Anna Faris’ new memoir, Unqualified, really gives a candid look inside her life. And that includes her two marriages, the most recent one to Chris Pratt that fell apart after the book was mostly written.
Faris has been open about her decision not to change much about the book, even though it discusses her relationship with Pratt when things were good and will likely leave readers with a lot of questions about what went wrong. But she does reveal that neither of her marriages was perfect. They ended for different reasons, and Faris is being open and straightforward about both of them.
One thing they did have in common, though, was a fame imbalance. When Faris married her first husband, Ben Indra, she was relatively unknown and just starting out as an actor. When she shot to fame after landing a role in Scary Movie, “there was an immediate shift in the power dynamic of our relationship after that, though I didn’t clock it at the time,” Faris wrote. “It never occurred to me that this moment of success could have a negative impact on what was then a budding relationship.”
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Something similar happened when Faris ended her marriage and started dating Pratt. Her career was dying down a little, and his was just starting. When Pratt shot to stardom with several huge movie roles, the imbalance was there again, but this time, Faris was on the other side of it.
It really caused problems when Pratt starred in Passengers alongside Jennifer Lawrence.
“Before they met in person, my publicist, out of the blue, pulled me aside. ‘Anna, listen there are going to be paparazzi all over them,'” Faris wrote. “‘There are going to be shots of them laughing together on their way to set. There are going to be stories circulating, and you have to brace yourself for this.'”
Faris later described those stories as “totally hurtful,” and admitted that they did have an impact on her relationship with Pratt.
No matter how you look at it, dating in the spotlight can’t be easy. And based on the reviews so far, Faris’ new book is an open, candid look at what it’s like.