Anna Faris has been carefully carving out a life for herself and her son, Jack, after separating from her second husband, Chris Pratt, in August 2017 and officially filing for divorce later that year. Between preparing to promote a new movie (a remake of the ’80s comedy Overboard), a hit TV show (CBS’ Mom) and a successful podcast (that’d be Unqualified) plus all the duties of motherhood, Faris has kept busy and hasn’t really opened up about her attitudes on love and marriage in the wake of separating from Pratt…until recently.
While sitting down with Dax Shepard to chat on his recently launched podcast, Armchair Expert, Faris was able to open up a bit more than she’s done in recent months about life after Pratt. As anyone who’s gone through a major breakup can understand, Faris has had to take a beat and reevaluate how she feels about love, marriage and where she wants to go from here, especially considering she has her son to think about.
“I need to figure out what the purpose is [of marriage],” she told Shepard. “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.”
You’ve got to hand it to Faris for her honesty. Personally, despite never having been married, I find her words to be deeply relatable. Anyone who has experienced mixed feelings about the idea of marriage will appreciate Faris getting real about trying to figure out if an institution most of us have been raised to think is a natural endgame is really the right one for us.
Faris also revealed to Shepard something she’d been somewhat mum on in the midst of her very busy life these days: where she stands with Pratt. Happily, she and Pratt are amicably co-parenting as they go through the divorce process right now. “We had an unbelievable marriage and we have a great friendship now,” she noted, “and we love our son to death, and I’m really proud of that because I’m not sure I did that well the first time.”
Of course, nobody expects Faris to get engaged anytime soon or dive right back into the dating pool with marriage in mind (although she is reportedly dating again). But it’s nice to hear that she’s taking some time to herself to reevaluate, assess and figure out what’s right for her on her own terms. Isn’t that how it should be?