Faris finds nothing stupid in dumb blonde roles

Thu Apr 9, 2009 7:10pm EDT
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By Alex Dobuzinskis

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Being a "dumb blonde" is nothing to laugh at, unless you're actress Anna Faris.

Faris, whose comedy "Observe and Report" debuts in movie theaters on Friday, has made a career playing less-than-brainy blondes on film, but in reality she is anything but dumb.

Still, when the 32-year-old who majored in English literature in college is called stupid in her movie roles, she fails to let it bother her. In fact, she relishes it.

"It doesn't bother me if people think I'm a dumb blonde," Faris told Reuters. "I spent a lot of energy worrying about what people think, and I already have to do that enough in my career, and I just don't want to be preoccupied with it."

Raised by parents who kept her on a strict curfew and did not allow her to watch many movies, Faris gained notice in the "Scary Movie" series of horror film spoofs in the 1990s.

In recent years, she proved adept at playing a stoner on a quest for pot in "Smiley Face" and last year was a Playboy bunny who found herself in a college sorority in "The House Bunny," which she also produced.

Her career track recalls that of an earlier "dumb blonde," Goldie Hawn. Hawn, 63, played a dimwitted dancer on TV comedy "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In" before winning an Oscar in 1969's "Cactus Flower." Hawn's first foray into producing, "Private Benjamin," proved to be a box office blockbuster in 1980.

NEW MOVIE, OLD TRICKS   Continued...

<p>Cast member Anna Faris attends the premiere of "Observe and Report" in Los Angeles April 6, 2009. REUTERS/Phil McCarten</p>