The Ex Factor

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In What’s Your Number?, Anna Faris pushes the year’s R-rated-comedy trend along by playing a crass, desperate woman who decides she can’t sleep with yet another man and must instead revisit all twenty of her exes (played by Joel McHale, Andy Samberg, Zachary Quinto, among others). She spoke with Logan Hill.

Your husband, Chris Pratt, plays an ex who thinks your character is stalking him.
I love working with my husband, although it’s terrifying. Like, if I don’t impress him with my acting skills, he’s going to fall out of love with me.

So it’s all over now?
No, thank God. He’s still with me.

You fell for Chris while making your last movie, Take Me Home Tonight. But you weren’t the only person he dated on that set?
I was proud of myself for being like, “Hey, I’m cool. I’m one of the guys. I can help you get some action!” Our friendship sort of grew, so when the movie came to an end, I really missed him.

That seems healthy.
Yes, but there are certain people we don’t bring up: the little redhead, or the really hot camera girl. But I remember them! Maybe six or seven months into dating—I don’t know—I asked Chris, “Hey, how many people have you slept with?” And he looks at me like, “That’s the dumbest question.” I was like, Oh, yeah. It is. To this day, he hasn’t told me.

Did you tell him yours?
My number is five and I was immature enough to be like, “Aren’t you happy that you’re with practically-a-virgin?” He said, “I’m not sure what you’re doing.”

Because if his number’s anything greater, he might look bad.
With guys it’s different. I think he could’ve slept with 300 women—maybe he has, and maybe I would think that’s kind of cool. Like, he accomplished a lot and I’m proud of him.

Do you think your character’s obsession with her number is absurd?
Completely. In L.A., twenty doesn’t seem high and the question itself is very old-fashioned, that this number is defining who you are and your morals. It’s not something I believe, although my mom probably does. She once said, “You will be a virgin until you are married.” I’m a very disappointing daughter.

The Jonas Brothers would agree with her.
Yeah, but we did some European press, and they were like, “What is this American obsession with numbers? We don’t care!”

Do you think Bridesmaids will let women be raunchier in films?
I think there was an idea that what women wanted out of a comedy was different from what men wanted. If I pitch an R-rated comedy, we’d have to revise it to a PG-13. Maybe I’m being optimistic, but I feel like there has been an audience shift that studios are terrified of.

Is it true that as a kid, you played some R-rated games with Barbies?
Yes. First there was Barbie Murder Mystery—lots of death, lots of ketchup. Then we graduated to Barbie Whorehouse. Just a lot of plastic rubbing together.

Did G.I. Joe come by?
Just Ken. G.I. Joe is smaller. We didn’t want to mess with that!

So it wasn’t anything kinky, just a regular Barbie whorehouse.
Yes. They should make a Trucker Ken or something, to serve just this purpose. With a beer belly. I can’t be the only one—I think all American girls and maybe some boys graduate on to Barbie Whorehouse.

Well, every toy is getting its movie, so maybe that’s your big franchise.
We might not be ready for that one yet.

What’s Your Number?
Directed by Mark Mylod.
20th Century Fox.
Sept. 30.

The Ex Factor