Anna Kay Faris (born November 29, 1976) is an American actress and singer known for her comic roles. Faris has appeared in the Scary Movie series of films, The Hot Chick (2002), Lost in Translation (2003), and My Super Ex-Girlfriend (2006). In 2008, she had a starring role in The House Bunny, for which she earned an MTV Movie Awards nomination.
Her recent and upcoming films include Young Americans, Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel, and Observe and Report. She also provided voice acting in the animated film Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.
Faris was born in Baltimore, Maryland, the daughter of Karen, an elementary school teacher, and Jack Faris, a sociologist. She has a brother, Robert, and grew up in Edmonds, Washington. Her parents encouraged her to pursue acting when she was young, and she gave her first professional acting performance at age 9, at the Seattle Repertory Theater. After attending Edmonds Woodway High School, she studied English literature at the University of Washington.
Her first significant film role was in the independent production, Lovers Lane (1999). Her breakout role was in the horror film parody Scary Movie (2000). The 5'5" Faris, a natural blonde, dyed her hair black for the filming of Scary Movie and Scary Movie 2, so that her character more closely resembled Neve Campbell, who played the corresponding character in Scream, one of the films that Scary Movie parodied.
Faris gained further popularity after she received the role of the recurring character Erica, the birth mother for Monica and Chandler Bing, in the final season of the American sitcom Friends. She also appeared in the critically acclaimed film, Lost in Translation—in which she plays an actress promoting the fictional action movie, Midnight Velocity.
Faris appeared in the film Waiting..., with Ryan Reynolds and Justin Long. In 2005, she appeared again with Reynolds in Just Friends, playing a supporting role as a pop-diva singer named "Samantha James." Faris' role as the motor-mouthed "LaShawn Malone," in Brokeback Mountain (2005) brought her to the attention of a much wider audience. Faris starred with Uma Thurman and Luke Wilson in the feature film My Super Ex-Girlfriend (2006). In 2008, she appeared in the comedy Young Americans, playing Topher Grace's twin sister, in addition to, Mama's Boy, with Jon Heder, Jeff Daniels and Diane Keaton and in Smiley Face, with Adam Brody and John Cho. In 2007, she produced and starred in The House Bunny, a film with Happy Madison Productions about a retired Playboy bunny. In the summer 2007 season of HBO's Entourage, Faris guest-starred as herself. Faris also made an appearance in a video on eatdrinkordie.com as herself with Internet wine guru Gary Vaynerchuk.
More recently, Faris co-starred as Seth Rogen's cosmetic counter girlfriend in Jody Hill's 2009 comedy, Observe and Report.
Faris won the "Stonette of the Year" award at High Times magazine's Stony Awards, in Los Angeles, on October 13, 2007, for her role in Smiley Face.
In 2009, she was nominated in MTV's Movie Awards for Best Comedic Performance for her movie The House Bunny.
In 2004, Faris married actor Ben Indra, whom she met while working on Lovers Lane and whom she had dated since 1999. She filed for divorce on April 3, 2007, citing irreconcilable differences. Faris married actor Chris Pratt, on July 9, 2009 in Bali.
|Born||Anna Kay Faris |
November 29, 1976 (1976-11-29)
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Ben Indra (2004–2007)|
Chris Pratt (2009–present)