The multitalented actress offers wisdom in warm, chatty relationship podcast and book.
When actor, producer and podcast creator Anna Faris, age 40, starts talking, anyone within earshot is bound to feel like they’ve run into a long-lost high school bestie. With no veils of celebrity pretense or ego, Anna (whose name is pronounced AH-na, like Donna) has a knack for connecting with friends and strangers alike by exchanging life stories and bonding over common experiences.
Anna—star of CBS’ popular show Mom, voice actor for The Emoji Movie and currently filming an Overboard remake due out next year—is also married to Guardians of the Galaxy’s Chris Pratt and mom to the couple’s 5-year-old son, Jack. It’s hard to imagine there would be time for another project.
Just ask Anna
Everyone has heartache
The podcast has grabbed attention from several of Anna’s colleagues like Sarah Silverman and Lance Bass, as well as legions of listeners seeking down-to-earth advice. “It’s a chance for listeners to get to relate to people they see in movies, hear on the radio, etc., in a real way. To see everyone has heartache. It’s not exclusive to any one group or demographic.”
When talking to listeners, Anna isn’t afraid to divulge personal details or dive right into the chaos, like when she made actor Nick Kroll play acting games with her in a New Orleans hotel lobby before chatting with him about the importance of dating passionate people. The podcast advisers—Anna, Sim and a guest celebrity—also share stories of their own relationship successes and failures, tales of puberty or even parenting frustrations or flops. “No topic is off limits for us, or callers,” Anna says.