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Anna Faris Reveals Her Favorite Music


Anna Faris, costar of this month’s Take Me Home Tonight, on the soundtrack to her life.

Name a song that you’ve listened to in the past 24 hours?
Best Coast’s “Boyfriend.” Isn’t [Bethany Cosentino] supposed to be the coolest person in the world right now?

What’s the first album you bought with your own money?
Whitney Houston. My first concert was supposed to be Whitney in Seattle, but I was doing a play that night. I was Scout in a production of To Kill a Mockingbird. That was probably my last dramatic role.

If you were to portray someone in a rock biopic, who would it be?
Karen O. I love the way she writhes onstage. Amy Winehouse would also be a blast and could lean towards the comedic.

What was the last concert you attended?
Grizzly Bear and Phoenix at the Hollywood Bowl.

Take Me Home Tonight is named after Eddie Money’s hit and set in the ’80s. What’s your favorite song from that decade?
Cyndi Lauper’s “Time After Time.” I must have been about eight or nine when I first heard “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun,” but this became my ballad. Romance, heartbreak — I knew it was all waiting for me down the line after “Time After Time.”

Is there a song that you associate with your first kiss?
I was embarrassingly old, like late 16, and I remember being enthralled with U2’s “With or Without You.” My first kiss ended up becoming my first relationship. Now this song reminds me of what an idiot I was. I blame it for those three years.

Do you recall what you were listening to the first time you smoked pot?
Freshman year of college I would hole up in my friend’s dorm room and get really stoned to early 311 albums. One afternoon, we got stuck in the elevator for, like, an hour, and the floor buttons lit up on three and 11. We freaked out. We thought for sure it was some kind of sign. I’m shocked that I graduated.

Name an album that’s guaranteed to get a person laid.
When I was falling for my husband, I was listening nonstop to Peter Bjorn and John’s Writer’s Block. It’s not necessarily a sexy album, but it was to me.

What song would you be happy never to hear again?
“Hotel California.” It goes on forever.

Whose music do you want played at your funeral?
Mahlathini and the Mahotella Queens. They’re a very infectious African band that inevitably gets played at Thanksgiving and Christmas when my family’s had too much wine. Suddenly, we’re pulling back the rug and dancing. I would like to think my funeral would be a celebration, although I don’t know how people could have a good time without me.

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