Anna Faris has some pretty solid romantic advice: "Be in the moment, love your partner and whatever you do, don't ask 'The Question,'" she says, with her trademark raspy laugh.
"The Question" at hand is, of course, "What's your number?"
The adorable Anna, 34, who you may recognize from The House Bunny and Scary Movie, invades theaters this Friday in her first rom-com, which goes by that very title. She plays a young woman named Ally Darling who figures her number of sexual partners (twenty) is way too high. In a vow to not hook up again until she finds true love, Ally sets out to re-visit her exes to see what went wrong, and if one of them is, in fact, "the one."
In real life, Parks and Recreation star, Chris Pratt, is the one for Anna. The couple has been married since July 2009-after meeting on the set of Take Me Home Tonight-and are the proud parents of two precious pugs. But even they aren't immune to the dilemma of numbers.
"Once, I asked my husband what his number was and he looked at me dumbfounded and said, 'Are we really going there? I gotta go watch a game on TV!'" Anna recalls.
We caught up with the actress to cover even more juicy goodness besides numbers, including hooking up, dating, exes, marriage and more:
Let's start with "The Question." Should women ever ask their guys about their number or should we just delete that inquiry forever from our list?
Personally, I think it's a really inappropriate question to ever ask your partner. But it's a question that's inevitable in most relationships. My husband didn't tell me. When I asked him, he looked at me like, "Baby, really? In this day and age, you're really going down that road?"
Why does that number mean such different things depending on if you're male or female?
It's a funny thing. As a society, we associate so much with that number. It's really tough for women. Let's say you've only been with your guy. That says something about you. If the girl has slept with 50 people, it says something else. That number puts you in a box, when we shouldn't allow it to define us. Then again, I don't know if the Jersey Shore people are examining their numbers.
OK, sorry, in advance… what's your number?
(Laughing) Even before this movie came out, I knew my answer. I'm happy to look you in the eye and say five… hundred thousand. See? It's better to make a joke out of the whole thing, ladies.
Are you excited to do your first romantic comedy?
I'm terrified and excited. But I'm really proud to enter this genre because it's one of my favorites and I want to do these kinds of movies. I love these kinds of movies.
What do you hate about other romantic comedies?
It just doesn't feel like we see a lot of girls I know on the big screen. I'm not someone who has it all together-and frankly, I'm tired of seeing these Little Miss Perfects on the big screen. I was excited to play a character who is just a little lost. She doesn't have it together. She's unemployed and sleeps with a lot of guys.
Let's talk about exes for a moment. In the film, you track down one ex that you dub "Disgusting Donald" played by your husband, Chris Pratt. What was that encounter like in the film? Did you enjoy working with Chris?
"Disgusting Donald" used to be quite heavy. When she finds him, he looks amazing and is with a gorgeous girl. My husband was really fun casting until I had to watch my husband start to kiss his gorgeous new fiancée in the film. I'm required to look annoyed, and I didn't have to act too much.
One of the most hilarious exes is played by Andy "SNL" Samberg.
Andy is the creepy guy in the movie. He plays a puppeteer who was actually in love with my sister, although I lost my virginity to him.
In real life, do you think it's a good idea to look up your exes?
I think the message of this movie is that looking back isn't a great idea. Personally, I'm not sure if anything good will ever come from revisiting those ancient relationships. Maybe there is some sweet story of a widower in his 80s who reconnects with his past love on Facebook at age 90, but does a 90-year-old really know how to use Facebook? My best advice is to leave it alone. And if anyone is looking for me from the past they need to know that I don't have a Facebook account.
You're filming The Dictator with Sacha Baron Cohen. What's it like to work with him? And did you really cut your hair short and dye it brown?
We're still shooting and all I can say is Sacha is a mad genius. He's amazing at improv. When you work with him, you never know where a scene is going. It's fun and exciting, but you must stay on your toes. As for my hair, I didn't cut it. It's just a great wig.
You're married now. Can you imagine being "out there" in the dating world?
I really wouldn't know how to date. I wouldn't know how to go out on one of those uncomfortable first dinners. I wouldn't know how much you should call. Do you text? Do you text and then call? Dating would be completely baffling to me. I know I'm speaking like I'm 84-years old. But I'm the kind of girl who still actually picks up a phone and calls my friends. I don't send messages. I could never send a guy messages. I don't even Twitter or Tweet or whatever it is.
And then there is all the primping!
I haven't mastered how to do a good blow dry. I can't master the brush and the dryer at the same time!
Tell us: Will you be going to see Anna in What's Your Number?
By Cindy Pearlman for YourTango
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