The actress was in a West Hollywood editing room to give notes on her new film, “What’s Your Number? So she works to diminish self-consciousness: she doesn’t watch her performance after a take or read her reviews, stays in at night for weeks on end, and, when she does go out, seeks anonymity behind one of her forty-nine pairs of sunglasses. ” doesn’t open until September, but it’s already ringed by skeptics.
” the director, Mark Mylod, asked solicitously.“My face! The mechanism that makes Faris Hollywood’s most original comic actress—a face as diagnostic as a polygraph pen—starts to quiver whenever she sees herself act or feels an ambient skepticism.
She’s an executive producer of the film, she helped select Mylod as the director from New Regency’s list of candidates, and she persuaded the studio to spend twenty-four million dollars building the film around her—but her power over its final shape was minimal. “The owners and jockeys stay over on the West Side, making the decisions, and we stay over here in our little stables in Hollywood, getting all doped up and ready to run.”In the parking lot afterward, Faris stood by her Mini Cooper convertible and said she’d been preparing for the inevitable question when she begins to publicize the film: (Her name is pronounced “Ahn-a,” not “An-a,” but Faris is too polite to correct anyone.) “Here’s my answer,” she said, preparing a sincere face: “It’s five . The test poses three questions: Does a movie contain two or more female characters who have names? And, if so, do they discuss something other than a man?
Right—even as she’s increasingly drawn to Colin, the Lothario across the hall.“But it still bothers me: why would Ally be unemployed and wearing Prada shoes?