In Faris’s breakout film, “The House Bunny,” in 2008, she played Shelley, a Playboy Bunny who takes charge of a nerdy sorority.
Teen-age girls relish the film’s empowering if somewhat head-scratching message—love yourself for who you are, but get a great makeover—and they especially relish the way Shelley commits people’s names to memory by intoning them in a growly demon voice: “The makers of “What’s Your Number? “We thought, Would twenty guys be too many for the audience to relate to her? “But if you take the number down—and we thought about fifteen, or even twelve—it makes the film less bold.
“But it still bothers me: why would Ally be unemployed and wearing Prada shoes?
”Being funny is the first criterion for comic actors, and somewhere down the list for comic actresses.
In the 2005 film “Just Friends,” she played a self-indulgent pop star named Samantha James, a character loosely based on Britney Spears.