Queen of comedy Anna Faris has always been a riotous onscreen presence (Scary Movie, The House Bunny, and currently star of her TV sitcom, Mom), but a lesser-known fact about the 39-year-old actress is that she’s also a serious snacker. Specifically, she’s a huge potato-chip enthusiast—so much so that Faris was recently approached by Lay’s to be the ambassador for its Flavor Swap contest. The pairing may seem odd at first, but Faris’ interest in the food world is well-documented. When she’s not live-tweeting her family’s Thanksgiving throw-down, she’s guest-judging on Top Chef with her husband, Chris Pratt, or exploring her adventurous palate, like eating bugs—something she and Pratt keep a collection of at home and bonded over on their first date.
We caught up with Faris, who let us in on her family’s dining habits, which usually involves some kind of weird meat Pratt brings home after one of his hunting trips. “I think if we explained to Jack what exactly he was eating, he probably would be annoyed,” Faris says of the unconventional diet they feed their three-and-a-half-year-old son. Though a bad bout of food poisoning in Bali almost derailed their wedding, the couple continues to live—and eat—daringly with less abdominal consequences, though Faris still gets a good scare once in a while when she stumbles upon some terrifying items in the freezer.
We caught up with Faris to talk about her snacking game, doing funny voices at birthday parties, and her husband’s, um, mystery meats.
Is it fair to call you a flavor ambassador?
[Laughs] Yes, it does sound super official, doesn’t it? I think it’s like the only ambassador I will ever be?
So they knew you were a huge fan of potato chips and then approached you to do this?
Yeah, I think I talked a lot about my love of chips on social media stuff. So they reached out to me, and I was really excited to be able to team up with them for the flavor swap contest, which is pinning four different old flavors of potato chips to four different new flavors. I have very mixed feelings about it actually, especially since I love the cheddar and sour cream. I feel like I grew up on that. Although it’s going up against gouda and chive, which is also delicious.
I feel like you’re very good at snacking and I want to know what you eat on different occasions. Like, what’s your go-to snack before a red-carpet event?
I’ve made the mistake so many times of not eating before you go. And it’s tricky because there’s such a pregame sort of scramble-ry. You know, you’re getting your dress fitted, whatever. But it’s really important to eat because you don’t really have time to be shoving food in your face all night. So I like to eat pizza or a bagel, something that’s really efficient that will fill me up or sustain me for a while.
And soak up the alcohol.
[Laughs] I try to begin on that end. But yeah, I think that I’ve definitely spent a few nights just starving and trying to be friendly to people.
What do you like to eat when watching a movie?
I definitely prefer salty over sweet. I love chips, obviously, and popcorn. Popcorn’s so specific, it’s such a specific movie snack. If I’m in the mood, some ice cream I guess, you know, or something sweet in there.
Do you ever dump a bag of M&Ms in your popcorn?
No, but that’s a really good idea.
They kinda melt and it’s like the perfect combination of sweet and salty.
Oh my god, that’s a really good idea. Do you get the colors all over your fingers though? I mean you’re already gonna get butter all over your fingers anyway.
But you’re like in a dark room.
Peanut? Does it work as well with peanut?
Yeah, alright, I’m going to give it a whirl.
What do you snack on between takes on set?
That one you actually do have to be kinda careful about spillage and your fingers because the costume people will get annoyed with you if you’re unconsciously wiping your fingers on your character’s jeans or whatever. I’ll do like peanut butter with apples, or cheese sticks, or like stuff like that. Any kind of small, hors d’oeuvres-y food is perfect set food.
By the way, this is so random, but I do your House Bunny voice all the time.
I’m too embarrassed to do it right now, but—
No, you gotta do it. You gotta do it! Let’s hear it.
*House Bunny voice* Harmony. Like that? Well, can you do it for me?
