Anna Faris has already been married and divorced twice. Her first marriage was to Ben Indra, and from the way she talks about it, it sounds like a somewhat dysfunctional starter marriage and she was happy to be single when they got divorced. Then she met Chris Pratt and everything changed – they got married and became parents, and their marriage fell apart. I really do believe that they’re good exes though – they seem to still be very close and they might have one of the best co-parenting situations in Hollywood. Anna moved on from Pratt very quickly, and she’s still dating Michael Barrett, the same guy she’s been with for a few years now. But now that Pratt is getting married to Katherine Schwarzenegger, does Anna feel those bridal urges?
With two marriages down, Anna Faris isn’t sure if she will ever get married again. She says she loves her boyfriend, Michael Barrett, but doesn’t like the idea of matrimony. While talking to Laura Wasser on her podcast, “Divorce Sucks!” the actress said she is leaning to the “no” side of getting wed over “yes.”
Faris notes that the legal implications of getting married on paper bother her. She does add that she still believes in commitment and monogamy.
“I believe in love and monogamy and I believe in the commitment with a relationship, but I do struggle, having been through it a couple of times now Laura, with the idea of our legal system…I struggle with that on kind of a feminist level,” Faris said on the show.
I think that’s a smart and mature decision, honestly. I can completely understand how someone would be over the whole institution after two rounds of marriage. I think Anna is self-aware enough to understand that the whole “fairy tale” of “forever” isn’t for her. I also appreciate that she isn’t competing with Chris Pratt – I like her more for knowing herself and for not playing that “I need to be engaged too!” game. I think Anna is at a point in her life where she relishes her independence overall too – she was overshadowed so much when she was with Pratt, and post-divorce, she’s been reclaiming her identity.
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It would take someone pretty much mythical in perfectness to make me want to marry again if I were her. I think I just wouldn’t bother. Honestly, if my husband and I were to split, I’m really not sure I’d bother to get married again unless it was really important to the other person. But I’ve never been someone who’s spent their life dreaming about a wedding, and even when ours was happening I hated the attention haha. But if I were to do it all over, I’d definitely be doing a small scale of just those REALLY close to me. Less in-fighting that way.
I really like Anna – even more so after I listened to her on armchair expert. But I’ve always had a soft spot for her and found her really funny. She also seems to not buy any of her own hype, sometimes to her own detriment I think. She seems neurotic, but in a really likable kind of way, and I feel sort of protective of her. So I hope for the best for her – whatever makes her happy.
I feel her. I won’t even do it twice.
Me too! I have no intention of even doing it once!
Marriage gives you a set of protections that common law living doesn’t, to be fair. But I think if you’re rich enough (like she is) and already have your child custody arrangements sorted out, it’s fine.
I was coming here to say the same thing. My brother just split from his long term partner and realized very quickly that everything goes out the window when you aren’t together anymore. As far as dividing their assets, a lot of what he assumed (she wouldn’t behave that way, she wouldn’t do that to me) is turning out not to be true.
I’ve always been pretty blasé about marriage, thinking the legal formality of the process was more of a hindrance if you eventually decide to split (although I am married myself). After seeing the instability and confusion of what he’s going through, though, I’m now pretty grateful for that piece of paper.
But I suppose it doesn’t matter if you know you don’t have to worry about yourself financially.
If you’re a podcast person, I highly recommend Anna Faris is Unqualified! I never really had an opinion about her, but it’s obvious she thinks about these callers long after the episodes, and really puts a lot of heart into it.
I would have been completely fine not getting remarried, but it was important to my husband.
I’m not sure I understand her point about marriage “from a feminist perspective” because marriage actually eases my life considerably. I work more than full time and my husband is basically retired, so having him take care of a lot of the stuff domestically enables me to focus on my career and the kids. Since we are both middle aged, health issues are likely going to happen at some point and I like knowing we are there for each other legally as well as emotionally.
But – I’m also older than Anna is and my idea of marriage has evolved over the years. I believe in fidelity and monogamy, but I don’t think your marriage should or can provide everything for you. My female friendships are hugely important. I have hobbies that are just mine because they don’t necessarily fit with what he wants to do. I make my own money, so I don’t expect him to provide for me financially. I don’t look to my husband to be my “everything.”
What we DO provide for each other is emotional support and we have huge amount of trust. He’s my greatest cheerleader and I am his. And, he’s really cute, so we have a great physical connection. But it’s a completely different set of exisvtations than I had in my youth.
I’m still married to my first husband (for now ;)), however…I would never do it again if I had the option. Divorced or widowed, I would never. What’s the point? I agree with him on being committed and love and monogamy etc but why do we need a piece of paper to solidify our love? My husband would love me the same regardless of the ring on my finger.
Unrelated: She looked fantastic in that lilac sequin gown at the top of the post. Her best red carpet look ever.
Agreed! The cut and color are so flattering on her, and her understated styling is just lovely.
I agree! So beautiful!