Long gone are the simpler days when Anna Faris was just a self-proclaimed "drama-club dork" at her Washington state high school. Since breaking out onto the acting scene in the late '90s, Anna's whole life has been out there for the world to see. We've watched her go big and also majorly flop at the box office, fall madly in and out of love and become a doting mother to her now 5-year-old son, Jack Pratt. With Anna's hit CBS sitcom, "Mom," set for its fifth season premiere on Nov. 2, 2017, let's take a look at some of her highs and lows over the years.
After graduating from the University of Washington in 1994 with a degree in English literature, Anna Faris moved to Los Angeles with dreams of being an actress. She got her feet wet with small roles here and there until the 1999 indie slasher movie "Lovers Lane" garnered her a bit more attention from critics despite being released straight to video. Behind the scenes, she fell for her on-screen love interest in the flick, actor Ben Indra.
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In 2000, Anna Faris scored her first starring role in the parody flick "Scary Movie." She played Cindy Campbell, a take on Neve Campbell's character, Sidney Prescott, from the 1996 horror classic "Scream." The spoof was a box-office success and just a year later, Anna reprised her role in the sequel "Scary Movie 2." Just like that, Anna and her comedic acting chops became pretty well-known in Hollywood. In 2002, she landed another leading role in "The Hot Chick" and went on to complete "Scary Movie 3" in 2003.
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Five years after meeting on the set of "Lovers Lane," Anna Faris and her on-screen-turned-off-screen love, Ben Indra, tied the knot in 2004. While enjoying married life, Anna also began to break out of parodies and into new genres, exploring her more serious side in dramas like "Lost in Translation" and "Brokeback Mountain." All the while, she continued to find much success back in the comedy realm including in the 2005 flick "Just Friends" alongside Ryan Reynolds and Amy Smart. She was definitely on an upward spiral!
The "Scary Movie" franchise finally came to an end for Anna Faris with 2006's "Scary Movie 4." But the culmination of her breakout character didn't seem to slow Anna down one bit. She kept herself fully relevant in the comedy world, starring in the hit flick "My Super Ex Girlfriend" that very same year. She and co-star Uma Thurman garnered a ton of attention for their over-elaborate fight scene, which was up for an MTV Movie Award. But Anna's successful career eventually took a toll on her personal life. In 2007, she filed for divorce from Ben Indra, citing irreconcilable differences. She later revealed tensions arose as her success skyrocketed and his career remained stagnant. "That kind of destroyed my marriage," she told Marie Claire in 2011. "The divide became too great."
Anna Faris didn't let her drawn-out divorce proceedings get her down too much. Soon after resolving to fork over $900,000 to her ex in their settlement, Anna sprung right back with her 2008 comedy "The House Bunny." Her ditzy yet empowering character, a former Playboy Bunny-turned-sorority house mother, became one of her classic best parts. It was evident that she wasn't going to let anybody stand in the way of her success.
Anna didn't waste any time in the romance department following her split from her first husband. She'd hit it off with her co-star, Chris Pratt — who played her on-screen love interest — while working on the film "Take Me Home Tonight" in 2007. "I called Ben and told him over the phone that I was leaving him, and then went to set and was like, 'Hey everybody! I just left my husband,'" Anna writes in her 2017 book "Unqualified." "Pretty soon I was knocking on Chris's door and was basically like, 'Hi. I'm ready to get boned.'" She had a new engagement ring on her finger by the end of 2008, just a few months after settling her divorce. And by mid-2009, Anna and Chris were hitched: The lovebirds eloped in an intimate ceremony in Bali.
With years of comedy blockbuster experience under her belt, Anna Faris decided to switch it up and try her hand at voiceover work. In 2010 alone, she lent her voice to characters in three super-successful animated films: "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs," "Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel" and "Yogi Bear." Success, indeed!
Anna Faris and Chris Pratt quickly became #RelationshipGoals, showing off their love for one another with frequent bouts of PDA. They seemed totally smitten with each other while on the promotional trail for their 2011 movie "Take Me Home Tonight" — the same flick that they met working on back in 2007. Anna was happier than ever in both her personal and professional lives. The same year, she even branched out and did some producing on "What's Your Number?" — a comedy she made with Chris Evans.
Anna Faris was definitely at the top of her career game in late 2011 when she voiced a character in "Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked" and in early 2012 when she worked with comedian Sacha Baron Cohen in "The Dictator." But at home, the star — then pregnant with her first child — was about to face a scary time: Son Jack was born prematurely at just 31 weeks with serious health issues. Doctors in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit warned Anna that her son could suffer developmental issues from severe brain bleeding. After months in the hospital and major support from husband Chris Pratt, Jack pulled through. "Chris was amazing," Anna writes of her then-spouse in her 2017 book "Unqualified." "He decorated my room with posters and photos and he came to the hospital every night after work with desserts for me and, sometimes, a six-pack of beer for himself, and he'd just sit with me and hold my hand or crawl into bed."
Fortunately, baby Jack overcame the complications from his premature birth and Anna Faris was able to enjoy her growing infant back in the comfort of their own home. After his health issues improved, she was also able to get back to work. In 2013, Anna landed a leading role on the CBS sitcom "Mom" opposite Allison Janney. Just like most of her other career changes, Anna's move to the small screen was a success. She's since won two People's Choice Awards for her work on the sitcom. Anna also continued to make blockbuster hits from inside of the sound booth, voicing a character in the "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2" sequel and another in the fourth installment of the "Alvin and the Chipmunks" franchise in 2015.
For quite a while, it seemed as though all was well between Anna Faris and Chris Pratt. The doting wife supported her man during a string of box-office successes. "Anna and I are meant to be together," Chris shared in 2015. "Our relationship has made me believe in divine intervention and destiny, just as much as my crazy career and the way I fell into this life." In April 2017, she even stood by Chris as he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame with their adorable son in tow. So it felt like the news of their decision to split after eight years of marriage totally came out of left field. "Anna and I are sad to announce we are legally separating," Chris wrote in a statement on Aug. 8. "We tried hard for a long time, and we're really disappointed. Our son has two parents who love him very much and for his sake we want to keep this situation as private as possible moving forward." According to TMZ, Anna wanted more children, while Chris wanted to focus on his career.
Anna Faris and Chris Pratt earned the title of #CoupleGoals from fans on social media following their super-amicable split. Chris even wrote the foreword for her October 2017 memoir, "Unqualified," which was inspired by her dating advice podcast. "Chris and I are really great friends," Anna told People magazine following their separation. "I think that we always will be." Such good friends that Chris wouldn't mind Anna moving on with another man? We can't be totally sure about that, but just days before her book release, E! News reported about a new possible love connection for the star after Anna was spotted on multiple dates with cinematographer Michael Barrett, whom she reportedly met while working on the remake of "Overboard," due in 2018.