Forecast is fair for Faris ; CELEBRITY INTERVIEWSAs Anna Faris returns in the sequel to cult animation Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs, KEELEY BOLGER finds out what makes her tick
WORKING on family-friendly films can do funny things to your mind. It can, as American actress Anna Faris found out, make you think in food puns, as she's been doing of late.
The 36-year-old is reprising her role as the voice of perky weather intern Sam Sparks in the sequel to Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs.
In the first movie, inventor Flint Lockwood thinks he's saved the world by destroying his most infamous invention, a machine that turns water into food, causing cheeseburger rain and spaghetti tornadoes.
But in the sequel, Flint finds out that his invention has survived, and is now creating food animals or 'foodimals' and he and Sam, who reports on the weird weather, must battle to stop hungry tacodiles, shrimpanzees and cheesespiders from taking over the world.
It clearly gave Faris food for thought. It's been fun to work on this film, says the actress. Every time I went in to record they'd tell me about the new foodimal they'd created: a shrimpanzee, a tacodile...
I pitched corn-i-corn to the producers. It's a unicorn made out of corn but it didn't make the cut.
The producers may have passed on the pun but there was one thing they were keen for Faris to bring to the role: her old voice, something which the actress was surprised to learn had changed.
When I came back to start the first day of recording they told me I didn't sound like Sam! she laughs.
I was like, 'How is that possible?' But it's true. She's childlike and very enthusiastic, so I do have a very different approach with her and I have to be reminded of that.
Faris has scooped a huge number of parts since her breakthrough leading role as all-American teen Cindy in spoof spook film franchise Scary Movie.
But since having her son Jack last year, Faris, who is married to US TV actor Chris Pratt, has noticed her career choices have changed.
I always thought it was a cliche when actors would talk about taking roles in family films, but now I'm one of those people, laughs the actress, who gives off a youthful vibe with her pale blonde ponytail and broad smile.
But, yes, it means something different to be making a family movie when you have a family.
One role that certainly isn't family-friendly and bucks this trend is her character in TV series Mom, in which she co-stars with American Beauty actress Allison Janney. The comedy, which has been bought by ITV2, centres around single mum Christy (Faris), who tries to make a new life for herself after curbing her own drug and alcohol addictions. But with an ex-addict mother (Janney) and an errant daughter to look after, it becomes hard for Christy to live life on the straight and narrow.
I love, love, love making Mom and I love my character, Christy, she says. She's really messy and flawed. We deal with some heavier issues with humour, so I hope people tune in. You can't be misled by the slightly innocuous-sounding title, we're the worst mums! Faris's home life is happily more ordinary than Christy's, and when she's not working, the bubbly actress likes whipping up feasts for all the family to enjoy.
I'm a good cook, says Faris, who was raised in Seattle and made her theatrical debut aged nine in a production of Arthur Miller's play Danger: Memory!
My mum is a fabulous cook and I have a husband who really enjoys eating.
Sam Sparks may be too busy saving the world to stop and gorge on food falling from the sky but if this gastronome had it her way, she'd like to see one particular savoury snack drop onto her brolly. You can't go wrong with a nacho, says Anna, who jokes that her slim- fitting tunic is getting too tight. You can really customise each chip.
Nachos may not have fallen from the sky yet but Faris is still counting her blessings.
It's great that the first Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs film was so beloved. I know it sounds corny but it's an honour to come back.
. ? Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2 is in cinemas now
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