Anna Faris graces our cover this week, and she chats with Backstage about her role in the new Chuck Lorre-penned sitcom "Mom," co-starring Allison Janney and premiering September 23 on CBS. Check out a sneak peek from the feature below!
Anna Faris on Being a "Serious" Actor
Anna Faris may be the queen of comedy, but she thought she would be a “serious” actor when she was growing up. Performing theater in her hometown of Seattle, she appeared in such dramas as “Our Town” and “To Kill a Mockingbird.” “Nobody identified me as funny in any way,” she says. “So it’s surprising I’m in comedy…and I can’t get out!”
Not that she wants to escape; Faris loves comedy, though she says that early in her career she wished she could stretch into drama more. “In my 20s, I felt like I had something to prove to the town,” she says. “But it’s all about the character. I just want to play interesting characters, and if it happens to be in something dramatic, that would be amazing.”
She has appeared in dramas, including Oscar winners “Brokeback Mountain” and “Lost in Translation,” although her role in the latter was mostly comedic. “I auditioned for that and didn’t find out I got it until about six months later,” she says. “I was the first person they saw. Then they auditioned a lot of my friends. And I think they made an offer to somebody more famous. At the last minute they told me I got it.”
Her audition for the film was also memorable, as a special guest dropped in while she was with writer-director Sofia Coppola. “She asked me to sing the song ‘Nobody Does It Better,’ pretending like I was drunk and doing karaoke,” recalls Faris. “So I’m singing and generally making an ass out of myself, and the door to the office starts to open. And in walks Warren Beatty.” Beatty and Coppola began talking, and Faris wasn’t sure what to do. “So Sofia introduces us and goes, ‘Anna was in “Scary Movie.” ’ And Warren looks at me and goes, ‘That was pretty fucking funny.’ ”