Anna Faris is still floored that she got a boob job ‘because I am a staunch feminist’

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Anna Faris covers the latest issue of Women’s Health to promote that craptastic-looking Overboard remake. Of all the 1980s hits, you’re going to remake Overboard, arguably one of the best films of that time period?!?! I’m still mad about that, sorry. Anyway, I didn’t hate Anna in this interview. In fact, I’ve been enjoying her interviews a lot post-Chris Pratt. Reportedly, Anna was not in the best place during the last years of her marriage. Everything that’s come after the split seems to have helped her reclaim her own identity, and she just seems happier right now. Some highlights from Women’s Health:

Getting breast implants: “I was always a negative-A cup, so when I was 30, I was getting a divorce [she was married to Ben Indra for four years], I had just finished House Bunny, and I’d sold another movie, all of these new things were happening to me, so I got my breasts done… it was f— awesome. I never, ever thought I’d do something like that…[I] always thought plastic surgery was caving in to ‘the man,’ you know? But it came down to a really simple thing: I wanted to fill out a bikini. I’m still floored that I did it, because I am a staunch feminist. I kept thinking, am I betraying my own gender by doing this?”

How she feels about plastic surgery now: “[I think] that people should be able to do whatever they want, whether it’s getting braces, bleaching their hair, getting extensions, getting a boob job, getting vaginal surgery, or getting a nose job.”

Gaining 70 lbs of pregnancy weight: “When I was pregnant, I gained 70 lbs! I wish it was all in my belly, but it was on my arms, my thighs, my ass. I remember at the time thinking, This is incredible. I’d never enjoyed food more and I didn’t care. My vanity was completely tidal-waved by the need to just nourish this thing. Nothing was going to stop me! Finally, my doctor was like, ‘Okay, you’re, uh, gaining at a pretty rapid pace.’ Well, yeah! For the first time in a long time, I had absolutely zero concern about my weight. It felt really good.”

She loves hiking: “I grew up in Washington, and my dad took us hiking in the mountains every weekend. I had a passion for it early on,” she said, adding that she and her brother “weren’t allowed to bring friends. I’m really grateful for that time because it forced me to have conversations with my parents and appreciate nature. I hope to instill that in my son. I think of hiking as my time to be alone and reflect. I love pushing my body, but I also love the solitude. It’s one of the few times in my week that I get to be by myself and think about things. Sometimes I listen to other podcasts and get inspiration from them.”

[From People]

I don’t think it’s anti-feminist to get a boob job, and I agree that people should be free to get whatever they want done as far as cosmetic surgery. My problems with plastic surgery are that some people try to “fix” a problem that doesn’t really exist, or that they’re addicted, Kardashian-style, to a really cartoonish, plastic look. I also have a problem when people lie about the work they’ve had done (Kardashian-style, again). Anna’s never lied about her boob job, and she got implants that are proportional to her frame and all of that. I don’t think anyone has a problem with that kind of work. As for gaining 70 pounds while pregnant… it feels like the kind of story Jessica Simpson would tell.

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  1. Chaine says:

    They don’t look fake. I guess she was smart about it and picked an appropriate size and a good doctor.

    • NotSoSocialButterfly says:

      Except that there’s a pretty big gap between them. Definitely proportional volume-wise, though.

      • Veronica S. says:

        Where your breasts sit has more to do with the size and structure of the rib cage than the implants. You can have very large breasts and still have a gap between them because the muscular around your rib cage pushes them outward.

      • Sandy says:

        My natural breasts are very wide-set. I can place an entire palm between them. When I was going through puberty, I thought I was a freak and cry about my boobs “growing in under my armpits”, but I learned bodies are just different.

      • Lahdidahbaby says:

        Yep, Sandy, that’s exactly how mine are–I used to try to wear bras that squeezed them together, but that felt and looked awful.

      • Bridget says:

        There’s really not, and just stop picking apart women, please.

    • Ang says:

      There’s NO FREE SPEECH! exactly what KANYE’S been TWEETING, you bunch of deadheads!

  2. Veronica S. says:

    Considering the recent wave of capitalist (mostly white) feminism seems to be “how can we best learn how to survive under patriarchy while pretending that marketability is empowerment,” I think I can totally understand how she talked herself into it.

