Read of the Day: Vulture‘s Anna Faris Interview
5:40 pm, August 26th | by Colette McIntyre
We have been enamored with Anna Faris ever since we covertly rented the first Scary Movie from Blockbuster and watched it behind our mother’s back. Even if you don’t regularly turn to The House Bunny after a rough life experience like we do, we guarantee that you will find the actor’s recent Vulture interview, in which she declares that she wants to play “asexual characters,” completely charming.
It’s only on the drive—up toward Laurel Canyon, where Faris recently moved into a house across the street from her old one—that I remember what she told me about visitors. “I make everyone who comes over play acting games with me,” she said at lunch. “If they’re actors, we’ll write out a scene that’s melodramatic, sort of Lifetime-y movie scenarios where somebody’s auditioning to be the surrogate of the something and then someone else has to kill them.” Mercifully, since I am not an actor, and since Anna Faris is not a cruel person, my audition never happens. Instead, Faris leads me through her kitchen, past a six-foot vintage The Mole People poster, and out near the pool, where she opens a bottle of Chardonnay. She pours a third of it into my glass without blinking.
Faris and I had met to discuss her role on Mom, Chuck Lorre’s upcoming CBS sitcom about a newly sober single mom and her recovering-alcoholic mother (played by Allison Janney). She calls it a “dream job,” and sitting with her on her week off, I can understand why she’s so thrilled with the arrangement. But it’s a major change for the 36-year-old actress, who—save for guest roles on Entourage and Friends, and a couple of pilots that didn’t get picked up—has never done TV. As recently as 2011, Faris was producing and starring in major studio comedies like The House Bunny and What’s Your Number?, and her name was movie-synonymous with “outrageously dumb (but in a funny way) blonde.” Now Faris has “a boss, and co-workers” and the Hollywood equivalent of a 9-to-5. Most days she leads the cast and crew in a “Good show!” hands-in.
Faris wasn’t looking for work when the Mom script arrived. She’d just had Jack, her first son, with her husband, Parks and Recreation’s Chris Pratt, and she was weighing her options after 2011’s What’s Your Number?, a sort-of career litmus test, failed both critically and commercially. “A few things happened,” Faris explains carefully. “The release date changed. And Bridesmaids was such a game-changer for all of us—in the best way—but I think that also put some pressure on What’s Your Number? and any female comedy.” Also, the major-studio moviemaking process never runs smoothly: “There’s a lot of chefs, cooks in the kitchen.” Faris has the opposite of a poker face, and when I ask if she was pleased with the final product, some regret creeps through. “I was. I was. I liked it. I do,” she answers, her voice rising with each sentence. But she didn’t know what to do next. “I don’t know how many other chances you get to do that these days.”
To read the full interview, click here.