Anna Faris Admires Fellow Moms Reese Witherspoon and Kristen Bell: ’They Combine Humor With Raising Kids’

Anna Faris visits Build to discuss her podcast 'Unqualified' in New York City.
Anna Faris visits Build to discuss her podcast 'Unqualified' in New York City. Desiree Navarro/WireImage

Anna Faris has a mom crush on Kristen Bell and Reese Witherspoon.

“I like how they combine humor with raising kids, but also how they tackle motherhood and work without being pretentious,” the 41-year-old tells Us Weekly. Faris, who shares Jack, 5, with ex-husband Chris Pratt, especially appreciated Bell and Witherspoon’s honesty about the ups and downs of raising kids when she first became a parent. In opening up about their mistakes, they made Faris feel less alone. “The first few years,” says Faris, “I was like, ‘Oh, my God. Everyone else seems to know exactly what to do and I don’t.’”

Anna Faris and Reese Witherspoon attend the 87th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, California.
Anna Faris and Reese Witherspoon attend the 87th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, California. Christopher Polk/Getty Images

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The Mom star admits she is “still figuring things out” and struggles with self-doubt. “I question every single thing, like, ‘Oh, I shouldn’t have changed lanes,’ or ‘Why don’t I have hand sanitizer?’ and ‘I should have applied more sunblock,” she tells Us. “There’s just so much pressure for parents and it’s tough to let yourself off the hook and be like, ‘You know what? He’s happy. It’s OK.”

Anna Faris and Kristen Bell attend the Taste of Chocolate party at Four Seasons Resort Maui in Wailea, Hawaii.
Anna Faris and Kristen Bell attend the Taste of Chocolate party at Four Seasons Resort Maui in Wailea, Hawaii. John Shearer/WireImage

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Faris says she felt a major shift when her son turned 5. Suddenly, things just got easier. “I just get such a kick out of him now. He does weird things,” she tells Us. “The other day we were at a restaurant and he ate fie balls of butter just by himself. My friends were a little bit horrified . . . but it was just one of those funny things where I was thinking, ‘That’s my kid! He’s hysterical!’”

Anna Faris, Chris Pratt and their son Jack attend the ceremony honoring Chris Pratt with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on April 21, 2017 in Hollywood, California.
Anna Faris, Chris Pratt and their son Jack attend the ceremony honoring Chris Pratt with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on April 21, 2017 in Hollywood, California. Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic

While Jack enjoys snacking on butter packets (and fried oysters when he’s with his grandparents!), Faris never leaves home without a KIND protein bar. “I’m so busy so and for me the challenge is finding time to sit down and eat,” Faris, who partnered with the snack brand, tells Us. “That’s why I love KIND bars so much!”

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