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Anna Kay Faris (born November 29, 1976) is an American actress. She is best known for her comic roles in Scary Movie series of films, The Hot Chick (2002), Lost in Translation (2003), Just Friends (2005), My Super Ex-Girlfriend (2006), Smiley Face (2007), and The House Bunny (2008). She also provided voice acting in the animated film Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009).

Early life

Faris was born in Baltimore, Maryland, the daughter of Karen, a former special education instructor, and Jack Faris, a sociologist who worked at the University of Washington and headed the Washington Biotechnology and Biomedical Association.[1][2] She has a brother, Robert, who is also a sociologist and teaches at the University of California, Davis. Faris grew up in Edmonds, Washington.[3] 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.

Film career

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 5'4" Faris, a natural blonde,[4] 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, the main film that Scary Movie parodied.

Faris gained further popularity after she received the role of the recurring character Erica, the mother whose baby is adopted by Chandler and Monica 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 an action movie.

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's role as 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 Kids in America, playing Topher Grace's twin sister,[5] 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. She also made an appearance as herself in a video on eatdrinkordie.com with Internet wine guru Gary Vaynerchuk.[6]

Faris won the "Stoner of the Year" award at High Times magazine's Stony Awards, in Los Angeles, on October 13, 2007, for her role in Smiley Face.[7]

Faris co-starred as the cosmetic counter employee on whom Seth Rogen has a crush in Jody Hill's 2009 comedy, Observe and Report.[8] She received a MTV Movie Award nomination for Best Comedic Performance for her movie, The House Bunny. After that, she starred alongside Bill Hader in Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs where she played weather reporter, Sam Sparks.

Personal life

Faris met her future husband Ben Indra, during filming of the 1999 independent horror Lovers Lane. They began dating in 1999, and were married in June 2004. She filed for divorce in April 2007, citing irreconcilable differences.

She began dating actor Chris Pratt, and they became engaged in 2008. The couple married in a small ceremony in Bali on July 9, 2009. In an interview, Faris said of Pratt, "He's awesome. He's a great, great guy. I feel really lucky."

Filmography

Film
Year Title Role Notes
1991 Deception: A Mother's Secret Liz
1996 Eden Dithy
1999 Lovers Lane Janelle Bay
2000 Scary Movie Cindy Campbell Nominated — MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss
Nominated — MTV Movie Award for Breakthrough Female Performance
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
2004 Spelling Bee Jane Connelly
2005 Southern Belles Belle
2005 Waiting... Serena
2005 Brokeback Mountain Lashawn Malone Nominated — Gotham Award for Best Ensemble Cast
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2005 Just Friends Samantha James Nominated — MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss
Nominated — Teen Choice Award for Choice Hissy Fit
Nominated — Teen Choice Award for Choice Liplock
2006 Scary Movie 4 Cindy Campbell
2006 My Super Ex-Girlfriend Hannah Lewis Nominated — MTV Movie Award for Best Fight
2006 Guilty Hearts Jane Conelly
2007 Smiley Face Jane F
2007 Mama's Boy Nora Flanagan
2008 The House Bunny Shelley Darlington Also producer
Nominated — MTV Movie Award for Best Comedic Performance
2008 The Spleenectomy Danielle / Dr. Fields
2009 Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel Cassie
2009 Observe and Report Brandi
2009 Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs Sam Sparks Voice
2009 Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel Jeanette Voice
2010 Yogi Bear Rachel
2010 Untitled Comedy Vanessa
2011 Kids in America Wendy Franklin
2011 What's Your Number? Ally Darling
Television
Year Title Role Notes
2002–2004 King of the Hill Various voices Episodes: "Fun with Jane and Jane" and "Phish and Wildlife"
2004 Friends Erica Episodes: "The One with the Birth Mother", "The One Where Joey Speaks French", "The One with Rachel's Going Away Party", "The Last One: Part 1", and "The Last One: Part 2"
2005 Blue Skies Sarah TV movie
2007 Entourage Herself Episodes: "The Young and the Stoned", "Snow Job", and "No Cannes Do"

Discography

Year Title Notes
2005 "Forgiveness" Just Friends soundtrack
2005 "Love From Afar" Just Friends soundtrack
2005 "Just A Guy" Just Friends (DVD)

References

External links

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