A very blonde Anna Faris, wearing a cream ensemble with a barely there smile covers the May Issue of Manhattan Magazine.
Here’s some of what she shared with the magazine.
How Anna thinks of comedy: “In college one of my jobs was as a receptionist, and during my lunch breaks I’d wander around the city,” says Faris, who graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in English. “So, on this particularly beautiful day, I was out walking in a dress, wearing my backpack, feeling great. But then I realized I was attracting a lot of looks, really getting checked out, which really made me angry, although I bet I loved it, even if I wouldn’t admit it. So, I’m scowling and stomping around when an older lady in a van pulls over and yells, ‘Hey girlie, your ass is showing!’ My dress had gotten hiked up under my backpack, giving full view of my Costco granny panties. My ass is showing, and I’m condemning a city full of lecherous men! That’s what I think [of] when I think about comedy and what it is.”
On how she got cast in Scary Movie: “I’ve asked Keenen why he cast me, and he said, ‘Because you didn’t know what you were doing.’ Does that mean I was malleable? Willing to fall down a hundred times and get hit in the head more? I don’t know.” A long pause. “The real answer is, it’s because I took myself so seriously.”
Her ultimate character dream: “That’s what I would love to play!” says Faris. “A woman who is unambitious, has no maternal instinct, is liberated from vanity, relishes porn and is pretty much the female version of the comic male mess.”
On comedic actresses: Faris envisions a day in the not-too-distant future when funny girls can behave like funny guys on-screen, and also collaborate extensively on funny fare—much like the coterie of male talent marshaled by writer, producer and director Judd Apatow. “I really think there’s a change happening, where instead of viewing every female as competition, which is exhausting and futile, comedic actresses are now comradely. It feels really nice,” says Faris. “And there’s nothing funny about that.”