Anna Faris is continually singled out as one of Hollywood's go-to young actresses for broad comedies. While many might find that an enviable role, the 34-year-old says it's actually "terrifying."
"There's a lot of pressure to that, because I never really thought of myself as a funny person," Faris told us Monday evening on the red carpet at the premiere of her film "What's Your Number?"
"I always did drama growing up. I was always a serious kid and sort of fell into comedy. It wasn't intentional. So it's never really felt like completely at home."
In her new movie, out Sept. 30, Faris stars as a young woman perpetually unlucky in love and beginning to fret that she's sleeping around too much for a woman her age. Accordingly, she enlists the help of her neighbor, played by Chris Evans, to help her track down her ex-boyfriends in the hope that years later they may have become husband material.
Faris, known to many for her role as a ditzy sorority house leader in "The House Bunny," served as an executive producer on the new film.
"It's tricky, because there just aren't that many scripts out there for women in comedy. If there are, they're sort of the bounce card character — they're the character that's the straight women to the funny guy," she explained. "So I think that it sort of forced me to be a little proactive and try to find those scripts and develop them."
Evans said he signed on to the project largely because of Faris' hand in its development.
"She's not afraid to make a fool of herself — on camera and in life," he said at the Westwood event. "She's so modest. She has no ego. The first joke she'll make will be about herself. And it's pretty endearing in life, and it comes across on screen."
— Amy Kaufman
Photo: Anna Faris and Chris Evans at the premiere of "What's Your Number?" in Westwood on Sept. 19. Credit: Mike Nelson / European Pressphoto Agency.