14/08/2014 16:54 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 10:12 BST

Anna Faris Talks About The Pressure On Teens

Anna Faris plays Sam Sparks in Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2, a plucky but geeky heroine who had to hide her smarts during the first film, but gets to show them off in the sequel.

Can Anna relate to this?

Anna, mum to one-year-old son Jack, laughs. "I've never had to dumb down. I'm just a blonde actress. When I had dark hair, people treated me very differently.

"People assumed that I was more intelligent, and that as a blonde, people think that I'm friendlier."

Now Anna, 36, couldn't care less, but as a teenager she was a bundle of angst about how people perceived her. She says: "It's funny. I do think that it's something that women struggle with. As a teenager, it seems there's pressure to be viewed as harmless, and it's unfortunate, but I think all women feel a little bit of that."

Not her character Sam Sparks, though. "She's great, a role model," says Anna. "She's smart, and she's independent, and kind and loyal, and she's an adventurer. I love all those parts. I think she's the most sane character I've ever played."

'Cloudy 2 picks up where we left off the first time around, with inventor Flint Lockwood's genius finally being recognised, but potentially used to evil gain by his great idol, the stunning Chester V. It's always been Flint's dream to be praised as a great inventor, but everything changes when he discovers that his most infamous machine (which turns water into food) is still operating and is now creating food-animal hybrids – "foodimals!"

With the fate of humanity in his hands, Chester sends Flint and his friends on a dangerously delicious mission, battling hungry tacodiles, shrimpanzees, apple pie-thons, double bacon cheespiders and other food creatures to save the world again.

It's a cracking film for adults and children both - as Anna explains, "it's witty and clever and absurd and little bit weird."

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2' is in UK cinemas from today.