Anna Kay Faris ( born November 29, 1976) 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.
Her breakthrough came with the role of Cindy Campbell in Scary Movie (2000), which spawned a film franchise. She appeared in the subsequent three sequels of the movie, with her last appearance being in the fourth installment, released in 2006. She became a recurring character on the TV sitcom Friends during its last season in 2004. 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). 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.
I Give It a Year
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). 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.
Her first 2013 release was Movie 43, an independent black-comedy portmanteau featuring 14 segments, each with a different director. Faris’ segment, titled The Proposition, was directed by Steve Carr and revolves around a man who attempts to propose to his girlfriend, but she reveals to him that she is a coprophiliac. This marked Faris’ third collaboration with her husband Chris Pratt, following the 2011 comedies Take Me Home Tonight and What’s Your Number?. In the British romantic-comedy I Give It a Year, Faris had the supporting role of Chloe, an old flame of Rafe Spall’s character, who just hastily tied the knot with Nat (Rose Byrne).
CBS sitcom series
In January 2013, she was cast in the main role of the CBS sitcom series Mom, which debuted later that year on September 23. Her character is Christy, a newly sober single mother who tries to pull her life together in Napa Valley. As she landed the part, the show gave Faris, who had guest-starred in various television programs until then, her first full-time television role. Besides being a ratings success, the sitcom and Faris received generally favorable reviews. For her work on the show, Faris has been nominated for one Prism Award and two People’s Choice Awards.
Faris reprised her voice role as weather intern Sam Sparks in the animated science-fiction comedy sequel Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, released on September 27, 2013. The following year, she had an uncredited cameo in the closing-credits sequence of the action-comedy 22 Jump Street, appearing in a segment called 30 Jump Street: Flight Academy.
20th Century Fox
She launched Anna Faris is Unqualified, an advice podcast, in November 2015; she is the host of the show, which features human interest stories and interviews with celebrities as they offer relationship advices to callers. She reprised the voiceover role of Jeanette in the The Road Chip, the fourth installment in the Alvin and the Chipmunks film series. The movie was released on December 18, 2015, by 20th Century Fox. In the 2016 action-comedy Keanu, Faris has a brief appearance as an exaggerated version of herself.