Anna Faris is an American actress and producer. She has been mainly recognized as a comedic performer for her appearances in numerous comedy films throughout her career.
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1. Anna Kay Faris was born November 29, 1976 in Baltimore, Maryland.
2. Her family moved to Edmonds, Washington, when she was six years old.
3. 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.
4. 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 professor at the University of California, Davis.
5. Faris was raised with her brother in a “very conservative atmosphere”, and by the time she was 6, her parents enrolled her in a community drama class for kids as they usually encouraged her to act. She enjoyed watching plays and eventually produced her own material in her bedroom with friends who lived in her neighborhood.
6. Faris has said in interviews she often imagined her retainer talking to her, remarking that she would picture herself “on talk shows to talk about [her] talking retainer”.
7. Faris attended Edmonds-Woodway High School (where she graduated from in 1994), and while studying, she performed onstage with a Seattle repertory company and in nationally broadcast radio plays.
8. She once described herself as a drama-club “dork”, stating that she used to wear a Christmas-tree skirt in school and didn’t date until senior year.”I liked guys, but no one really liked me”, she recalled.
9. She then attended the University of Washington and earned a degree in English literature in 1999.
10. Despite her love for acting, Faris admitted she “never really thought [she] wanted to become a movie star” and continued to act “just to make some extra money”, hoping one day to publish a novel.
11. After graduating college, Faris was going to travel to London, where she had a receptionist job lined up at an ad agency.
12. However, she ended up living in Los Angeles “at the last minute”, once she committed to the idea of pursuing mainstream acting, eventually getting the starring role in Scary Movie.
13. At 22, she lived on her own in a studio apartment located at the Ravenswood in Hancock Park.
14. She appeared in the subsequent three sequels of Scary Movie, with her last appearance being in the fourth installment, released in 2006.
15. She became a recurring character on the TV sitcom Friends during its last season in 2004.
16. During the early to mid-2000s, she played supporting roles in dramatic pictures such as Lost in Translation (2003) and Brokeback Mountain (2005), and appeared in various comedies, including The Hot Chick (2002), Waiting… (2005), Just Friends (2005), and My Super Ex-Girlfriend (2006).
17. She received critical praise for her role in the indie black comedy Smiley Face (2007) and then starred in the Playboy-themed movie The House Bunny (2008) which was billed as her star vehicle and earned her an MTV Movie Award nomination for Best Comedic Performance.
18. In 2009, she co-appeared in Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel and Observe and Report, and also had voice-over roles in Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs as Sam Sparks and Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel as Jeanette (she has continued to lend her voice for both films’ sequels).
19. She starred and co-produced the feature What’s Your Number? (2011), which was followed by roles in the political satire The Dictator (2012), and the romantic comedy I Give It a Year (2013). Faris has played Christy Plunkett on the CBS sitcom Mom since 2013. The show has earned the actress further critical and popular acclaim and two People’s Choice Award nominations.
20. She started dating actor Ben Indra shortly after they met on the set of the 1999 indie slasher Lovers Lane.
21. They married in June 2004. Faris filed for divorce in April 2007 citing irreconcilable differences.
22. As part of their divorce agreement, which was finalized in February 2008, she agreed to pay Indra $900,000 in addition to other property and acting royalties.
23. Faris met actor Chris Pratt in early 2007 at the table read in Los Angeles for the film Take Me Home Tonight; in the film, their characters were love interests.
24. They started dating shortly after, became engaged in late 2008, and married on July 9, 2009, in a small ceremony in Bali, Indonesia.
25. They have a son, Jack, who was born in August 2012; he was nine weeks premature and spent a month in the NICU before going home.
26. The family lives in the Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles.
27. During her career, Faris has become notable for her comedic performances, and has been called one of the “most talented comic actresses” of her generation by several publications. Cosmopolitan magazine named her “the Cosmo’s Fun Fearless Female of the Year” in 2010, and Tad Friend described her in The New Yorker as “Hollywood’s most original comic actress”.