There’s no doubt that Anna Faris is one of the most charming stars in Hollywood. Not only does she come across as totally down-to-earth and relatable, but she’s also one of the funniest actresses around.
Faris has won over the hearts of fans through her acting career and her hilarious podcast, Anna Faris Is Unqualified, and that’s just the beginning of her star power. Whether you love her as the outrageous superstar Samantha Jones in Just Friends, or can’t get enough of her lovable character, Christy, on Mom, being a fan of Faris is a no-brainer.
Because we, too, love the 40-year-old actress, we’ve rounded up five facts about her that might actually surprise you. Take a look below!
1. She began acting at a very young age.
Although you might’ve started to notice Faris when she starred in Scary Movie back in 2000, her actual acting career began when she was only nine years old, and it wasn’t in a movie! “I was nine. And I did an Arthur Miller play called Danger Memory, in the Seattle Reparatory Theater,” Faris recalled about her first gig during an interview with Sharp Magazine. “And I got paid two hundred and fifty dollars, I think. Which was huge. I felt like I was rolling in the dough. I think I’m still living off that.”
2. Faris was a recurring character on Friends.
If you’re a big-time Friends fan, you definitely remember Faris’ role on iconic sitcom, but in case you forgot, we’ll refresh your memory. Faris appeared on five episodes of Friends as Erica, the woman who ended up giving her baby (or babies rather) up for adoption to Monica and Chandler. Faris later revealed that working with such iconic actors was terrifying. “I was really intimidated,” Faris told Media Village about her first day on set. “It was also a big thrill to be a part of something so iconic, but mostly I was really terrified. It was a whole new format from anything I’d done and they were all so good at it, they’d been doing it for years. So it was very intimidating and basically terrifying for me.”
3. She almost became a receptionist.
Can you imagine the acting world without Faris? Well, it almost happened. The Mom star told Entertainment Weekly in 2016 that her plan after college — she graduated from the University of Washington — was to back up her bags and move across the pond (to London) to take a job as a receptionist at an ad agency. Luckily for us, she took her first movie role instead, and even though she’s not a major fan of her first real acting job, we’re so happy she didn’t move to London.
4. You can read about her life, because she wrote a book!
Come October 2017, you can read all about Faris’ life, career, and her journey to success in her first memoir, Unqualified, which is named after her hilarious podcast, Anna Faris Is Unqualified. “After years of telling people I don’t know what I’m talking about concerning a whole host of topics, it is deeply gratifying to learn that Dutton whole-heartedly agrees,” Faris said in the 2016 press release via Entertainment Weekly. “I could not be more excited to get my stories – on love, relationships and courtship – to the people who not only buy books, but then actually read those books. Namaste.”
5. She once hosted the People’s Choice Awards.
Back in 2015, Faris and her Mom co-star, Allison Janney took over the People’s Choice Awards and nailed it as co-hosts for the award show. We still can’t get over this duo’s awesome hosting skills. The best part, however, was how much both Faris and Janney truly enjoy each other’s company. Their on-screen chemistry as mother and daughter (on CBS’ Mom) really came through during the show and according to Faris her favorite part about hosting was, “getting to spend more time with Allison Janney!”
Seriously, Faris is ah-mazing! What’s your favorite thing about the awesome actress?
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