"It certainly hasn't been easy trying to find roles different from ‘Scary Movie.' My character [in ‘Smiley Face'] is so crazy and unique. And she is completely asexual. She just likes her bed and she likes to smoke," says Faris, noting the majority of female roles in Hollywood involve a love interest.
"It was really exciting and very liberating to play someone who doesn't care what she looks like or what she wears. I wear a pajama top and baggy jeans the whole movie."
Of course, today, she's in tall black Ugg boots, tight black jeans, a black jacket and a purple scarf, low-key by Hollywood standards but fashionable for the mountains. "I love that everyone is so casual here and that there's just coats and hats and gloves flung everywhere. It's a great energy, although it is hard to recognize people under all the clothes. I've introduced myself several times to people I know really well," she admits.
Though she has a naturally sunny demeanor, Faris is serious about her career. Up next is the summer big-budget studio comedy "Mama's Boy," costarring Diane Keaton and Jon Heder. "I play an angry coffee house singer who tries to pull Jon out of his mama's boy-ishness," she says. Next month, she begins shooting a romantic comedy with Topher Grace, and with her writing partners (Amanda Brown and Karen McCullah Lutz of "Legally Blonde" fame) she has just sold a script to Paramount that hopefully she will star in and begin shooting this summer.
Says Faris: "It feels really good to take a little initiative instead of just waiting around for a great role."