Anna Faris Explains Why Chris Pratt Was Never Her Best Friend

In recent years, many celebrities have described their significant others as their best friends, defying the idea that a lover can’t also be a friend. Following her split from Chris Pratt, actress and author of a memoir entitled Unqualified, Anna Faris, explains why she never believed a spouse could be a friend. The memoir comes just after Faris and Pratt called an end to their eight year marriage and shares Anna’s thoughts on the relationship and her personal life over that same time period.
Anna Faris Says Chris Pratt Filled a Very Specific Role
In an excerpt from Unqualified, Anna Faris writes that she was once advised that, following her wedding to Chris Pratt, she would no longer need a tight-knit group of friends. Instead, it was presumed that her new husband would fill that role, but Ms. Faris adds that she never believed that bit of wisdom. Instead, she says the advise and the very idea of a mate also filling the role of best friend is all just an “overhyped” concept.
Anna feels that a mate is meant to fill a specific role, while friends each fill other roles. She explains that one fills different roles, depending on which friend is around. For instance, one friend might need a sympathetic ear, while another friend is more gifted to be the listener to you and for your problems. Faris adds that, much like most others, she has a friend with whom she can discuss professional problems and another friend who has been the lifetime pal.
Anna Faris Isn’t Proud of Ditching the Girls
Looking back on that division of friends, Ms. Faris recalls a time when she valued her male friendships over female companionship. Now, she regrets isolating herself from female friends. She says she thought male friends were more valuable to her, because she didn’t really fit in with the typical college sorority girls.
“I was selling my own gender down the river, and I wasn’t even getting any fulfillment from the relationships with those dudes,” Anna says.
Now, Faris admits that her lack of girlfriends had more to do with her own persona and less to do with what sorority girls brought to the table. She admits she was angry and jealous most of the time, so surrounding herself with guy friends served as a buffer to that. She says those negative feelings stemmed from having been bullied in grade school and high school, so, for that reason, she tended to stay away from groups of girls.
Today, Anna Faris recognizes the importance of same-sex friendships, even if they are still difficult to culminate.
“It takes vulnerability of spirit to open yourself up to other women in a way that isn’t competitive, and that’s especially hard in Hollywood, where competition is built into almost every interaction.”
Unqualified will hit bookstands on October 24.