Anna Faris is used to giving hard advice on her podcast, "Anna Faris is Unqualified."
📚💃🏼 Today is a big day for such a short lady. My memoir @unqualified is now available for pre-order (link in the bio) and the cover is now available for your eyes!! 🚨Warning: book may or may not contain trace amounts of @prattprattpratt 🚨 ✍🏼 #Unqualified is out October 24th. 🔎 Follow @unqualified on Twitter & IG & FB & [insert new cool social platform here] for updates and EXCERPTS and all that good stuff.
Cosmopolitan published an essay adapted from the book.
I did have some precedent for shying away from packs of ladies. Growing up, I fell victim to plenty of mean girls who would sneak up on me and snap my bra strap. It may sound like a small thing, but when you’re a quiet teenager trying to get through high school unnoticed, that kind of unwanted attention is rough. One day, I went to my locker, and the words "fuck you, bitch" were written across it. It was humiliating and confusing. I didn’t think I was worthy of that kind of hatred.
That’s why it took me longer than it should have to realize just how important female relationships are. It takes vulnerability of spirit to open yourself up to other women in a way that isn’t competitive, and that’s especially hard in Hollywood, where competition is built into almost every interaction.
Today, I’m lucky to have a handful of women I count as confidantes. Among them, Allison Janney, my costar on Mom, Meghan, a friend from my hometown of Edmonds, Washington, and Kate, a dear childhood friend who I probably have nothing in common with anymore — at least from an outsider’s perspective — but who totally gets me because ... history.
I was once told that I didn’t need a tight group of girlfriends because Chris should be my best friend...to be honest, I think the notion of best friends in general is messed up though. It puts so much pressure on any one person, when I truly believe it’s okay to have intimacy with different people in different ways. And ranking your friends? It just shouldn’t happen, at least not beyond grade school.