Anna Faris is a work in progress.
The actor, 45, recently opened up about an interview with Chelsea Handler on Handler’s podcast, Dear Chelseaabout her life after the divorce and how she is “still learning” how to accept love in her life.
“Being a wife…I’m still learning. I really am,” she explained of the co-parenting of my two children to her new husband Michael Barrett, which he got from a previous relationship. “I felt at first that I wanted to be that kind of a wild, new, reckless person in their life, because I was also going through a divorce.”
Fares married cinematographer Barrett in 2021 after meeting him in the movie Exaggerate.
Previously, she was married to Chris Pratt, prior to their divorce in October 2018. She and Pratt share a son, Jack, 9. Prior to Pratt, she was married to actor Ben Indra until their divorce in 2008.
When reflecting on how her split with Indra changed her view of life, Faris admitted, “There’s this kind of transformation that’s going on” after the divorce.
“I was so moved the first time,” she explained. “I turned into someone I didn’t recognize. Like, I was always the one to fill my fridge—and I hosted a lot of dinners. That was when I had friends. But then [post-divorce] I found myself in this apartment with beer and mustard in the fridge, and I was out all the time. I didn’t have anyone to text or call to say, “Hey, can I do this?” It was incredibly liberating, and I got back to it, like, when I was 17. “
Speaking of the intimacy she now has with herself, Faris admits she is a “slow growth” when it comes to accepting love from others – which she can trace back to her childhood.
“I was terrified that I wasn’t a good lover, especially when I was younger,” she said. “I was very conscious of my body. I didn’t want anyone to see her, but I was dancing on her limbs. I wanted to be very desirable.”
“My mom never completed my physical appearance,” she explained. “I was such a late bloomer—I had chubby cheeks, I’d been wearing a headscarf for years******. I think my parents did that to me because they wanted me to remain a virgin,” he added, “that was definitely one of the hardships in my life.”
Faris’ eagerness to please people, combined with a longing to be desired by men, inspired her to make changes to her body to meet those needs.
“I just got fake boobs and bleached my hair. That was my strategy,” adding that while it’s easy for her to accept compliments on her work and accomplishments, she still struggles to accept praise for her looks. “In Hollywood, if I’m somewhere and everyone looks beautiful and someone is like ‘I think you look so beautiful,’ I can’t get that very well. It’s too much.”
After her second divorce, Faris says, “It was easier” to accept love, though he adds, “I still kind of struggle with it.”
While Faris is still learning the ups and downs of being a stepmother, she’s also been open about the realities of being married to Pratt. Earlier this year, on her podcast not qualifiedI spoke frankly about the difficulties.
“Chris and I are working really hard [to coparent] “Because we have Jack,” she said. “That’s kind of the long game idea and making sure Jack is really happy, which makes us really happy. We have a kind of luxury of circumstances. You know, we’re both in other love affairs, but it’s like, how do you not generally sink into the place of bitterness?”
Although she admits that raising a child with her ex has its challenges, at the end of the day she wishes the best for everyone.
She explained, “I want to reiterate, however, that I acknowledge King, we all do, and everyone acknowledges, that there is bitterness and pain with all our breakups, and hopefully that makes us more human.” “But the long game, the worse being the bigger one. It’s just. It’s a disgusting f**king game! Until then, what? [matters most] It is that everyone is happy.”
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