    • heylee says:

      @Veronica your comment is spot on and amazing! Just from that one line, I want to hear more of your thoughts 🙂

      • Dee says:

        I remember a lit-prof telling me once that all the Austen/Bronte works were convincing women to want to do what they would be forced to do anyway.
        Sounds about the same as this – equally sad and demoralizing.

      • Bettyrose says:

        Dee…interesting perspective..but Austen’s novels if anything parody the absurd position of women in her social class. Although some do still read them as romance novels, and Hollywood misinterprets them all the time. I’ll defend Jane Eyre to the end as a fiercely feminist novel, but here and now is not the place.

      • Veronica S. says:

        I don’t know if that’s a fair comparison because Austen and Bronte lived in significantly more restricted time period, not only in terms of the gender roles of their time but the socioeconomic limitations placed on women in general. (If women have so few options, then marrying well and for one’s own happiness is *imperative,* after all.) Today their fiction seems outdated, but what they wrote about – the independent desires of women being meaningful and worth validating – was pretty radical for their time period. Austen, I could seen an argument for, if you want to imply an insidious intent, but there is definitely anger in the Bronte sisters, particularly Charlotte. Her heroine would rather risk starvation, death, and loneliness than be a man’s whore. It is definitely a novel written by a woman who was once told that her gender made her literary contributions negligible.

      • SlightlyAnonny says:

        @Bettyrose. Yes! The power and subversion in “Reader, I married him.” I love that book.
        Plus, both Austen and Bronte[s] featured women who weren’t supposed to marry at all or marry the person they ended up with. Anne in Persuasion should never have married (or should have married her scammer cousin), Elizabeth in P&P should have married Mr. Collins and Charlotte Lucas should never have married, the list goes on.

      • bettyrose says:


        And she didn’t truly love him until they were absolute equals. She left him when he wanted her as his mistress, took another job, and proved she didn’t need his fortune – but when he no longer had any advantages over her (nor was he any longer a symbol of British colonialism with a Jamaican born wife locked in the attic) she was able to truly love him. This book published circa 1850 is a masterpiece of intersectional feminism.

      • Ada says:

        I love everything in this thread.

      • Miss Jupitero says:

        Really? I always thought of Jane Austen’s novels as horror novels, and never understood how anyone found them romantic. Those women are all in deep shit if they don’t secure husbands. Nothing rosy about it.

    • ValiantlyVarnished says:

      Girl…you just dropped a truth bomb

    • Jessica says:

      I don’t see plastic surgery as feminist or anti-feminist. Some people get it for the wrong reasons but some people really just want to change something for their overall look; I’m getting cosmetic surgery to fix a scar but I’m open to other non-invasive procedures.

      • Veronica S. says:

        I don’t see it as necessarily anti-feminist, either, but I do think women are facing the same pressure to look beautiful regardless of their station, and the aesthetic industry certain capitalizes on that. What constitutes a “great rack” or “good face” is entirely a social construct, after all.

        The message that “women are beautiful at any size” is a nice sentiment, but it’s not what we should be pursuing. Women shouldn’t have to be beautiful. The embrace of “femininity” as a tool of empowerment ignores the reality that it’s not optional. Create a world where women are valid regardless of appearance, and we might actually cover some real ground.

      • Slowsnow says:

        I tend to agree with you @Veronica S. I want to respect people’s choices. But I cannot help but think that giving in to doing something as invasive, painful, and to a certain degree dangerous is prioritising looks over a lot of other things that define us – because that is what society ultimately goes for. These celebs are a barometer in that sense.

      • Kelly says:

        That’s what I was thinking. If you get a boob job because a man wants you to then yeah, that’s not feminist. But I have a friend who got one last year because her boobs were drastically different sizes and the weight on one side was causing her to slouch and have back problems. It’s noy an inherently anti-feminist procedure.

    • Luisa says:

      wow YASSS @veronica

    • Marine The Machine says:

      Right on point!

    • Tanya says:

      I have a tiny ribcage and have tiny breasts. I literally have to get 80% of my clothes tailored so they’ll fit properly. Not being able to fill out a bikini isn’t just about marketability; it has a material impact on my day to day life.

