Top Hollywood actor Chris Pratt is known the world over for his starring roles in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018), Passengers (2016), The Magnificent Seven (2016), Jurassic World (2015) and the two Guardians of the Galaxy movies released in 2014 and 2017.
The movie business is not often kind to Christians who speak openly of their faith, but sometimes they just have to listen. At the 2018 MTV Movie Awards, Chris shocked the audience with some humorous upfront advice as he laid his cards on the table. Among other things he told them, “God is real, God loves you and God wants the best for you.” *1
Raised in the state of Washington, USA, Chris had little ambition and few cares as a teenager. He dropped out of college during his first year and worked as a ticket salesman, a daytime stripper, and took on various casual jobs to pay his basic bills. Ending up homeless in Maui, Hawaii, Chris and his friends often slept rough, drank alcohol, and smoked weed to pass the time. Eventually, Chris found a better job as a waiter at the Bubba Gump Shrimp Company in Maui. It was here that actress and director Rae Dawn Chong discovered him in 1999 and cast him in the horror movie Cursed part 3, which was released the following year.
Chris was originally raised a Lutheran Christian. The foundation of Christian beliefs was still somewhere deep inside, but at this stage in his life they did not seem particularly relevant.
Although his first few years as an actor were a struggle, Chris eventually began to secure major roles. He hit the big time in 2014 when he was given lead roles in the two highest grossing movies of the year, The Leggo Movie and Guardians of the Galaxy, where he played ‘Star Lord’.
Hollywood generally has a cynical attitude towards Christians, but Chris had already found a place of acceptance before he returned to his faith. He married actress Anna Faris in 2009, and in 2012 their son Jack was born prematurely.
It was the preterm birth of Jack which brought both Chris and Anna into a close and ‘defining’ relationship with God.
Chris shared that they both began to pray fervently when Jack was born prematurely in 2012. Early birth can cause innumerable complications and they were naturally very concerned. But God answered their prayers. Chris says that the birth of Jack “really defined” his faith in the Christian God he had been taught about as a child. Speaking at the acceptance speech of his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2017, Chris said,
“I’m a man of faith and I believe that God works in mysterious ways and gives us signs and gifts in life, and those gifts oftentimes come in the form of people.”
Turning to his wife Anna, Chris said,
“I want to thank my wife Anna, please, I love you. You’ve given me so much. You gave me the greatest star in the galaxy in my little boy. I love him and I love you. We have bonded to make this molecule that is more important to me than air or water and without it, none of this means anything to me. And with every challenge, every day, week, month, decade, we become more and more bonded. You make me laugh like nobody else. You’re very caring and thank you for your trust and for your sacrifice and for your dedication and your heart. I will do my best to protect it and, in return, I’ll give you all of those things as well. You have my heart and my dedication, my trust. So yeah, without you, none of this would mean anything.”
Introducing her husband before his star was unveiled, Anna expressed how Chris had remained by her side when Jack was born prematurely.
“We had all these amazing things already – a beautiful home, great careers, and then this thing, this thing that tests us, more than anything else, comes into our lives and we were so worried.”
But God was able to use the thing that tests us to get through to Chris and Anna. The testing time became the lynchpin that secured their relationship with Jesus Christ and brought them into a strong and defining faith in God.
Chris remains committed to his faith as well as his acting career. He has worked for Jews for Jesus, a Christian outreach to Jewish people.
*1 For the full speech see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EihqXHqxri0
Photos: Chris Pratt at the 2018 Tokyo Premiere of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. Photo by Dick Thomas Johnson. Image file licensed under the Creative Commons 2.0 License.
Story by Ralph Burden