The 41-year-old actress covers the May issue of Women’s Health and addresses her relationship with the 38-year-old actor, following their split last August after eight years of marriage. Faris says their “big goal is to protect Jack,” their 5-year-old son.
“What Chris and I try to do is to communicate openly. We reiterate that there aren’t rules to this,” she shares. “We have a lot of love and friendship, and our big goal is to protect Jack. I cherish my family, my close friends, my child — that makes the rest of it worth it.”
Second divorce aside (Faris was previously married to actor Ben Indra), the “Mom” star continues to believe in the magic of love.
“I love love! Like all of us, I need a sense of human connection and intimacy,” she confesses. “At the end of a workday, I feel exposed and kind of raw. I want to be with someone I can confess to, and who can confess to me.”
As for getting a boob job in her 30s, Faris says it was “f**king awesome.”
“I was always a negative-A cup, so when I was 30, I was getting a divorce [from Indra], I had just finished ‘House Bunny’, and I’d sold another movie, all of these new things were happening to me, so I got my breasts done,” she reveals. “It was f**king awesome.”
The actress adds that she never thought she would “do something like that,” due to being a “staunch feminist.”
“I never, ever thought I’d do something like that. I always thought plastic surgery was caving in to ‘the man,’ you know?” she says. “But it came down to a really simple thing: I wanted to fill out a bikini. What would that feel like? I’m still floored that I did it, because I am a staunch feminist. I kept thinking, ‘Am I betraying my own gender by doing this?'”
When it comes to getting plastic surgery or enhancing one’s appearance, Faris says that “people should be able to do whatever they want.”
“I wish that we were more supportive of each other,” she shares. “I think that people should be able to do whatever they want, whether it’s getting braces, bleaching their hair, getting extensions, getting a boob job, getting vaginal surgery, or getting a nose job.”
The star also dishes on what it was like to gain 70 pounds while pregnant, describing the experience as “incredible,” though her doctor didn’t exactly think so.
“When I was pregnant, I gained 70 pounds! I wish it was all in my belly, but it was on my arms, my thighs, my ass,” she recalls. “I remember at the time thinking, ‘This is incredible.’ I’d never enjoyed food more and I didn’t care. My vanity was completely tidal-waved by the need to just nourish this thing. Nothing was going to stop me! Finally, my doctor was like, ‘OK, you’re, uh, gaining at a pretty rapid pace.’ Well, yeah! For the first time in a long time, I had absolutely zero concern about my weight. It felt really good.”
When it comes to her fitness routine, Faris says she particularly enjoys hiking — a pastime she remembers from her childhood.
“I grew up in Washington, and my dad took us hiking in the mountains every weekend. I had a passion for it early on,” she says. “We weren’t allowed to bring friends, and I’m really grateful for that time because it forced me to have conversations with my parents and appreciate nature.”
The actress hopes to pass down those same values in Jack.
“I hope to instill that in my son… I think of hiking as my time to be alone and reflect,” Faris continues. “I love pushing my body, but I also love the solitude. It’s one of the few times in my week that I get to be by myself and think about things. Sometimes I listen to other podcasts and get inspiration from them.”
Faris also talks work, including her starring role in the “Overboard” remake.
“It was my sick-day movie and my favourite growing up,” she shares of the 1987 film starring Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell. “I’ve seen the original hundreds of times. How could I not do this movie?”
Watch below for more on the film, which hits theaters this May, and check out Faris’ Women’s Health interview when the magazine hits newsstands April 17.