      • Carmen says:

        Having tiny breasts myself, I totally understand the struggle. But in the end I’d rather find clothes that fit me instead of getting surgery to create a partly artificial body that fits clothes. Clothes are a utility (and if they look cute it’s great too), they were invented and produced to cover MY body – my body on the other hand wasn’t created and doesn’t have to wear whichever overpriced lingerie brand that only has like… 5 sizes.

      • Veronica says:

        The cut of clothing has to do more with the social shift from independent market production to mass manufacturing. Clothing that is not individually tailored is going to be designed for the majority – ie women with straighter hips, average height, and moderately sized breasts. Women with hourglass figures, petite or tall builds, or disproportionately large breasts encounter their own problems with fit.

        Anna Faris could afford tailoring if she wanted to. What she wanted was bigger breasts – which is fine. She’s an adult who can make her own decisions. I don’t have a problem with that. But the cosmetic factor can’t exist external to the reality of the culture in which she lives. It’s still a surgical procedure. It comes with risks. And there is certainly a statement being made by a society that doesn’t bat an eye at a woman paying somebody to slice open her chest to increase the size of two fat pockets but forces trans individuals to jump through dozens of psychiatric and medical hoops to get what they desire. We are very restrictive about whose cosmetic enhancement are given priority and acceptance.

  3. Slowsnow says:

    Of course you are caving in for “the man” in the way that we want to feel our best for ourselves and the people we want to find us sexy. I don’t have a problem with that at all. Otherwise we would not dress with nice clothes and fix our hair.

    Overall, for me, life is about balance and choosing to do something as drastic as changing your features takes the imbalance towards looks being far more important than money in the bank, undergoing a serious health risk, and foregoing the light-heartedness of finding out who you are physically and mentally and what is best for you. But if surgery and change is that important for you, more power to you and go for it. At the end of the day it’s all about knowing oneself and what is the priority. It’s not for me and I would never do anything like it.

  4. Nancy says:

    She gave herself away. She didn’t go all Stormy Daniels. She looks natural, but seems to have a desire to point out her surgery as a punishment for not being a feminist which is in of itself not true. These women are all so lost in one way or another.

  5. lucy2 says:

    If she did it because she truly wanted to, that’s great.
    But I think so much plastic surgery is driven by wanting to please other people or compete with them, or conform to society standards, and I don’t think that’s healthy.

    She does seem happier now. Considering what a pill Pratt has turned out to be, kind of makes sense.

  6. reverie says:

    Quite a not feminist thing to say.

  7. Bettyrose says:

    Such mixed feelings because I’ve secretly considered it..but normalizing cosmetic surgery is wrong on many levels. Surgery is dangerous and physically traumatic (not to mention expensive). Your body never entirely stops feeling those incisions, cutting through skin and muscle. When medically unnecessary procedures become not just socially accepted but expected, it’s women most likely to suffer.

    • Anners says:

      Huh. I’ve never thought of it that way before bettyrose, but you’re right. I’ve considered surgery because my breasts are uneven (especially since I had to have some tissue removed from one for medical reasons). It was 18 months ago, and the incision is really small, but my body is still definitely aware of it. I think you have convinced me to lay aside thoughts of further surgery in deference to my body’s already overwhelming awesomeness. I’m not gonna put it through more hell ‘just cuz’.

      • bettyrose says:


        *Hugs* I’ve had several surgeries, myself, resulting from a terrible accident in my teen years. They’re difficult to overcome physically and emotionally, but it’s so important to love our bodies and own our unique scars (took me nearly 20 years to say that). I don’t categorically object to cosmetic procedures, and women have every right to own our bodies in the way that makes sense to us, but I’m also slightly terrified that the influence of the Kardashians (and their kind) will pressure more and more young women into dangerous, painful, psychologically scarring procedures that ultimately have no purpose.

    • Brian says:

      I definitely agree with you. And ultimately, what is it for? I guess for women (or men, really if we really elaborate) who are in the business of show and who’s paychecks are proportional to how physically appealing they are it might make more sense to give in to the pressure as a way to shore up their financial sustainability

  8. KatieBo says:

    I still don’t understand why people are ever upset about other people’s decision to get plastic surgery. Their body is none of our business. Let them lie. They owe us nothing. I’ve lied to people about details in my life I’m not comfortable disclosing. Celebrities don’t owe it to us to detail their medical history. The amount of surgery they want is none of our business. The aesthetic they like might not be mine and that’s none of my business. Commentators are always “fine” with plastic surgery if it suits their aesthetic or what they think is appropriate.

