Anna Faris on why she never blamed Jennifer Lawrence for Chris Pratt romance rumours

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The ups and downs of a film star can be pretty hard to relate to. Though they often earn millions for their efforts and lead what appear to be the most glamorous of lifestyles, they work on location for months at a time, film intense sex scenes with colleagues and sometimes find themselves the subject of baseless ‘cheating’ stories in the tabloids. Which, unsurprisingly, can cause distress to their real-life partners.

Now, Anna Faris – who separated from Chris Pratt earlier this summer after eight years of marriage – has opened up about how “hurt” she felt when the rumours of an affair between her estranged husband and his Passengers co-star, Jennifer Lawrence, surfaced in 2016.

But she’s also been at pains to point out that she never harboured any ill feelings toward Lawrence.

Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence on the Passengers press tour
Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence on the Passengers press tour

Writing in her memoir, Unqualified, Faris recalls: “I talked to Chris about how hurt I felt, even though I knew there was no truth to the stories [that he cheated on her], and he didn't understand at first...

“I didn't want to pay attention to the stories but I couldn't block them all out, either. I’d always taken pride in our relationship, and the coverage, even though it was just false rumours, was making me feel insecure.

“Eventually, Chris came around and understood why it felt s***ty.”

However, while she says the rumours made her feel “like a fool”, Faris informs her readers that she never once blamed Lawrence for them – nor thought of her as a ‘villain’ or the ‘other woman’.

“Jennifer and I really are friendly, and she was apologetic even though she didn't need to be, because she hadn't done anything wrong,” she writes.

“She’s awesome, but of course it’s hurtful and also embarrassing when people are saying your husband is cheating on you – even if it’s patently untrue. You still feel, and look, like a fool.”

Pratt and Faris first met in 2007 on the set of their film, Take Me Home Tonight. Two years later, they were married, and their beloved son Jack was born in 2012.

Over the last few years, Pratt has become a huge Hollywood star, thanks to his turns in Guardians of the Galaxy, The LEGO Movie, Jurassic World and Passengers. And Faris, speaking openly in her podcast, Anna Faris is Unqualified, has said that her husband’s sudden fame had put a strain on their marriage, despite many fans holding them up as the idea #relationshipgoals.

“We grapple with the idea of being a public couple,” she said in December. “There were some tabloid rumours about strain on our relationship.

“I just remember feeling so hurt in a way that bothered me because I didn't want to think of myself as somebody that could be affected by tabloid s**t. There was a picture of me walking alone on the beach: ‘Ageing Anna Faris, Alone on the Beach.’”

Faris continued: “I take pride in how great my relationship is with Chris, but having said that, of course, in this crazy world where he’s off doing movies and I’m in LA raising our child, of course I’m going to feel vulnerable, like any normal human would…

“And it did make me feel like, ‘Is public perception – even though it’s false – is there a grain of something?’

“It made me feel incredibly insecure.”

However, while Faris and Pratt are no longer a couple, they are still very much good friends.

So much so that the Mom star’s ex-husband penned the foreword for her new book.

“We’re great and he’s amazing. It was so kind of him to do that. We’re great friends and always will be,” she explained on Live! With Kelly and Ryan.

And, in a recent interview, Faris added: “We'll always have each other and be incredible friends.

“There is still so much laughter in our lives together, and he is so proud of me, still. We watched each other grow, and he still cracks me up all the time. And I think I crack him up – unless he’s a really good actor and great at faking laughter.”

Images: Rex Features