Yeah, I’m not quite as good as I used to. Whenever I do it now, it doesn’t come out quite as deep, but it weirdly takes some practice. And it’s really hard to do a full sentence. Sometimes people will be like, “Can you say, ‘Happy Birthday, Aunt Jeanine?'” and I’m like, “[does voice].” It’s really harsh.
That’s how my friends and I talk all the time.
Aw, that’s awesome. I’m so glad. It such a weird thing how we didn’t even think that was gonna be kept in the movie ’cause it was just something that our director came up with. He was like, “What if you did a weird voice?” And I said, “What do you mean a weird voice?'” And he was like, “I don’t know. Just do something weird.” And I was like, “Okay.” It freaked out the other actresses so much ’cause they didn’t know I was gonna do it. But anyway, it’s really funny how that has been such a part of my life.
I know Chris [Pratt] likes to hunt and cook as well. I love seeing your tweets about the weird things he eats. What’s the scariest thing you’ve ever found in your fridge or freezer?
Well, he had some labeled meat one time that…you know how if you use a Sharpie, sometimes it smudges a little bit, especially if there’s like the moisture or whatever? It looked like it said, “Dove hearts.” And I was like, “Oh my gosh. We’ve got to be kidding me if we’re gonna be eating dove hearts. Like, this is insane.” But it turned out they were dove breasts so I don’t know. It is better, I suppose.
Still weird! I’ve never had that.
Yeah no, me neither. He wrapped it in bacon. They weren’t bad. But you know, I really admire that he has the philosophical commitment to eat whatever he ‘harvests,’ as he calls it.
Do you guys eat stuff like that at home often?
We do. I mean, I’m a little less adventurous. I still have psychological issues with certain things. So we do have a lot of lean, healthy meat, and I think if we explained to [our son] Jack what exactly he was eating, he probably would be annoyed.
Here I am vacuum packing some deer meat in the kitchen. I grew up in the woods. Not literally. I mean, we had a house. I wasn’t raised by coyotes. But I spent a lot of time in the woods. Hunting, fishing and being outdoors with my friends and family is how I spent my free time as a young’n. That part of me will never change. I mean. I’m assuming. I don’t know. Maybe it will. It hasn’t yet. Maybe one day I’ll wake up and be like, “I’m only gonna eat veggies for the rest of my life.” If I do that’s cool. It’s a free country. Anyways. I just filled the freezer with a bunch of tasty meat from an awesome deer hunt in the great state of Texas. Oh! I should tell you: I’m going to start a diet I called “The Game Plan” where basically I only eat wild game for a year. “The Game Plan,” get it? Cause GAME? I mean I’ll also eat veggies and fruit and other stuff too. But for one year I want to eat only the meats that were caught or killed by me or my friends. Total free range organic wild game! The game plan. Join me. I mean I’m gonna still eat eggs and probably chicken and probably steak I mean I gotta have steak and oysters and definitely bacon. But other than that. And the occasional burger for a cheat meal. But other than that only wild game. The game plan. I should mention I will also have sushi because I have to have sushi because it’s so good. And pepperoni. But that’s not a meat technically, right? But other than that all wild game. And pepperchinis! (That’s not how you spell that) Exclusively wild game. It will be tough. But it’s worth the sacrifice. I will be eating turkey for thanksgiving. Probably fried. That’s the best. And also ham. For Easter we make lamb. That’s great. Ill have to have lamb that day. So… “The Game Plan” Who’s with me!?
Is it true that you had food poisoning on your wedding day?
Oh yes, yes. We don’t know where we picked it up, but yeah we both got really ill. We were in Bali and we had planned on eloping sometime during the trip. We were leaving the very next day, so even though we felt really ill, we were like, “Let’s do it. We got to do this.” And so we had this amazing Balinese priest come to the hotel and marry us, and it was really amazing. And then we were just pounding Pepto Bismol. But it was great. I really am proud of us of that we rallied.
Bad wedding means good marriage, right?
Yeah, that very well could be.