6. Top of the mountain
Throwing off her now well-established image of the comedy blond, Anna was charming and restrained as the fast-talking Lashawn Malone in cowboy romance Brokeback Mountain (2005).
It could have been a turning point for Faris, but she got back on the laughter bus later that year as a deluded Britney Spears-style popstress in the loathsome Ryan Reynolds vehicle Just Friends.
ANNA FACT: She has English, Irish, Scottish, French and German roots. She’s very rooted.
7. Kicking dead pigs and producing
Then came a bit of a lull for Anna. She was drawn back for another round of vomit and mugging in Scary Movie 4 (2006), decent as a bit part player in My Super Ex Girlfriend (2006), and appeared generally dull slacker mess Mama’s Boy (2007).
The House Bunny in 2008 was a major turning point. The film itself was no wonder (and the Playboy idolatry stuff is kinda creepy), but Anna herself exec produced, taking control of her own projects for the first time.
ANNA FACT: She recently appeared in HBO Hollywood comedy Entourage. “That was really tricky, because it wasn't a crazy enough character to clearly not be me. But it wasn't me...”