In New York magazine’s Fall Preview 2013 issue, on newsstands now, big-screen comic actress Anna Faris talks about making her first foray into TV with the new CBS comedy Mom. Here, Art Streiber offers a glimpse behind the scenes of his shoot with the expressive star as they collaborated on a multifaceted portrait concept to accompany the story…
“Anna Faris absolutely KILLED IT on our New York magazine shoot!
We kept the backdrops simple, the music cool and jazzy, the mood light, and the imagery graphic and expressive. Photography Director Jody Quon’s idea was to create a grid of different expressions for Anna, playing off the natural graphic qualities of her face and hair. As the Stan Getz channel played on Pandora, I led her through a number of thoughts and cues that illicited a multitude of expressions from Anna, each one, better than the next.
Anna told me the story of how the script for Mom just arrived at her house one day, unsolicited and unannounced, and her husband read it before she did. Apparently, after reading the first page, he turned to her and said, ‘You have to do this! This character is totally you!’
We had a blast together, discussing the pros and cons of celebrities and social media, and the shoot was over in no time… In fact, she told me that it was the most fun she’d ever had on a photo shoot, which is always great to hear!”
Thomas Alberty / design director
Jody Quon / photography director
Roxanne Behr / assistant photo editor