Anna Faris is still trying to figure out the purpose of marriage in today’s world

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Is anyone else sort of surprised by how little drama there was with Anna Faris and Chris Pratt’s divorce? It seems like they really thought about how they were going to do it and their plan worked out well – a joint statement, little speculation about third parties contributing to the divorce, and zero drama about their son Jack. Anna and Chris share custody of Jack and they’re both very close to him and they’re hands-on parents. Anna moved on quickly with a new boyfriend and Chris has yet to make anyone his “official,” although he’s been seen out on dates. All in all, a Hollywood divorce done well, relatively speaking. But even a good divorce has made Anna gun-shy about marriage in general.

After two divorces, Anna Faris isn’t sure about marriage.

“I need to figure out what the purpose is,” Faris, 41, said on Monday’s episode of Dax Shepard’s “Armchair Expert” podcast. “Is it safety for your children? Is it convention? Is it so other people respect your relationship more? For me, I’m just not quite sure where it fits, especially when it feels so easy to get married, and then the untangling — when the state gets involved. There is the importance of how other people then treat you as a married man than as a man with a girlfriend. I do think it is important how other people respect a relationship … I’m not saying it’s a good reason, but it is a small benefit of having that label of being married.”

Still, the “Overboard” star admitted that her and Pratt’s PDA and social media presence made their rough patches and breakup even harder.

“Chris and I did talk about [it]. We got, like on the Twitter feed, ‘Love is dead’ and ‘relationship goals,’” she said. “I think what we were also guilty of — we obviously cultivated something and it was rewarding for a while. It was like ‘People seem to think we got all this s—t right.’ ”

That doesn’t mean that Faris took lightly the public devastation at their divorce, which she confessed irritated her at the time.

“I had a little bit of a childish feeling of ‘Oh come on, f——king grow up!’ Like, [there was] a little bit of anger. But that’s not fair either, because I cultivated it,” she explained. “We intentionally cultivated this idea of like, ‘Look at this beautiful family.’ There were so many moments that were like that but like anything on social media, you don’t post like, ‘Where the f—k is the toilet paper?!’ or whatever. I think it’s a very hard forum to be genuine, and I think it does a disservice to people to not be.”

[From Page Six]

I have to say, I’ve never really been an Anna Faris fan, but she comes across as so real here. Not Jennifer Lawrence “look at me as a eat Doritos and fart!” REAL, but like an actually real person who admits that she cultivated the happy-family image and that she struggles to understand, as a twice-divorced person, why marriage exists in 2018. I do think that the reason why many couples get married is because of tradition, because of children, and because society simply treats married people differently then “people who are living together” or “life partners” or “boyfriend/girlfriend.” I do that too, so do most people, in creating this delineation that is really just about a piece of paper. Sigh… I guess I’m an Anna Faris fan now.

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  1. Darla says:

    Why can’t I stand her? And I am so rarely this way about women. I cannot stand this woman. Can’t stand her.


    • kate says:

      I can’t stand her either. Same for Chris.

      • Bri W. says:

        I agree. I’ll never forget that mess with her dog so I’m still okay with not liking her.

      • Darla says:

        Yep, I don’t like him either. I am really looking forward to Infinity War, but I get so annoyed every time I’m reminded he’s in it. I hated Guardians, and I love Marvel.

    • Naddie says:

      If anything I read about how she broke up with her previous man to get with Chris is right, she’s hardly a likeable person.

  2. Rose says:

    Ugh her face, why’d she mess with it .

  3. Jillian says:

    I hate she pronounces her name wrong.

    Best of luck to them and their son

  4. Naddie says:

    I’m glad people are questioning marriage. It’s been treated as an institution for too long, when it should be seen as a choice.

  5. Veronica says:

    Why get married? Because it can provide access to things like shared income, benefits coverage, emotional stability, legal protections for the spouse and children, marital assets, social approval, sex, etc. For those of us for whom marriage has always been allowed, and particularly for the wealthy, that’s not a big deal, but for those who have been historically denied that right (slaves, LGBT+, interracial or ethnic couples, etc.), it’s everything.

    • Lorelei says:

      @Veronica this is such an important point. I didn’t realize how much she was speaking from a place of privilege until I read your comment but you’re so right. Thank you!

  6. Babs says:

    I struggle to understand how it is so hard for some people to get what marriage is for. No one is forced to do it yet it bothers a lot of people. It is far from being just a pièce of paper when you got kid(s), real estate and life decisions to make.
    Oh and taxes.

    • Stef Leppard says:

      It bothers me when people say marriage is “just a piece of paper.”

    • Silent Star says:

      Maybe things are different here in Canada, but other than perhaps immigration situations, there is no legal benefit to getting married. It depends on the province, but you are automatically considered common law after you’re living together a certain amount of time or if you have children together. You pretty much get all the benefits of a legal spouse. Therefore, I will not marry my ten year long partner. There is no point.

  7. Sheworl says:

    It has a purpose. Her marriages might have outlived their purpose.

  8. Sherry says:

    I have said many times that if anything ever happens to my husband or we end up divorced, I’m never getting married again. I believe there are benefits to children in being raised in an intact family, but as Goldie and Kurt have shown, that doesn’t necessarily mean you have to be married.

  9. Coop says:

    Uhhhh… I think if it’s your name you have the say on how it’s pronounced!

    On another note, she is pretty funny on her podcast. I suggest subscribing and then pick and choosing what episodes to listen to based on celebrity guests.

    • Lorelei says:

      @Coop that’s exactly what I do!

      I’m not a huge fan of hers, but I also really enjoyed her on WTF with Marc Maron.

  10. Lilith says:

    I’m questioning it as well, honestly.

  11. Patricia says:

    I married my husband because I wanted him to be my husband. I wanted to stand up and take a vow to always be his partner and I wanted to be his wife. It’s real, it’s simple. Yes there are the benefits, which I do not take lightly.
    But I married him because he’s my family, he’s my partner, he’s my husband in all ways. I’m proud that we are committed to each other. I’m proud to have the same name as him, and that was my choice.

  12. anon says:

    we married for health insurance. this was 15 years ago when i was 23. i wasn’t entitled to his unless we wed. so we did. it’s worked out so far.

  13. Wilder says:

    Anna is speaking from a very privileged point of view. She makes a lot of money in her profession, and doesn’t work much for it, relatively speaking — compared to people who work full-time hours, 50 weeks a year, some for minimum wage or barely more than that. Why do they get married? Financial stability has a lot to do with it — someone to share the burden of bills and childcare with, rather than struggling to do it on your own, and someone who’ll be there for you in your old age. When you have a lot of money you can hire people to help you with everything, and I can see how someone in that position may not care so much about being married. For most of us, though, there’s a lot of comfort that comes with knowing someone has your back.