Anna Faris was “making an a*s” out of herself when she met Warren Beatty.
The 36-year-old was auditioning for Sofia Coppola’s 2003 drama Lost in Translation and will never forget when the acting legend walked in during a particularly awkward moment.
“She asked me to sing the song Nobody Does It Better, pretending like I was drunk and doing karaoke,” Anna told Backstage magazine.
“So I’m singing and generally making an a*s out of myself, and the door to the office starts to open. And in walks Warren Beatty.”
Anna told the outlet Warren and Sofia began talking and eventually the writer/director introduced her.
Fortunately the meeting ended on a high note when Warren revealed he was a huge fan of Anna’s work.
“So Sofia introduces us and goes, ‘Anna was in Scary Movie.’ And Warren looks at me and goes, ‘That was pretty f**king funny.’”
Anna ended up getting a small part in Lost in Translation after another celebrity she declined to mention passed up on the role. She wouldn’t find that out until six months later.
“I was the first person they saw. Then they auditioned a lot of my friends. And I think they made an offer to somebody more famous. At the last minute they told me I got it,” she revealed.
Ten years later, the House Bunny star still finds it surprising she lands comedic roles almost exclusively.
Anna admits she struggled for a long time at the start of her career to be taken seriously in Tinseltown, and she would still welcome a more dramatic part.
“In my 20s, I felt like I had something to prove to the town. But it’s all about the character. I just want to play interesting characters, and if it happens to be in something dramatic, that would be amazing,” she said.
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