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Anna Kay Faris[1] (/ˈɑːnə ˈfærɨs/[2]; born November 29, 1976)[1] is an American actress and singer. She is known for her comedic roles in the Scary Movie film seriesLost in TranslationThe House BunnyMy Super Ex-GirlfriendCloudy with a Chance of MeatballsYogi BearWhat's Your Number?The Dictator, and I Give It a Year.

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Early life[edit]Edit

Faris was born in Baltimore, Maryland.[1] Her family moved to Edmonds, Washington when Faris 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[4] and later headed the Washington Biotechnology and Biomedical Association,[4][5] and her mother, Karen, was a special education teacher[4] at Seaview Elementary School[3] in Edmonds. Faris has an older brother, Robert, who is also a sociologist and a professor at the University of California, Davis.[5][6]

Her parents encouraged her to pursue acting when she was young,[7] and she gave her first professional acting performance at the age of 9 in a three-month run of Arthur Miller's one-act playDanger: 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.[3] 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.[8]

Career[edit]Edit

[1][2]Faris in January 2007

Faris' first film role came shortly after college with her independent filmLovers 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.[9] 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.[10] In 2008, she produced and starred in The House Bunny, about a retired Playboy bunny.[5] In the summer 2007 season of HBO'sEntourage, 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"[11] 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 sitcom series Mom as Christy.[12]

In the media[edit]Edit

[3][4]Faris at the premiere of Observe and Report at the 2009 South by Southwest Festival

Faris has appeared on the covers of RaygunPlayboy,[13] Self,[14] Cosmopolitan[15] 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”.[16] Tad Friend described her in The New Yorker as "Hollywood's most original comic actress".[7]

Personal life[edit]Edit

While filming Lovers Lane in London, Faris met her first husband, Ben Indra.[3] They began dating in that year and were married in June 2004, but they divorced in April 2007, citing irreconcilable differences.[17] 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.[18] Faris met her second husband, actor Chris Pratt, on the set of Take Me Home Tonight.[7] They became engaged in January,[19] and married on July 9, 2009 in a small ceremony in Bali.[20] The couple have a son named Jack (born on August 17, 2012).[21]

Filmography[edit]Edit

Film[edit]Edit

Year Title Role Notes
1996 Eden[22] Dithy
1999 Lovers Lane Janelle Bay
2000 Scary Movie Cindy Campbell
2001 Scary Movie 2 Cindy Campbell
2002 May Polly
2002 The Hot Chick April
2003 Winter Break Justine
2003 Lost in Translation Kelly
2003 Scary Movie 3 Cindy Campbell
2005 Southern Belles Belle
2005 Waiting... Serena
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 The 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
2012 The Dictator Zoey
2013 Movie 43 Julie Segment: "The Proposition"[11]
2013 I Give It a Year Chloe
2013 Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 Sam Sparks Voice role

Television[edit]Edit

Year Title Role Notes
1991 Deception: A Mother's Secret Liz Movie
2002–04 King of the Hill Lisa / Stoned Hippie Chick / Teen Girl Hippie 2 episodes
2004 Friends Erica 5 episodes
2005 Blue Skies Sarah Movie
2007 Entourage Herself 3 episodes
2008/11 Saturday Night Live Herself / Host 2 episodes
2013 Mom Christy Main role

Discography[edit]Edit

Year Title Album Label
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[edit]Edit

Year Nominated work Award Result
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[23]
2014 Mom People's Choice Award for Favorite New TV Actress Pending
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