Video: A Chat with Allison and Anna
Premieres Monday 9/23 at 9:30 p.m.
MOM is a comedy from executive producer Chuck Lorre starring Anna Faris as Christy, a waitress at a posh Napa Valley establishment who is four months clean and doing her best to be a good mom and overcome a history of questionable choices. Her sobriety is tested when her recovering alcoholic mom, Bonnie, played by Emmy Award winner Allison Janney, reappears chock-full of passive-aggressive insights into Christy's many mistakes. Bonnie joins Christy's already complicated circle of relationships: her handsome, married boss - and lover - Gabriel; the restaurant's hot-tempered chef, Rudy; her pretty, 16-going-on-25-year-old daughter, Violet; her sweet but overly honest son, Roscoe; her irresponsible ex and Roscoe's father, Baxter; and Violet's clueless boyfriend, Luke. Christy tries to remain positive as she pursues her new path in life, but she faces an uphill battle, surrounded by a dubious support system - and a copious amount of dysfunction.
Anna Faris is perhaps best-known for her comedic roles in the "Scary Movie" film franchise. Most recently, she starred opposite Sasha Baron Cohen in "The Dictator" and in "What's Your Number," a romantic comedy that she executive produced.
Faris produced and starred in the hit film "The House Bunny," in the leading role of "Shelley Darlington." The project was hatched from an original idea by Faris and she collaborated with the writers of "Legally Blonde" on the script.
Faris also co-starred in the Academy Award-nominated film "Lost in Translation." Faris' additional feature films include "I Give It A Year," "Observe & Report," "Brokeback Mountain," "Smiley Face," "Yogi Bear," "Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs," "Alvin & The Chipmunks: The Squeakquel," "Take Me Home Tonight," "Mama's Boy," "Just Friends," "Waiting," "Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel" and "Scary Movie," "Scary Movie 2," "Scary Movie 3" and "Scary Movie 4." Next, she will star in "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2," where she will reprise her animated role as "Sam Sparks" from the original.
On television, Faris has had recurring roles on "Entourage" portraying herself, and on the final season of "Friends," playing the surrogate for Monica and Chandler's twins.
Faris started acting in theater at a young age. Originally from Seattle, Faris lives in Los Angeles. Her birth date is Nov. 29.
Bonnie in MOM
In addition to starring in MOM this fall, Emmy Award winner Allison Janney will guest star in the new cable series "Masters of Sex." Also, she has several upcoming film projects, including "The Way, Way Back," "Touchy Feely," "Trust Me" and "Bad Words." Additionally, she is lending her voice to the animated film "Mr. Peabody & Sherman." Recently, she appeared in "The Oranges," "Liberal Arts" and "Struck By Lightning."
Janney co-starred in the Academy Award-nominated film "The Help," for which the cast won ensemble awards from the Screen Actors Guild, National Board of Review and the Broadcast Film Critics.
Janney appeared in the Oscar-winning ensemble hit "Juno," and in the movie version of the Tony Award-winning play "Hairspray." For her role in "Life During Wartime," she was nominated for Best Supporting Actress by the Spirit Awards. She also appeared in "Away We Go," "Strangers with Candy," and was heard as the voice of "Gladys" in the animated film "Over the Hedge," as well as "Peach" in "Finding Nemo."
Janney received another Spirit Award nomination for her work in the independent feature "Our Very Own," and starred opposite Meryl Streep in "The Hours," which received a SAG Award nomination for Outstanding Ensemble Cast in a Motion Picture. Other feature credits include the Academy Award-winning film "American Beauty" (for which she won a SAG Award for Outstanding Ensemble Cast in a Motion Picture), "Nurse Betty," "How to Deal," "Drop Dead Gorgeous," "10 Things I Hate About You," "Primary Colors," "The Ice Storm," "Six Days Seven Nights," "The Object of My Affection" and "Big Night."
Janney is perhaps best known for her starring role as White House Press Secretary CJ Cregg in the television series "The West Wing," for which she won four Emmy Awards and four SAG Awards.
While she was a freshman studying acting at Kenyon College in Ohio, Janney auditioned for Paul Newman. Soon after, Newman and his wife Joanne Woodward suggested she study at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York. She followed their advice and went on to make her Broadway debut in Noel Coward's "Present Laughter," for which she earned the Outer Critics Circle Award and Clarence Derwent Award. Also, she appeared in Arthur Miller's "A View from the Bridge," receiving her first Tony Award nomination and winning the Outer Critics Circle Award. Janney was last seen on Broadway in the musical "9 to 5," for which she earned a Tony Award nomination and won the Drama Desk Award.