"I don't look like I'm crying, I look like I've been punched in the face," James Corden joked of using a tear stick

By Lindsay Kimble
Updated November 11, 2015 12:55 PM

Ever wonder how actors achieve those perfect tears on cue? Well, Anna Faris is here to solve the mystery.

During an appearance on The Late Late Show on Tuesday, the Mom actress shared her secret with host James Corden and fellow guest Joshua Jackson: tear sticks.

“I have a lot of trouble crying, in my normal life. It’s actually – it’s a little bit weird,” Faris, 38, revealed, later adding, “I do every once in a while use the actor’s secret … there is a trick.”

The star said a tear stick is a menthol crystal used to blow into the eye.

“It’s kind of like Vick’s VapoRub for your eyeball,” she explained.

While Jackson – who is currently starring on The Affair – said he typically tries to avoid using the stick, he gave it a try.

After all three had used the device, Corden’s eyes almost immediately began to well up.

“I don’t look like I’m crying, I look like I’ve been punched in the face,” Corden, 37, said, complaining of his temporary blindness.

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“You look so sad – what’s wrong?” Faris joked in response.

As Corden feigned a big sob (“Just can’t believe you guys have come to see me!”), a single tear drop rolled dramatically down his cheek.

“This is the perfect movie star tear going right now,” Jackson said excitedly.

Despite the hilarious scene, both stars still contended that showing emotion on cue is never fun.

“Crying sucks,” Jackson said. “It’s just miserable.”