Anna Faris

Anna Faris


11/29/1976, Baltimore, Maryland, USA

Birth Name

Anna Kay Faris



Also Known As

Anna Kay Faris
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Difficult to recognize in her natural blonde state following her turn as a raven-haired Neve Campbell knockoff in Scary Movie and it's sequel, Anna made her professional acting debut at the tender age of nine at Washington's Seattle Repertory Theater. Refining her skills in improvisational theater, she later…more


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    • Anna: My parents were really strict when I was growing up. When we all went to the theatre to see the first Scary Movie I warned my momma when I told her to get up and go and buy popcorn, she had to go and buy popcorn. But I'd like to think that I'd broken my parents in early. At least because I could have been part of a raunchier movie so that when I go on to play a crack whore that's naked all the time my parents won't be so upset.

    • Anna: There are a lot of great comediennes who have influenced me. But I never ever thought that I would have any comedic ability. My family didn't think so either. My brother said to me the other day: "What happened to you? You used to be so uptight and anal and serious. Now you're fun-loving and really cool to be around."

    • Anna: (when asked, "Are you a funny person?") No! I really don't think that I am. I was never the class clown or anything like that. When I was growing up and doing theatre in Seattle I was always doing very dramatic work. So it came as a surprise to my family and friends that I was in this comedy. Now I can't get a dramatic role to save my life! I only do comedy now so it's funny how life takes a turn.

    • Anna: I never really saw myself as a comedian, and it's been unbelievable to see that people think of me in that way to some degree. I love doing the Scary Movies, but I feel like I'm at a creative standstill with them. I'm looking forward to doing some more three-dimensional characters. Then again, I'd be pretty content if I were doing Scary Movie 20.

    • Anna: (about working with Hugh Hefner) Hugh Hefner was a great sport. In that scene where he's eating all the ice cream, we were in his bedroom, it was, like, 110 degrees and he had to eat a lot of ice cream, [but] he was really great about it. He was always in a good mood and [wanted] to do it again.

    • Anna: (about being nude in The House Bunny) I [originally] had a body double, but then we had some complicating factors with her. It was sort of a last-minute thing where I was just like, "I'll go ahead and do this." I was really uncomfortable when this crew that knows me when I put on my producer hat suddenly sees me naked, [so] it was a little humiliating.

    • Anna: I was anticipating that experience at the [Playboy] mansion to be a highly competitive between the women. From my distant observance, I didn't see that at all. Everyone was much more friendly and supportive, much more so than actresses can be with each other, which was interesting and really refreshing. I have a whole new respect for those girls.

    • Anna: (about The House Bunny) I pitched the idea of the character to the writers of Legally Blonde and then they wrote the script and figured out the rest of the plot points. At our pitch meetings, the two writers would sit beside me on opposite sides of the couch and they would tell the story [while] I would be in character. Sometimes, it really didn't go so well, but sometimes it did. It was a great learning experience for me. It was putting on a little performance and selling something and that was great.

    • Anna: There's such a boy's club with comedy in Hollywood and that's what Ben Stiller, Adam Sandler and Will Ferrell do-they develop their own comedies. I would really love to be a part of that as well. I did get a little tired of feeling like I'm waiting around for somebody to cast me in their comedy. That would happen, at times, but usually they'd be more of the straight-girl roles that aren't nearly as much fun to play. [So], it was necessary for me to take some kind of initiative with my own career. I feel very fortunate with this one. I certainly wasn't very powerful, necessarily, in the whole process, but I feel like if I did it once, then I can do it again.

    • Anna: One of the things that comedy has given me over the years is a really good ability to laugh at myself and to not take things that don't matter too much too seriously. I feel that very little offends me anymore and I'm really grateful for that because I think I was a pretty uptight little kid.

    • Anna: May was a really fun to make - I only worked about four days on it, so it wasn't anything like making a studio film - but it was fun. It was very low budget. I kept thinking "I wonder what this film is going to be like?" I wanted to play a role that was different than anything I'd ever done before. It was such a surprise when it got into Sundance and then it sold the first night. You chould have seen the Sundance audience though- they were crazy- they laughed the whole way through. Angela Bettis is great- she's so talented and I really like Lucky.

    • Anna: I sleep on my stomach, usually with a pillow sort of resting on top of my head, instead of under it. I know it's terrible for your back, but I can't sleep any other way. I get nightmares if I sleep on my back.

    • Anna: (talking about doing Scary Movie 5) I think I would. After Scary Movie 3, I was like, "no I'm done," but then, here I am and I had so much fun making this one, that I think that I would. I would definitely be open to doing it.

    • Anna: (about playing Cindy Campbell in the Scary Movie series) I love it. She is one of my favorite characters because she has such great intentions but she's too crazy to follow through with them .

    • Anna: (about working with Ivan Reitman) I was really thrilled to work with such a legend, of comedy. And he's a really, really smart man, and I was honored.

    • Anna: I'm not so much the "scary movie" girl in the eyes of Hollywood. I'm more the funny girl.

    • Anna: (talking about being in Scary Movie 4) I still can't believe it. It's been a great experience though. I'm so happy that I've been able to be a part of all of them.

    • Anna: I'd love to be able to balance things out, doing some more serious work, and then being able to come back and do a Scary Movie. It sounds pretty ideal to me.

    • Anna: I've learned that there's no vanity in comedy. And also, I've learned how to do a lot of physical comedy. Just the gags, the falling, the tripping, getting hit by things, and falling back and that stuff sort of requires a certain amount of skill.

    • Anna: (talking about the Scary Movie series) They're really fun for me to do. It's sort of like putting on an old pair of jeans. It's the only environment now that I can approach film-wise where I'm really comfortable.

    • Anna: I try to keep my head on straight and take nothing for granted.

    • Anna: Yeah, I do like scary movies, especially the ones that don't take themselves too seriously.

    • Anna: I'm not easily grossed out, but you can't help being turned off a little at the thought of being plastered to the ceiling by your boyfriend's man-juice.

    • Anna: There just aren't that many roles written for young women that are character-y kind of roles, especially in comedies.

    • Anna: It takes, truly, a lack of vanity and just being able to take some risks and being OK with looking like a fool, which I am very OK with now.

    • Anna: If I'm doing 'Scary Movie 12,' I'll have to consider myself pretty lucky. Just to be a working actor is still pretty thrilling to me.