Faris in July 2014
November 29, 1976 |
Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Faris is known for her roles as Cindy Campbell in the Scary Movie film series (2000–06), Kelly in Lost in Translation (2003), Shelley in The House Bunny (2008), Serena in Waiting... (2005), Hannah in My Super Ex-Girlfriend (2006), the voice of Sam Sparks in Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009) and its sequel Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 (2013), Rachel Johnson in Yogi Bear (2010), Ally Darling in What's Your Number? (2011), Zoey in The Dictator (2012), and Chloe in I Give It a Year (2013).
Faris was born in Baltimore, Maryland. Her family moved to Edmonds, Washington when she 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. 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 in 1999. 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 reprised the role in three of the four sequels, Scary Movie 2 (2001), Scary Movie 3 (2003), and Scary Movie 4 (2006). She did not return for Scary Movie 5 (2013). She appeared on the TV series Friends in the recurring role of Erica, the mother whose twin babies are adopted by Chandler and Monica.
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 the films Brokeback Mountain (2005) and My Super Ex-Girlfriend (2006). 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 season four of HBO's Entourage, Faris guest starred as herself in three episodes and appeared 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 hybrid 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 film What's Your Number? alongside Chris Evans.
In 2012, she starred alongside Sacha Baron Cohen in 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 plays the main role in the CBS 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".
Faris married Ben Indra in 2004, but filed for divorce from him 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 actor Chris Pratt, in early 2007 on the set of Take Me Home Tonight. They became engaged two years later and married on July 9, 2009 in a small ceremony in Bali, Indonesia. They have a son, Jack, who was born nine weeks premature in August 2012, spent a month in the NICU, then was able to come home.
|1991||Deception: A Mother's Secret||Liz||Television film|
|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||Blue Skies||Sarah||Television film|
|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||Producer|
|2008||The Spleenectomy||Danielle / Dr. Fields||Short film|
|2009||Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel||Cassie|
|2009||Observe and Report||Brandi|
|2009||Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs||Sam Sparks||Voice|
|2009||Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel||Jeanette Miller||Voice|
|2010||Yogi Bear||Rachel Johnson|
|2011||Take Me Home Tonight||Wendy Franklin|
|2011||What's Your Number?||Ally Darling||Executive producer|
|2011||Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked||Jeanette Miller||Voice|
|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|
|2014||22 Jump Street||Flight Academy Cadet||Uncredited cameo|
|2002||King of the Hill||Lisa||Voice
Episode: "Fun with Jane and Jane"
|2004||King of the Hill||Stoned Hippie Chick||Voice
Episode: "Phish and Wildlife"
|2007||Entourage||Herself||Series 4, episodes 9 and 10|
|2008||Saturday Night Live||Herself / Host||Host
Season 34, episode 3
|2011||Saturday Night Live||Herself||Host
Season 37, episode 4
|2013–present||Mom||Christy Plunkett||46 episodes|
||This section of a biography of a living person does not include any references or sources. (May 2015)|
|2003||Lost in Translation||"Nobody Does It Better"||Emperor Norton Records|
|2005||Just Friends||"Forgiveness"||New Line Records|
|2005||Just Friends||"Love from Afar"||New Line Records|
|2005||Just Friends||"Just a Guy"||New Line Records|
|2007||Mama's Boy||"Old-Fashioned Girl"||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||The House Bunny||MTV Movie Award for Best Comedic Performance||Nominated|
|2012||The Dictator||CinemaCon Comedy Star of the Year Award||Won|
|2014||Mom||People's Choice Award for Favorite Actress in a New TV Series||Nominated|
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