    • Betsy says:

      I’m generally not fine with anyone’s cosmetic surgery. You’re right, it’s none of my business, so I say it online only. There’s something anonymizing to getting procedures to look a certain way.

      • Kim says:

        Betsy, I’m in the same boat as you. I keep my opinions about plastic surgery to myself IRL and generally online as well but, personally, I object. It’s not normal to physically mutilate your body for a beauty standard. Even the societal pressure to shave off my body hair annoys me. Every woman draws the line somewhere. But when I see people like that youngest Kardashian transform into a totally different looking person right before my eyes, and other people actually treating it like it’s normal, I get a very uneasy feeling that society and beauty norms are moving even farther into the wrong direction. One step foward, two steps back. Like the commenter said above, making yourself more marketable is not empowerment.

  9. Happy21 says:

    I don’t mind what she’s saying here and I’m glad that she owns it.
    I still don’t like her at all though. Can’t help it. Sorry, not sorry.

  10. Astrid says:

    I agree that a person having work done is fine. What bothers me about plastic surgery is when that same person denies the work.

  11. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    Boob jobs and being a feminist are not mutually exclusive. Many women might, indeed, do these things for men, but I tend to think much is done for other women. And God forbid we look in the mirror and want something done for ourselves. If I had the money, I’d give anything to do something with these breastfed-to-death-week-old-deflated-party-balloons that are permanently strapped to my chest.

  12. HeyThere! says:

    I use you have “perfect boobs”, well my ideal for me. Then two babies later…I am seriously considering doing something. For nobody but me. I doubt I do but I really, really miss my pre baby boobs. LOL I guess those boobs will just be left in my youth because I don’t think I would be happy with the fake ones either.

    I don’t think it’s anti fem to get work done, but I do get where she is coming from. I have a few friends that regret boob jobs for their now x husbands. If my husband suggested I do that…well let’s just say it wouldn’t go over well.

  13. Pandy says:

    I could care less that someone has plastic surgery. It’s funny (and kind of annoying) when people deny it and it’s really obvious Kardashian-style … or it’s just bad work. Otherwise, I could care less about someone’s motivations.

  14. PJ says:

    My only problem here is her timeline because…she definitely had the implants IN the House Bunny movie 🤔 I mean, you couldn’t miss them.

    • IsaidwhatIsaid says:

      She definitely did have them done before the House Bunny! I remember reading an interview when she talked about it. I don’t think she’s deliberately being dishonest, I think she just has her timeline messed up. It happens.

    • Brian says:

      That ran through my mind as well.

    • claudia says:

      she also had lip filler, she also had em in entourage

  15. minx says:

    It’s her business. I’ve been very small breasted all my life and might have done something about it years ago—not for any guy but for myself. It would have been nice to fill out a swimsuit or sundress a little better. I wouldn’t have gotten titan missle boobs, just a little bigger. And my boobs are small enough that they don’t sag, so that’s a plus I guess.

  16. JA says:

    As expected comments on how yea she can do what she wants but she’s totally confining to society’s idea of sexy and she’s totally not a feminist because of it!! Good God, sometimes when these comments shout about feminism it sounds like “ Do as I say because only my view is right “! She wanted it and she loved the result AND if she supports and agrees in equality amongst the sexes she’s still a feminist!

    • Slowsnow says:

      At the end of the day no one is revoking her feminist card here. “We” (I mean me lol) are wondering about the internalised patriarchal pressure that leads to self-hate, insecurity, an imbalanced obligation towards looks (compare the grooming time required for a men to go to his job than a woman’s, some jobs even require a woman to wear heels), etc. Which leads us to make “choices” that feel like a personal priority but might just be a societal one. There is nothing wrong with questioning that and by no means is it implied that she is not a feminist, especially as she, in a way, started this conversation by being so candid so kudos to her. Moreover, she is in a business that demands her to look a certain way – which I personally find distracting and much prefer British TV and cinema because people look realistic.

