Me My­self and I: Chris Pratt

‘Af­ter this I’m go­ing back to be­ing the fat guy!’

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It’s fair to say that Chris Pratt has ex­pe­ri­enced ex­tra­or­di­nary suc­cess in his ca­reer over the last two years. Although he’d been work­ing steadily in TV as the tubby and love­able Andy in US show, Parks & Recre­ation, he was still fairly un­known world­wide un­til along came block­buster Guardians of The Gal­axy which pulled in around $800 mil­lion at the box of­fice. Be­fore he’d even had time to catch his breath, Chris went on to film record-break­ing and wildly suc­cess­ful Juras­sic World. The 36-year-old is now a bon­afide megas­tar! Chris has been very open about how he had to get a buff new body (he lost over 70 pounds!) in or­der to pro­pel him­self to ac­tion star sta­tus. Here, the fa­ther of one tells us all about his mar­riage to com­edy ac­tress Anna Faris, his rise to fame and be­ing ob­jec­ti­fied by his new ‘hunk sta­tus’...

Peo­ple have al­ways un­der­es­ti­mated me, and I would in­ten­tion­ally let them...

I was pretty good at low­er­ing peo­ple’s ex­pec­ta­tions by this ‘aw shucks’ dummy at­ti­tude. It was my to­tal sur­vival mech­a­nism in life from an early age and I re­ally honed it when I be­came a door-to-door sales­man. I was the guy who was too adorable to say no to. It was my per­sona as a young stand-up co­me­dian. So I de­vel­oped my win­ning for­mula: the slightly dim-wit­ted but charm­ing guy. Im­me­di­ately you’d let down your de­fences be­cause you’re like, ‘Oh, what’s the worst that could hap­pen with this young lit­tle dummy?’ And that led to some roles!

Be­ing a big­ger guy never af­fected my TV suc­cess...

I pri­mar­ily have had my ca­reer in com­edy, and that is some­thing that I have never been too con­cerned about be­cause I know there is re­ally no room for van­ity in com­edy. Com­edy comes from pain and it is a lot eas­ier to em­pathize with some­body who is out of shape.

I wasn’t al­ways a big guy...

I put on weight be­cause I’d fallen in love with a woman [wife, Anna] who loved to feed her man. We were drink­ing a lot of wine and hav­ing fun. I was her lit­tle Hansel out in the woods and she was fat­ten­ing me up to put me in the fire. It was like Momma Bear and Papa Bear. She would eat a lit­tle bit, I would eat all of mine and the rest of hers.

It’s fun eat­ing all the bad stuff, but it comes with con­se­quences...

The hunky star of Juras­sic World and Guardians of The Gal­axy says that life has never been bet­ter...

Ev­ery­thing about my spirit was dull. I didn’t feel great, and I think peo­ple will re­late to that. I was

im­po­tent, fa­tigued and emo­tion­ally de­pressed. I had real health is­sues that were af­fect­ing me in a ma­jor way. It’s bad for your heart, your skin, your sys­tem, your spirit.

Since I lost all the weight, I’m sud­denly be­ing ob­jec­ti­fied as a ‘hunk’...

I think it’s OK, I don’t feel ap­palled by it. I think it’s ap­palling that for a long time only women were ob­jec­ti­fied, but I think if we re­ally want to ad­vo­cate for equal­ity, it’s im­por­tant to even things out. Not ob­jec­tify women less, but ob­jec­tify men just as of­ten as we ob­jec­tify women. There are a lot of women who got ca­reers out of it, and I’m us­ing it to my ad­van­tage. And at the end of the day, our bod­ies are ob­jects. We’re just big bags of flesh and blood and meat and or­gans that God gives us to drive around.

I don’t think I’m go­ing to stay this fit for­ever...

I can tell that peo­ple are mo­ti­vated by my trans­for­ma­tions, and that feels re­ally good. But ev­ery­one should know when the movie star stuff is over, I might go back to be­ing the fat guy. My wife wants a pizza oven – she’s go­ing to learn how to bake bread, and I’m go­ing to eat it. I love the health ben­e­fits of ex­er­cis­ing, and I have a kid now. By ex­er­cis­ing, you re­ally can add 20, 30 years to your life. But you gotta live too, so hope­fully I’ll find a nice bal­ance.

Anna and I got mar­ried six years ago and it’s still a to­tal dream...

That’s where I’m truly pinch­ing my­self, be­cause that’s not fic­tion. I’m like, ‘Oh my God, my wife isi re­al­lyll cool,l re­al­lyll h hot,t andd re­ally funny, oh my God, what hap­pened?’ I just want to know what ter­ri­ble things hap­pened in my pre­vi­ous life that gave me the for­tune to have this hap­pen. I’ve had those mo­ments where I was just the guy hold­ing the purse at events and peo­ple just looked right through me... Ac­tors came up and just bla­tantly hit on my wife in front of me and didn’t even look at me. I’m like ‘What the f**k, dude?’ I can think of ex­actly who they are, too, and I hope they f**king au­di­tioned for Guardians of the Gal­axy.

But fun­nily enough, af­ter I did Guardians, ev­ery­thing changed... I re­ally feel like meet­ing Anna was the big­gest bless­ing in my life...

Anna is a great wife and she gave me a won­der­ful son and a fam­ily of in-laws that I truly love. Anna and I are meant to be to­gether. Our re­la­tion­ship has made me be­lieve in di­vine in­ter­ven­tion and des­tiny, just as much as my crazy ca­reer and the way I fell into this life.

Be­fore this new fame, I was used to be­ing in­vis­i­ble on red car­pets with my wife...

Pro­duc­ers and stu­dio peo­ple now who will come up to me and treat me the same way that they were treat­ing Anna. They’re like, ‘I al­ways knew’... I’m like, ‘Is that right? That’s in­ter­est­ing, be­cause you f**king stared right through me the last time’...

Anna Faris, Chris adores his comedic ac­tress wife, The House Bunny known for her roles in Scream and Chris and Anna have a 2-year-old son named Jack

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