Come home, Anna Faris | Kind of Day

By Brian Soergel | Aug 10, 2017
Photo by: EWHS Anna Faris’ picture in Edmonds-Woodway’s 1994 yearbook.

The Snohomish County power couple is no more. You’ve heard by now that Anna Faris and Chris Pratt have separated.

Pratt, 38, is a Lake Stevens guy who is now one of the brightest new stars in Hollywood, a leading man who dazzled in “Parks and Recreation” before lighting up the big screen in “Jurassic World” and “Passengers.”

Faris is from right here in Edmonds, as you no doubt know. She’s 40 (!) now, and has made us laugh in the “Scary Movie” franchise, as well as in “The House Bunny.” She now stars in the TV sitcom “Mom,” which begins its fifth season in November.

Faris also hosts a popular podcast called “Anna Faris Is Unqualified.” She is writing a book based on the podcast that is due in November and features a foreword from Pratt.

Before all this drama, before Hollywood, before settling in L.A., Faris made quite an impression on one particular teacher at Edmonds-Woodway High School. That would be drama instructor Bruce Mindt. His first year at the school coincided with Faris’ senior year, 1994.

I spoke to Mindt in 2011 about Faris.

“Ironically,” he said, “the stuff I had her do was mostly dramatic pieces. She was exceptional, and I hadn’t seen her do comedy until I’d seen some of her films.”

Mindt said that when he auditioned Faris for her first role, he knew he had something special. Faris had already performed with Seattle Repertory and local community theaters. She even had a role – her official screen debut – in a 1991 TV movie titled "Deception: A Mother’s Secret."

“She had quite a bit of skill by the time I saw her,” Mindt said.

Mindt said Faris' audition led to the starring role as Madge in the school’s adaptation of William Inge’s "Picnic," a family drama.

“As a young actor, she was very specific. She understood very quickly what the character was trying to achieve. She was quite expressive, but also quite mature – she would take her time when necessary, and understood how to go after what the character was trying to achieve.”

Faris and Pratt, who married in 2009, have a 4-year-old son, Jack.

“We tried hard for a long time, and we’re really disappointed,” they said in a joint statement.

“Our son has two parents who love him very much and for his sake we want to keep this situation as private as possible moving forward. We still have love for each other, will always cherish our time together and continue to have the deepest respect for one another.”

Anna’s parents, Jack and Karen Faris, continue to live in Edmonds. Maybe Anna can come home for a while.

We’ll welcome her back to Edmonds.

 

 

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