Early life[ edit ] Anna Kay Faris was born on November 29, , in Baltimore , Maryland ,  the second child of Jack, a sociology professor, and Karen Faris, a special education teacher.
She enjoyed watching plays and eventually produced her own material in her bedroom with friends who lived in her neighborhood. Faris has said in interviews she often imagined her retainer talking to her, remarking that she would picture herself "on talk shows to talk about [her] talking retainer". She once described herself as a drama-club "dork", stating that she used to wear a Christmas-tree skirt in school and did not date until senior year.
However, she ended up living in Los Angeles "at the last minute", once she committed to the idea of pursuing mainstream acting, eventually getting the starring role in Scary Movie. Early acting credits[ edit ] Her parents encouraged her to pursue acting when she was young,  and she gave her first professional acting performance when she was 9 years old in a three-month run of Arthur Miller 's play Danger: While attending high school, Faris appeared in a frozen yogurt TV commercial.
Around this time, "my third or fourth job was a training video for Red Robin , which is a burger chain out West. I play, like, the perfect hostess. And I think they still use it", she said in May A Mother's Secret, where she played a character named Liz, and later was cast in a supporting role in the small-scale drama Eden, which was screened at the Sundance Film Festival. Faris' first major film role came shortly after college with her independent slasher film, Lovers Lane , in which she played an ill-fated cheerleader.
Critical reception towards the feature was mixed,   but for her part, Faris got her early acting reviews by writers; website efilmcritic. Scary Movie and breakthrough[ edit ] Faris' break-out role came in when she starred in the horror-comedy parody film Scary Movie ,  portraying Cindy Campbell, a play on the character of Sidney Prescott Neve Campbell in the slasher thriller Scream.
It marked her first starring credit, as she had only appeared in small and supporting parts in theater plays and low-budgeted features until then. Faris saw the experience of working on the movie as a "great boot camp" for her, as she told UK's The Guardian in , explaining that she "hadn't done much before that. With those movies, you have to be so exact with your props and the physical comedy and everything, so it was a great training ground". Faris subsequently reprised her role in Scary Movie 2 , released on July 4, Her next film role was that of the lesbian colleague of a lonely and traumatized young woman in the independent psychological thriller May , which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and received a release in selected theaters.
Christopher Tookey of the Daily Mail described McAdams and Faris as "talents to watch, but they are let down by everything around them". As her character had just "one scene in the movie", she only spent two days on set in Calgary. Faris starred in the comedies Waiting It was initially intended to be the final chapter in the Scary Movie franchise but a fifth feature was released on April 12, ; she did not return to appear in the film.
Continued comedic roles[ edit ] In Gregg Araki 's independent stoner comedy Smiley Face , Faris starred as Jane F, a young woman who has a series of misadventures after eating a large number of cupcakes laced with cannabis. Distributed for a limited release to certain parts of the United States only, the film premiered on November 30, , to lukewarm critical and commercial responses. She appeared as Shelley, a former Playboy bunny who signs up to be the "house mother" of an unpopular university sorority after finding out she must leave the Playboy Mansion.
Although the movie received average reviews, critics' reactions towards Faris' part were unanimously favorable,  most of them agreeing, according to website Rotten Tomatoes, that she was "game" in what they called a "middling, formulaic comedy". Faris played Cassie, a girl from the future who sets the adventure in motion. The Guardian described her appearance as a "bewildered cameo". She was drawn to appear in the movie, as it gave Faris the opportunity to play an "awful character", rather than the usual "roles where you have to win the audience over or win the guy over, and be charming".
The Squeakquel , both of which were box office succeses. It was released by Warner Bros. Filmed in , the film received a wide theatrical release four years later, on March 4, , to negative reviews and lackluster box office returns. It garnered generally mediocre reviews from writers, who concluded that the "comic timing" of Faris was "sharp as always", but felt it was wasted in "this predictable, boilerplate comedy". Chipwrecked , released in December Her next film role was that of a human rights activist befriending a childish autocrat in the political satire The Dictator , co-starring Sacha Baron Cohen.
The kind of true-believer purity she brings to Zoey's eco-terrorizing rants comes close to stealing Baron Cohen's comic thunder". Released shortly after Movie 43, the film received mixed reviews and was a commercial success in the UK. Her character is Christy, a newly-sober single mom who tries to pull her life together in Napa Valley. Perigard wrote in his verdit: Faris reprised her voice-role in the animated science-fiction comedy sequel Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 , released in theaters four days after Mom premiered on television.
And then I just thought, I kind of want a hobby [ And I just started recording my friends when they would come over. It started out as a dinky hobby". The movie was released on December 18, by 20th Century Fox.
Faris herself",  and The Ringer remarked: Club once stated it was a "pleasure to watch" Faris on screen and described her as "a gifted, likeable comedian who tends to be the best element of many terrible movies".
It would be wonderful to see her in a movie that tested the limits of that audacity, rather than forcing her to tamp it down". No matter how outrageously or foolishly Faris' Jane behaves, she remains blissfully appealing—such are Faris' fearless comedic skills and the freshness of her radiant blond beauty". She has been listed as No. Ask Men also featured her as No. I kept thinking, 'Am I betraying my own gender by doing this?
But it came down to a really simple thing: I wanted to fill out a bikini. What would that feel like? It was fucking awesome.