Faris was born on March 25, 1982, in Houston, Texas, the son of Katherine (née Miller) and Warren Stephen Faris. His family was working-class and lived in a small house in Houston; he moved to Ohio at age 12, where he attended a modeling agency in Cleveland. In 1999, Faris competed at the International Model and Talent Association. After graduating with honors from Padua Franciscan High School in 2000, he relocated to Los Angeles, California, to pursue his acting career.
Faris has also appeared in Sleepover with Alexa Vega in 2004. Faris was also nominated for the Young Actors Award at the 7th Annual Young Hollywood Awards in 2004. In 2007, Faris returned to work on three back-to-back films, Forever Strong, Never Back Down, and Brooklyn to Manhattan. Never Back Down was released on March 14, 2008, with the other two films also opening in 2008. Currently, Faris is starring in and producing The Glass Eye with his manager Dino May.
In 2008, he stripped for UK Cosmopolitan magazine for a good cause, benefiting his choice of awareness of pancreatic cancer. The same year, he produced and starred in a short film called Manifest Destiny.