Faris at the 84th Academy Awards red carpet, February 2012
|Born||Anna Kay Faris
November 29, 1976
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
|Alma mater||University of Washington|
|Spouse(s)||Ben Indra (2004–2008)
Chris Pratt (2009–present)
Anna Kay Faris (/ /; born November 29, 1976) is an American actress and singer. She is known for her comedic roles in the Scary Movie film series, Lost in Translation, The House Bunny, My Super Ex-Girlfriend, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Yogi Bear, What's Your Number?, The Dictator, and I Give It a Year.
Faris was born in Baltimore, Maryland. Her family moved to Edmonds, Washington when Faris was six years old. Her father, Jack, was a sociologist who worked at the University of Washington as a vice president of internal communications and later headed the Washington Biotechnology and Biomedical Association, and her mother, Karen, was a special education teacher at Seaview Elementary School in Edmonds. Faris has an older brother, Robert, who is also a sociologist and a professor at the University of California, Davis.
Her parents encouraged her to pursue acting when she was young, and she gave her first professional acting performance at the age of 9 in a three-month run of Arthur Miller's one-act play Danger: Memory! at the Seattle Repertory Theater. She went on to play Scout in a production of To Kill a Mockingbird at the Issaquah, Washington, Village Theatre, and played the title character in Heidi and Rebecca in Our Town. While attending Edmonds-Woodway High School, Faris appeared in a frozen-yogurt TV commercial. After graduating from high school in 1994, Faris attended the University of Washington and earned a degree in English literature. Around this time, "my third or fourth job was a training video for Red Robin, which is a burger chain out West. I play, like, the perfect hostess. And I think they still use it," she said in May 2012.
Faris' first film role came shortly after college with her independent film, Lovers Lane in 1999, in which she played an ill-fated cheerleader. Her breakout role came the following year in 2000 in the horror-film parody Scary Movie where she played Cindy Campbell. She appeared on the TV series Friends in the recurring role of Erica, the mother whose twin babies are adopted by Chandler and Monica. She also appeared in Shallow Hal in 2001.
In 2003, she said she was "cast last-minute" in the film Lost in Translation, in which she played an actress promoting an action movie. She appeared in the films Waiting... and Just Friends both alongside Ryan Reynolds. She went on to supporting roles in film the 2006 films Brokeback Mountain and My Super Ex-Girlfriend. She then starred in 2007's Smiley Face, in a role that won her "Stoner of the Year" at High Times magazine's Stony Awards, in Los Angeles. In 2008, she produced and starred in The House Bunny, about a retired Playboy bunny. In the summer 2007 season of HBO's Entourage, Faris guest starred as herself in three episodes. She also made an appearance as herself in a video on Eatdrinkordie.com with Internet wine guru Gary Vaynerchuk.
She voiced Sam Sparks in the 2009 animated film Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, the computer-animated chipmunk Jeanette Miller in the live-action Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel (2009) and Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked (2011). In 2011, she starred in and served as executive producer of the 2011 romantic comedy What's Your Number? alongside Chris Evans. In 2012, she starred alongside Sacha Baron Cohen in the The Dictator. She appeared in the comedy film Movie 43 in the segment "The Proposition" alongside her husband Chris Pratt. In 2013, she appeared in I Give It a Year and reprises her role as Sam Sparks in the sequel Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2. She is the main role in the sitcom series Mom as Christy.
In the media
Faris has appeared on the covers of Raygun, Playboy, Self, Cosmopolitan and other magazines. She was listed as No. 57, No. 39, and No. 42 in Maxim magazine's "Hot 100" in 2004, 2009, and 2010 respectively. In 2009, she was ranked No. 60 in FHM's "100 Sexiest Women in the World", and ranked No. 96 in 2010. Ask Men featured her as No. 78 on "100 Most Desirable Women in the World" in 2009. In 2010, Cosmopolitan magazine named her "the Cosmo’s Fun Fearless Female of the Year" – stating that “She makes us laugh – and cringe – by pushing the limits of comedy in a way no other actress can”. Tad Friend described her in The New Yorker as "Hollywood's most original comic actress".
While filming Lovers Lane in London, Faris met her first husband, Ben Indra. They began dating in that year and were married in June 2004, but they divorced in April 2007, citing irreconcilable differences. As part of their divorce agreement, which was finalized in February 2008, Faris agreed to pay Indra $900,000 in addition to other property and acting royalties. Faris met her second husband, actor Chris Pratt, on the set of Take Me Home Tonight. They became engaged in January, and married on July 9, 2009 in a small ceremony in Bali. The couple have a son named Jack (born on August 17, 2012).
|1999||Lovers Lane||Janelle Bay|
|2000||Scary Movie||Cindy Campbell|
|2001||Scary Movie 2||Cindy Campbell|
|2002||Hot Chick, TheThe Hot Chick||April|
|2003||Lost in Translation||Kelly|
|2003||Scary Movie 3||Cindy Campbell|
|2005||Brokeback Mountain||Lashawn Malone|
|2005||Just Friends||Samantha James|
|2006||Scary Movie 4||Cindy Campbell|
|2006||My Super Ex-Girlfriend||Hannah Lewis|
|2006||Guilty Hearts||Jane Conelly|
|2007||Smiley Face||Jane F.|
|2007||Mama's Boy||Nora Flanagan|
|2008||House Bunny, TheThe House Bunny||Shelley Darlington||Also producer|
|2008||The Spleenectomy||Danielle / Dr. Fields||Short|
|2009||Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel||Cassie|
|2009||Observe and Report||Brandi|
|2009||Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs||Sam Sparks||Voice role|
|2009||Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel||Jeanette Miller||Voice role|
|2010||Yogi Bear||Rachel Johnson|
|2011||Take Me Home Tonight||Wendy Franklin|
|2011||What's Your Number?||Ally Darling||Also executive producer|
|2011||Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked||Jeanette Miller||Voice role|
|2013||Movie 43||Julie||Segment: "The Proposition"|
|2013||I Give It a Year||Chloe|
|2013||Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2||Sam Sparks||Voice role|
|1991||Deception: A Mother's Secret||Liz||Movie|
|2002–04||King of the Hill||Lisa / Stoned Hippie Chick / Teen Girl Hippie||2 episodes|
|2008/11||Saturday Night Live||Herself / Host||2 episodes|
|2003||"Nobody Does It Better"||Lost in Translation||Emperor Norton Records|
|2005||"Forgiveness"||Just Friends||New Line Records|
|2005||"Love from Afar"||Just Friends||New Line Records|
|2005||"Just a Guy"||Just Friends||New Line Records|
|2007||"Old-Fashioned Girl"||Mama's Boy||Lakeshore Records|
Awards and nominations
|2000||Scary Movie||MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss||Nominated|
|2000||Scary Movie||MTV Movie Award for Breakthrough Female Performance||Nominated|
|2005||Brokeback Mountain||Gotham Award for Best Ensemble Cast||Nominated|
|2005||Brokeback Mountain||Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture||Nominated|
|2005||Just Friends||MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss||Nominated|
|2005||Just Friends||Teen Choice Award for Choice Hissy Fit||Nominated|
|2005||Just Friends||Teen Choice Award for Choice Liplock||Nominated|
|2006||My Super Ex-Girlfriend||MTV Movie Award for Best Fight (with Uma Thurman)||Nominated|
|2008||House Bunny, TheThe House Bunny||MTV Movie Award for Best Comedic Performance||Nominated|
|2012||Dictator, TheThe Dictator||CinemaCon Comedy Star of the Year Award||Won|
|2014||Mom||People's Choice Award for Favorite New TV Actress||Pending|
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