03/30/2012 10:02 am ET Updated Oct 11, 2012

Anna Faris Talks Tanning Horror Stories & Working With Sasha Baron Cohen on "The Dictator"

Anna Faris has been busy. With a slew of upcoming movies, including "The Dictator" and the fifth installment of "Scary Movie," she's also teamed up with Jergens on their latest campaign, The Places You'll Glow, which supports the Skin Cancer Foundation (you can see her story here). We recently sat down with "The House Bunny" star (who is alarmingly down to earth) to talk bad tans, a deep-seated love for the "Golden Girls" and how women in comedy are finally having their well-deserved moment.

On her past as a tan-aholic:
I grew up in Seattle, and the sun was rarely out. When I first moved to LA I couldn't get enough sun, I would lay out all the time. I kind of knew maybe I should put on my sunblock, but it wasn't part of my routine at all. Then I had a makeup artist tell me that my face was showing some sun damage. And she pointed out where, and I was like, man, that's not good. Then I started using self-tanners, but I was always really bad at it. I didn't exfoliate enough, or you know, apply it properly. Then a girlfriend of mine a few years back turned me on to Jergens Natural Glow. And for me, it's a perfect product because I could put it on every day. I don't have to worry about if it's going to being streaky. For my skin, anyone's skin really, it's really subtle. 

We're not kidding: she really loved to tan. 
I definitely tanned in tanning beds. I feel like one time when I was tanning, they had just changed the lower bulbs, but maybe not the upper bulbs, and so my back and my butt were so itchy and bright red. And with the self tanners, streaks all over. My armpits would get really orange. You got be careful with your hands, and the backs of knees...

On doing what most comedians would kill to do: work with Sasha Baron Cohen.
He never pulled pranks on me...I think he didn't want to scare me. But all of the scenes were pretty much improv. You just had no idea where the scene was going to go. We would be doing a scene where we were supposed to be working on the store that I run, then all of sudden he'd be like, trying to kill me. Or something crazy. It's universally offensive. 

On her funny women role models. 
Kristen Wiig, I'm just in awe of. Goldie Hawn. I grew up watching Carol Burnett. Judy Holliday. Lucille Ball, of course. I loved watching "Golden Girls." Crazy fan of Betty White. I feel like I predicted her comeback years ago, which is frustrating and satisfying all at the same time. I think right now it's such a great time for women in comedy. I think there was always the idea in Hollywood that women only wanted to see a certain type of woman. Now with movies like "Bridesmaids" and "Bad Teacher," hopefully we can dispel that notion. We can play women who are little more flawed. Like who I am. Like who we are.