Anna Faris: Fool's Gold
By Jason Lamphier
Faris came onto the radar in 2000 as Cindy, the ditzy lead in the Scary Movie franchise, then spent the next decade stealing scenes in Lost in Translation, Brokeback Mountain, Observe and Report, and her 2008 breakout, The House Bunny, where she starred as a Playboy centerfold who gets booted from Hef's mansion and takes up a gig as a sorority mom. Her best performance, however, was in Gregg Araki's 2007 indie comedy, Smiley Face, in which she played a pothead slacker who hoovers a plate of hash cupcakes and, after a series of blunders, winds up stealing an original manuscript of The Communist Manifesto. 'I had never read a script like that before,' she says. 'I don't think any woman has. It was this role that dudes would play. And it was a great relief not having a love interest -- only weed.'
Her latest role does supply Faris with a love interest -- many, actually. In the rom-com What's Your Number? she plays Ally Darling, a single, thirtysomething party girl who's just been fired. When Ally reads a Marie Claire article claiming that women who've slept with more than 20 partners are less likely to get hitched (she's at 19), she swears off sex altogether until she finds 'the one.' After she bumps into a formerly schlubby ex who's now svelte and dating a bombshell rocket scientist, Ally enlists her neighbor (played by an insanely hot Chris Evans) to help her track down all her past hookups, hoping that one of them, too, has undergone a similarly dramatic makeover.