      • Ada says:

        I agree, Slowsnow! I like the way Anna Faris talked about it open-endedly, but people who celebrate surgery as feminist usually belong to the school of whatever-women-choose-to-do-is-feminist, which risks becoming too watered down and individualistic for me. I am not for scolding individual women for their choices, but plastic surgery is by no means safe. Anecdotally, my mother had eyelid surgery recently, as “all her friends” had done it, but she bitterly regrets it. Turns out her friends had downplayed their own recovery times, plus she realized she actually liked her droopy lids.

      • Snowflake says:

        I’ve been trying to decide if I want to get an eye job in the future. Are most of the ladies happy with it?

  17. SJhere says:

    As I age I no longer give one hot damn about other people’s opinion of me or my choices in life. At 57, I have survived some deep crap, as many others also have done. Live and let live.

    I will say I do regret the many years I spent trying to get comfortable being myself. I wasted far too much time pleasing and doing for others.
    Personally, I would like to see women accept themselves, pass on the makeup and plastic surgery, and focus on taking care of and valuing themselves as they are.

  18. Electric Tuba says:

    No ones boobs is any of my business.
    I’m sure this is stitched on a pillow someplace lol
    I’m still undecided if talking about boobs in interviews is beneficial to anyone in any real sense. I’d like to see people just say “our bodies, our choices.” Instead of going into details about why this and that is happening with your bra.
    Just my opinion I’m not typing this in a rude tone or anything negative.

  19. Isa says:

    I’ve wanted them done since I was 13. I haven’t got them. I do worry about the message I would send to my daughters, especially since my oldest said her friends call her a late bloomer. So, I’ve had to explain what she can probably expect.
    It’s not for attention, bc I get enough of that and it’s never good. My husband doesn’t want me to do it, but he’s also not going to tell me no.

    • Snowflake says:

      If it bothers you that much, I say do it. I might get a boob lift in the future. My boobs are pretty saggy. Hubs doesn’t mind them but I think he would be ok with me getting a lift. But obviously, if you’re been thinking about it since 13, it must really bother you. A boob job is very common, I would say its one of the safer surgeries you could get. I say go for it.

  20. Linds says:

    I’m a big believer of the whole “do what makes you happy” thing too. A lot of plastic surgery stems from insecurities, so saying they’re fixing a problem that doesn’t exist isn’t completely accurate bc I’m sure to those people, it does exist. I don’t care if they look silly by my standards or even if they want to lie about it; it’s their body and they’re the ones who have to live in it every day and they owe me nothing. The only time I ever have a problem when it comes to being dishonest about PS is when people try to profit from it. I see a lot of ‘fitness gurus’ selling their booty plans or workout plans on social media when they’ve gotten fat transfers, implants, lipo, etc. don’t want to let the world know your body was bought and not built? okay cool fair enough, do you. But don’t take people’s money and lead them to believe they can achieve the same thing naturally.

    • Anika says:

      @Linds: I agree: I don’t like it when celebrities try to make a buck off of what they assume to be the general public’s ignorance about plastic surgery. Such as Cindy Crawford’s “Meaningful Beauty” products, which she claims are how she maintains her “youthful beauty.” Anyone w some basic knowledge looking at her can tell that, in fact, her face has been drastically altered by a surgeon’s knife and by expensive fillers, not by topical creams or moisturizers, yet she goes on pretending that she relies only on her own product of skin care for her looks. It annoys me when ANY celebrity does this, but I admit that, even at her peak, I never saw Cindy as more than an athletic looking, fairly attractive young woman; I could never truly discern her appeal. Now that she is fifty, and such a shallow, hollow seeming person, aggressively preparing her daughter for modeling practically since from when the girl could first walk, I’d say she has the face she deserves. (She looks so much like Caitlin Jenner now, it’s shocking.) She’s a con artist, hawking her skin line while getting thousands of dollars in plastic surgery.

  21. chelsy says:

    She works in an industry where particularly for women, your success is greatly influenced by your appearance. Hard to judge her for doing what most of Hollywood does in some capacity (face lifts, breast augmentation, etc.) and it’s *her* body, *her* money, etc. after all.

