Anna Kay Faris ( /ˈɑːnə ˈfærɨs/; born November 29, 1976) is an American actress and singer. She is known for her starring role in the Scary Movie film series, as well as roles in The Hot Chick (2002), Lost in Translation (2003), Just Friends (2005), Brokeback Mountain (2005), Smiley Face (2007), The House Bunny (2008), Take Me Home Tonight (2011) and What's Your Number? (2011). She provided voice acting in the animated film Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009) and was a recurring character on the television sitcom Friends.
Anna Faris was born in Baltimore, Maryland. Her mother, Karen, was a special education teacher at Seaview Elementary School in Edmonds, Washington, where Faris was raised, and her father, Jack Faris, is a sociologist who worked at the University of Washington as a vice president of internal communications and later headed the Washington Biotechnology and Biomedical Association. She has a brother, Robert, who is also a sociologist and a professor at the University of California, Davis. At age 6, Faris moved with her family to Edmonds, Washington. Her parents encouraged her to pursue acting when she was young, and she gave her first professional acting performance at age 9, in a three-month run of Arthur Miller's one-act play Danger: 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 title character in Heidi and Rebecca in Our Town. At 14, while attending Edmonds-Woodway High School, she 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.
Her first film role came shortly after college, in the independent production Lovers Lane (1999), in which she played an ill-fated cheerleader. Her breakout role came the following year in the horror-film parody Scary Movie (2000). She gained further popularity after she received the role of the recurring character Erica, the mother whose twin babies are adopted by Chandler and Monica Bing, in the final season of the American sitcom Friends. She said she was "cast last-minute" in the film Lost in Translation (2003), in which she played an actress promoting an action movie.
Faris at the premiere of Observe and Report at the 2009 South by Southwest Festival
Faris appeared in the film Waiting... (2005), with Ryan Reynolds and Justin Long. That same year she appeared again with Reynolds in Just Friends, playing a supporting role as a pop-diva singer named Samantha James. Also that year came Faris's role as LaShawn Malone in Brokeback Mountain. Faris starred with Uma Thurman and Luke Wilson in My Super Ex-Girlfriend (2006). In 2007, she played in Mama's Boy, with Jon Heder, Jeff Daniels and Diane Keaton, and starred in 2007's Smiley Face, a role that won her "Stoner of the Year" at High Times magazine's Stony Awards, in Los Angeles, on October 13, 2007.
In 2008, she produced and starred in The House Bunny, about a retired Playboy bunny. In the summer 2007 season of HBO's Entourage, 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. Faris co-starred as the cosmetic counter employee on whom Seth Rogen has a crush in Jody Hill's 2009 comedy, Observe and Report. After that, she co-starred with Bill Hader providing voices for the animated film Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, in which she played weather reporter Sam Sparks. In 2010, Faris starred in Yogi Bear, playing Rachel, a nature documentarian who follows the antics of a bear in fictional Jellystone Park.
In 2011, she appeared in the comedy Take Me Home Tonight, playing Topher Grace's character's twin sister. She starred in What's Your Number?, released in 2011. The film was a romantic comedy based on Karyn Bosnak’s book 20 Times a Lady.
Choose Your Language
This changes the interface language of the site. It won't change the language of the site content.
This changes the content language of the site. It won't change your interface language.