The Actress Finds Balance Between Motherhood and Her New Hit TV Show
Anna Faris' comedy skills as an actress provided her with multiple chances to show off her funny side over the years in Hollywood. The actress admits she felt more interested in playing the role of a mother until her latest project landed at her feet.
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The Scary Movie star landed the series after giving birth to her son Jack with husband Chris Pratt in 2012.
And Anna admits she wasn’t feeling inspired by any projects coming her way until she stumbled across her character in new the hit TV series "Mom", a newly-sober single mother trying to get her life together in Napa Valley, California.
“I’m so interested in playing such complicated characters and sometimes you come across a role and it feels like a Cinderella shoe,” she explained to Deadline.com.
“It’s so well written, that it makes your job easier and you have a gut sort-of reaction, you know instantly how you’re going to say each line and that’s how I felt with [my character] Christy. I felt like she was familiar, complicated and messy and starting over in her life.”
After reflection, Anna does believe that there wouldn't have been a better role to take once getting back into the comedy business.
Now, the star says she’s finding fulfillment in her work like never before.
“It was the perfect job at the perfect time. After I had my baby, I reprioritised my life in general. I really wanted to play characters that gave me a different kind of fulfillment,” she explained.
The actress says Chris is largely to thank, as he was the one who made her pay attention to the script. But heading back to work did come with a little bit of anxiety.
“It was just a manila envelope and my husband (Chris Pratt) pulled it out and it was the pilot script for Mom. And so, he started to read it and he said, ‘You know, honey, I don’t know what you’re doing, but whatever you are, put it down because this is great,’ she recalled.
When asked about her jump from the big screen to TV Anna said in an interview that she felt it was the perfect job to jump into.
"I loved the idea of being able to stay in LA and be with my baby and to do a multicam show. I grew up in Seattle and I did some theater there and I loved that experience; and was terrified about the idea of returning to a live audience, but it’s thrilling and terrifying. There’s no place to hide as an actor. You can’t pull any of your usual tricks," said Faris.