Anna Faris' Transformation Is Something To See

Anna Faris has been a household name ever since she rose to fame in the Scary Movie franchise in the early 2000s. The actress, who portrayed the beloved role of quirky Cindy Campbell, won fans over with her warm personality, welcoming demeanor and, of course, her endless funny jokes. There is a lot more to know about Faris, though. The blonde beauty was born on Nov. 29, 1976, in Baltimore, Md., but she moved to Washington State with her family at a young age, which is where she was raised. Faris lived there until she moved to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career.

Faris made her film debut in the 1991's Deception: A Mother's Secret, and she continued to appear in lower budget films for a number of years. Her credits include roles in 1996's Eden and 1999's Lovers Lane before she landed a gig in the original Scary Movie in 2000 (via IMDb).

Since then, Faris has experienced all the ups and downs of life, including love, heartbreak, and motherhood. No matter what she is dealing with, however, Faris is always one to have the biggest smile on her face. Can you believe Faris has been gracing our TV screens for the last two decades? Keep scrolling to see one of the most effortless transformations in Hollywood history.

Anna Faris' childhood was one to remember

Anna Faris grew up to be the amazing woman she is thanks to her parents, father Jack Faris, a college administrator, and mother Karen Faris, a special education teacher. While chatting with Women's Health in April 2018, Anna revealed that she had a "very healthy upbringing" alongside her brother, Robert Faris. The House Bunny star's sibling followed in their mom and dad's academic footsteps, as Robert eventually became a sociology professor at UC Davis, but Anna yearned for the spotlight. 

By the young age of 6, Anna's mother signed her up for drama classes. It was then that she started performing for the Seattle repertory company (via People). Even though Anna was having a ball dancing and acting on stage in front of an audience, however, she did not think of herself as the most graceful person. "I was a quiet, weird kid who wore headgear, and I think most people can relate to that awkwardness," she once told Men's Journal

Anna dished that she also had a special imagination when it came to her retainer. "I used to imagine that it would talk to me," she explained to People. "It wasn't even that I'd talk to it or it would talk to me. It was more that I'd go on talk shows to talk about my talking retainer!" Talk about creativity!

Anna Faris almost gave up on acting

After she started performing in acting classes as a young girl, Anna Faris took her talents to high school, where she "found solace in drama club." Even though the Overboard star knew acting would be a "a difficult profession," she had the support of her family. "My parents were so supportive and believed in me 100 percent," she gushed to the Seattle Times in 2006.

However, Faris' dreams of becoming a superstar were nearly derailed when she went to college. After she began attending the University of Washington in 1994, there was a brief time when Faris was no longer confident in her acting skills. "When I was going to school, I decided to give up acting because I didn't think I could ever make it," Faris candidly shared with Men's Journal in 2018. "I worked at an ad agency as a receptionist and thought, 'Maybe I'll work in advertising, and one day I could maybe publish a short story.'"

Fortunately, Faris did not back down that easily. After earning a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Washington, the bombshell focused on her career before landing her big break in the early 2000s.

Anna Faris cemented her status as a Hollywood star

After years of hard work, Anna Faris gained widespread fame when she was cast in 2000's Scary Movie alongside co-stars Marlon Wayans, Shawn Wayans, Regina Hall, Carmen Electra, Shannon Elizabeth, and more. The iconic blockbuster was developed into a series of five parody films, which have collectively grossed over $896 million worldwide at the box office (via Box Office Mojo).

"There aren't many comedic roles out there for women," Faris explained of her role in Scary Movie while chatting with the Seattle Times. "I never realized how much fun I'm having."

Following her portrayal of Cindy Campbell, Faris starred in 2002's The Hot Chick, 2005's Brokeback Mountain, 2007's Mama's Boy, 2008's The House Bunny, and many more. In 2006, she was nominated for her first SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture alongside her Brokeback Mountain co-stars, but they came up short to the cast of Crash.

Faris' resume includes additional gigs in Take Me Home TonightGuilty HeartsThe Dictator, and Keanu. She most recently appeared in 2018's Overboard, a remake of the 1987 rom-com starring Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell. She also starred in the hit TV series Mom for seven seasons from 2013 to 2020. Wow! 

Anna Faris has endured her fair share of love and heartbreak

During the time she was securing her status as a Hollywood star, Anna Faris was also juggling her romantic life. In 2004, she married her first husband, Ben Indra. The Overboard actress and the actor first met on the set of the independent film Lovers Lane in 1999. "She was really cool, and I just didn't want to miss the chance to get to know her as much as possible," Indra told People in 2001. "I was just completely hypnotized." The spark did not last too long, however, as Faris and Indra called it quits after only four years of marriage in 2008.

Faris revealed she ended her marriage with Indra after she met actor Chris Pratt on the set of Take Me Home Tonight in 2007. In her 2017 book Unqualified, the actress wrote about how she would feel extremely "jealous" of the "background actresses" Pratt was involved with while filming. Her feelings for the Jurassic World star continued to intensify and, eventually, Faris called Indra on the phone to tell him their relationship was over.

"I went to set and was like, 'Hey everybody! I just left my husband,'" Faris penned in her book (via BuzzFeed). "Pretty soon, I was knocking on Chris's door and was basically like, 'Hi, I'm ready to get boned.'" Faris and Pratt started dating, and nearly one year after she finalized her divorce from Indra, the lovebirds walked down the aisle together in 2009. 

Anna Faris loves being a mother to her son Jack

Following her nuptials to Hollywood hunk Chris Pratt, Anna Faris experienced motherhood for the first time when they welcomed their son, Jack Pratt, in August 2012. At the time, her rep shared the exciting news (via People). From the moment she welcomed her little bundle of joy, Faris said being a mom is the "most important job" in the world. In fact, Faris said her "identity" changed as soon as Jack was born when discussing parenthood with HuffPost in 2016.

"I don't think anyone can really prepare you for [motherhood] ... the pressure and the guilt and all the things that are wrapped up in that ... even though they try," she shared. "I definitely grappled with the idea of 'Who am I now?' The way I describe it is like a tidal wave. There was before the tidal wave, and there's after the tidal wave."

Although Faris was reveling in her role as a mom, her marriage to Pratt did not turn out as successful. After being together for eight years, the beloved pair shocked the world when they announced their split in 2017. Despite their divorce, Faris insisted she and Pratt are solely focused on coparenting their child. "It feels like it's more dramatic than it is," she told Marie Claire in 2018. "Chris and I have a great friendship and Jack is so happy and so loved."

Anna Faris is living her best life in her 40s

Anna Faris' life has been filled with highs and lows, but all of her experiences shaped her into the incredible mother, actress, and woman she is today. Nowadays, you can find her spending time with her beloved son, Jack, or working on her latest Hollywood project. Faris also hosts her own podcast "Unqualified," which she launched in 2015.

There is no shortage of love in the actress's life, either. In February 2020, the Mom alum announced her engagement to cinematographer Michael Barrett. Faris revealed the happy news when she boasted a canary yellow diamond ring on *that* finger during an appearance on The Late Late Show. "This was not here the last time you were on the show ... look at this ring!" host James Corden proclaimed as Faris flashed the sparkly rock.

"Can you officiate a wedding?" she asked Corden. "I would love you to audition, if you came and read... I want somebody that's humorous, that also brings heartfelt sentiment, that doesn't talk too much about themselves."

We cannot wait to see what life has in store for this talented star!