If you’re a fan of the Scary Movie franchise, you may have found yourself wondering who played Cindy Campbell, the protagonist of the first four films. Well, wonder no more! The actress who portrayed Cindy in the first two installments was none other than Anna Faris.
Anna Faris – The Face Behind Cindy Campbell
Anna Faris was born on November 29th, 1976, in Baltimore, Maryland. She began her acting career in the late 90s, making appearances on shows like “King of the Hill” and “Friends” before landing her breakout role as Cindy Campbell in Scary Movie.
Her Role as Cindy Campbell
As Cindy Campbell, Faris played a parody of Neve Campbell’s character from Scream. She was the typical horror movie heroine – blonde, naive, and constantly finding herself in danger. However, she also had a comedic edge that made her a fan favorite.
Fun Fact: Anna Faris originally auditioned for the role of Buffy Gilmore in Scary Movie but ended up being cast as Cindy instead.
The Success of Scary Movie
Scary Movie was released in 2000 and became an instant hit. It went on to gross over $278 million worldwide and spawned three sequels. Faris reprised her role as Cindy in Scary Movie 2 before bowing out of the franchise.
- Scary Movie 3: Anna Faris did not appear in this film.
- Scary Movie 4: Anna Faris returned for a cameo appearance as Cindy Campbell.
- Scary Movie 5: Anna Faris declined to appear in this film.
Beyond Scary Movie
After her success in Scary Movie, Anna Faris went on to have a successful career in Hollywood. She starred in movies like The House Bunny and Just Friends, as well as the television series Mom.
Fun Fact: Anna Faris also provided the voice of Sam Sparks in the animated film Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.
Anna Faris may have moved on from playing Cindy Campbell, but her iconic role will always be remembered by fans of the Scary Movie franchise. Her comedic timing and charm made Cindy a beloved character, and it’s safe to say that the films wouldn’t have been the same without her.