Anna Faris – Is wonderfully funny and so very sexy. She has a great attitude and you just know she’d be fun to hang out with. Not to mention that she’s beyond sexy. — Quality is our goal.
Anna Faris (/ˈɑːnə ˈfærɪs/; born November 29, 1976) is an American actress, producer, podcaster, and author. She rose to prominence for her work in comedic roles, particularly the lead part of Cindy Campbell in the Scary Movie films (2000–2006). Faris has appeared in a number of films, including The Hot Chick (2002), May (2002), Lost in Translation (2003), Brokeback Mountain (2005), Just Friends (2005), My Super Ex-Girlfriend (2006), Smiley Face (2007), The House Bunny (2008), What’s Your Number? (2011), The Dictator (2012), and Overboard (2018). On television, she had a recurring role as Erica, the birth mother to Monica Geller and Chandler Bing’s twins in the final season of NBC sitcom Friends (2004). From 2013 to 2020, Faris starred as Christy Plunkett on the CBS sitcom Mom.
Anna Faris was born on November 29, 1976, in Baltimore, Maryland, the second child of Jack, a sociology professor, and Karen Faris, a special education teacher. Both her parents, natives of Seattle, Washington, were living in Baltimore at the time of Faris’ birth, as her father had accepted a professorship at Towson University.
When Anna Faris was six years old, the family relocated to Edmonds, Washington. Her father worked at the University of Washington as a vice president of internal communications, and later headed the Washington Biotechnology and Biomedical Association, while her mother taught 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. In interviews, she has described her parents as “ultra liberal“ and said that she and her brother were raised in an irreligious but “very conservative,” traditional atmosphere. At age six, her parents enrolled her in a community drama class for children as they usually encouraged her to act. She enjoyed watching plays and eventually produced her own material in her bedroom with neighborhood friends. She 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”.
Anna Faris attended Edmonds-Woodway High School (from which she graduated in 1994), and while studying, she performed onstage with a Seattle repertory company and in nationally broadcast radio plays. She once described herself as “a drama-club dork,” stating that she used to wear a Christmas-tree skirt in school and did not date until senior year. “I liked guys, but no one really liked me,” she recalled. She then attended the University of Washington and earned a degree in English literature in 1999.
Despite her love for acting, Anna 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. After graduating from college, Faris was going to travel to London, where she had a receptionist job lined up at an ad agency. 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. At 22, she lived in a studio apartment at the Ravenswood in Hancock Park.
Anna Faris’ break-out role came in 2000 when she starred in the horror-comedy parody film Scary Movie, portraying Cindy Campbell, a play on the character of Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell) in the slasher thriller Scream. It marked her first starring credit, as she had only appeared in small and supporting parts in theater plays and low-budgeted features until then.
Anna Faris saw the experience of working on the movie as a “great boot camp” for her, as she told UK’s The Guardian in 2009, explaining that she “hadn’t done much before that. With those movies, you have to be so exact with your props and the physical comedy and everything, so it was a great training ground.” Scary Movie was a major commercial success, ranking atop the box office charts with a US$42 million opening weekend gross. It went on to earn US$278 million worldwide. For her performance, she received nominations for the Breakthrough Female Performance and Best Kiss Awards at the 2001 MTV Movie Awards. Faris subsequently reprised her role in Scary Movie 2, released on July 4, 2001.