    I echo the sentiments of those in the thread who appreciated her candour. Although it’s no one’s business what someone else does with their own body, there are celebs who will deny they’ve had work done and in interviews, go on ad nauseum about how “natural” they are. Jennifer Garner comes to mind here. Her “image” is wholesome mom, living the simple life, no fuss, no muss. Her breast implants are painfully obvious, especially recently when after dieting down and training heavily for a role her breasts look rock solid and haven’t decreased in size as one would expect.

  22. Naddie says:

    When I think about the concept of plastic surgery, I see how sick we are as a society to normalize this. Invasive procedure that requires cut flesh and skin, broken bones and sometimes the permanent introduction of a non organic substance, like plastic or rubber inside the body, all while the person is under a risky anesthesia effect. And we’re not talking about deformity or the result of an accident, we’re talking about… looking prettier. I hate my nose, and maybe I’d redo it if I had money, but I wonder how right this is, since I didn’t seem to have a problem with it when I was a child.

    • tracking says:

      Yes, surgery should not be taken lightly, and it makes me sad that women often seek it out in response to the internalized pressure to live up to an impossible standard ultimately set by men. The ubiquitousness of nose jobs in Hollywood alone, which then compels the next generation to view their own noses (and boobs or whatever) as not good enough, thereby perpetuating the cycle. And thanks to the Kardashians etc. it’s worse than ever.

      • Naddie says:

        Yeah, and still people pretend they don’t see the obvious: it’s for a standard. How many people you know who want to reduce their boobs or enlarge their noses? In the first case, it’s mostly for back problems, never the “perfect looks of A-cups”. I dream about the day when a star will come out and say “I did it to fit the standard of a superficial industry, or I would be jobless by tomorrow”.

  23. LIONOHHHH86 says:

    Let’s be real…if she didn’t get them, it’s doubtful her acting gigs would have continued. Kaley KooKoo did the same thing. No acting ability whatsoever. Also Idgaf if she’s a feminist. She is sh*tty to animals

  24. claudia says:

    they do look fake lol have u ever seen a boob in your life?

  25. poppy says:

    who decided how to fill out a bikini correctly?
    that is why she is conflicted.

    she filled it out just fine as she was but comparatively for her it just wasn’t good enough.
    that is a path no body needs to walk.

    when will people realize what many find irresistible is a person that owns and rocks what god gifted them? these “imperfections” are what sets you apart and makes you different and special. confidence is attractive.

    why most everyone wants to look the same is proof a lot of people are too insecure and sheepish. it is super sad in hollywierd where you must have a tiny nose too big boobs for your fatless body blond hair full lips high cheeks etc. how many articles here have comments like this:
    Oh I thought that was X, I didn’t recognize it was Y.

    we will all see how these plastic people age and if medicine can keep up.
    didn’t a very famous person become addicted to the procedures and subsequent pain relief to the point where he didn’t even really have a nose left?!?!?
    where do you stop “correcting”?

    surgery is serious. cutting open the body and putting foreign matter inside the body for cosmetic reasons is tempting fate.
    god luck with that.

    • Naddie says:

      YES! Plus, if my boobs won’t fill up a bra, I just get a smaller one. We prefer to adapt our bodies by cutting in than adapt a piece of tissue, or an idea to the way we look.

  26. stripped says:

    I wonder what it would be like if women spent the time they do on their looks on making efforts to improve the quality of their own lives and the lives of other women. Maybe the beauty industry would go down but I think this common focus on beauty is one driver of misogyny. The best looking women I know either were born this way and maintain their beauty w/o arduous beauty routines or are women who are living a purposeful, self-fulfilling life.

  27. Tania Ortiz says:

    What a great conversation! I just wanted to say that media, in print, on screen, and in advertising, has normalized ‘perfection’. After being bombarded our whole childhood and adolescence with pictures of ‘perfect’ women, who doesn’t occasionally feel inadequate??

    I’m pretty sure that it is natural to have one breast slighty larger. Breasts come in all sizes. I have small breasts and have also told myself (when I was younger) that I would like to ‘fill out my clothes better.’ When I really considered the danger, pain and possible complications of breast enhancement, I opted not to do it.

    Now that I’m in my forties, I am comfortable with my body. I agree with previous comments, that we need good screening and mental health evals for anyone undergoing elective, body enhancing procedures. Especially for teens and young women!