“I felt like the girl that guys befriended to get close to my beautiful girlfriends,” she says. “When I finally did start to feel attractive, I went overboard. I started dressing in these tiny schoolgirl outfits. I liked getting attention, but I think I was expressing anger by showing my body. That’s why I didn’t have a lot of girlfriends in college.”

Faris, who divorced actor Ben Indra earlier this year, is now “seeing someone great,” disclosing only that he’s an actor. “I caught him the other night at a bar having a conversation with two girls,” she says. “I called him and he admitted it. I was annoyed at first, but then I realized, it’s cool. Most guys wouldn’t have answered the phone—and he deserves to feel attractive. So good for him . . . the fucker.”

That little kicker is telling, since comic timing is as much a part of her success as looks are. “It confuses people if you do comedy and you’re sexy, but I like to play with that,” she says. “We’re not programmed to think that pretty women can have interesting ideas.”

Now Faris is hanging with the coolest young comic minds in town—Seth Rogen (whom she’s starring opposite in Observe and Report, due next year), Judd Apatow, and company. They’re the sort of friends Faris knows she can learn from as she strives for career longevity. “To me, the one to watch is Betty White,” Faris says. “The woman’s been doing comedy for more than 60 years. I’d take some of that action.”