Anna Faris

Anna Kay Faris (born November 29, 1976) is an American actress best known for her lead role as Cindy Campbell in the Scary Movie films.


Early life

Faris was born in Baltimore, Maryland, the daughter of Karen and Jack Faris. She has a brother, Bob, and grew up in Seattle, Washington. Her parents encouraged her to pursue acting when she was young and she gave her first professional acting performance at age nine at the Seattle Repertory Theater. After attending Edmonds Woodway High School, she studied English literature at the University of Washington.

Film career

Her first significant film role was in the independent production Lovers Lane (1999). Her breakout role was the horror film parody Scary Movie (2000). The 5'4" Faris, a natural blonde, dyed her hair black for the filming of Scary Movie and Scary Movie 2 so that her character more closely resembled Neve Campbell, who played the corresponding character in Scream, one of the films that Scary Movie parodied.

Faris gained further popularity after becoming recurring character Erica in the final season of the popular American sitcom Friends. She also was in the critically acclaimed film Lost in Translation—in which she plays an actress promoting the fictional action movie Midnight Velocity.

Faris was in the film Waiting... with Ryan Reynolds and Justin Long. In 2005, she appeared again with Reynolds in Just Friends, playing a supporting role as a pop-diva singer named Samantha James. Faris's role as the motor- mouthed LaShawn Malone in Brokeback Mountain (2005) brought her to the attention of a much wider audience, her character being parodied by fans of the movie on the internet. Faris starred with Uma Thurman and Luke Wilson in the feature film My Super Ex-Girlfriend, released on July 21, 2006. She is currently in production on the comedy Kids in America, playing Topher Grace's twin sister, in addition to her upcoming films Mama's Boy with Jeff Daniels and Diane Keaton, and Smiley Face with Adam Brody and John Cho. As of 2007, she was producing and starring in The House Bunny, a film with Happy Madison Productions about a retired Playboy bunny. In the summer 2007 season of HBO's Entourage, Faris guest-starred as herself. Faris also made an appearance in a video on as herself with internet wine guru Gary Vaynerchuk.

Personal life

In 2004, Faris married actor Ben Indra, whom she met while working on Lovers Lane and whom she had dated since 1999. She filed for divorce on April 3, 2007, citing irreconcilable differences. Anna Faris won the "Stonette of the Year" award at High Times magazine's Stony Awards in Los Angeles on October 13, 2007.


Year Title Role Notes
1991 Deception: A Mother's Secret Liz
1996 Eden Dithy
1999 Lovers Lane Janelle
2000 Scary Movie Cindy Campbell Main role
2001 Scary Movie 2 Cindy Campbell Main role
2002 May Polly
The Hot Chick April Supporting role
2003 Winter Break Justine
Lost in Translation Kelly
Scary Movie 3 Cindy Campbell main role
2004 Friends Erica 4 episodes
2005 Southern Belles Belle
Waiting... Serena
Brokeback Mountain LaShawn Malone
Just Friends Samantha James supporting role
2006 Scary Movie 4 Cindy Campbell main role
My Super Ex-Girlfriend Hannah supporting role
2007 Smiley Face Jane F main role
Mama's Boy Nora Flannagan main role
Entourage Herself Guest appearance for 3 episodes
2008 The House Bunny Shelley Darlingson main role
Kids in America Wendy Franklin completed
Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel TBA completed
2009 Observe and Report Brandi post-production


As Samantha James

Year Song Title Album
2005 "Forgiveness" Just Friends soundtrack
"Love From Afar" Just Friends soundtrack
"Just A Guy" Just Friends DVD


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