Our family has been fans of Chris Pratt since the days on Parks and Recreation. He’s always been really good at improv and he’s a local. I’ve been lucky enough to interview him a few times over the years, starting with Delivery Man and he just continues to grow on me. His generosity for his community is amazing. Which brings me to my favorite answer in our interview with Chris Pratt.
Christ Pratt on giving back to the community….
I actually credit Russell Wilson. I think I saw how he did it, and I was like, this guy’s awesome. Like, he’s open with his faith. He is a superstar quarterback, and, you know, I have a pretty healthy and not that secret man crush on him.………I saw how he did it, and what he did up at Seattle Children’s Hospital.
And, I remember around the time that I got Guardians of the Galaxy. I remember thinking to myself like, if this thing does what it could potentially do, and there’s a world where it would mean something for me to go do that, I’ll definitely do it, you know? And I, and I follow, and I get that from Russell Wilson, but I think if I credit Russell Wilson, he wouldn’t take the credit. He’d give the glory to god, he would say that.……you know, his faith that. So, I think it’s the same kind of thing. I really love how he does it, and I have to credit some of that with him.
Thanks for asking me that question. That’s a good question. I know Anna gets asked that question all the time, and she’s like, “How come no one ever asks you that question?”……..ask the lady that question. That’s a good question. I, you know, I think it’s not easy….It’s real, a lot of, you know, just communication. We have help. We have to just plan everything. You know, you manage it by just making sure everyone is doing what they need to be doing. You check in with everyone. And I have like a staff of people who work for me, you know, and it’s their jobs to make sure that I’m not spending, ‘cause if I did, do all the administration in my life, I’d never have time to do anything, ‘cause it’s, like I told Alison, my publicist, I’m like a parcel. Like, I don’t even travel, I just get shipped everywhere. You know? And, so like I can’t, I don’t do any of that stuff. So, I just focus on what I can do. But I think you don’t have to be present to be a presence, and, you know, with technology now, Facetime, little tricks, little things like that. Checking in every day, and, you know, nurturing your relationship with your spouse, and not making it just about the kids is important.
DATING YOUR SPOUSE IS SO IMPORTANT
Like we were just in London, and I hadn’t seen them in a while, but they got to come visit me, and stay with me for a few weeks. But we took a weekend trip for ourselves to go to Paris, and left Jack behind. And as much as we were, when we were there we’re like, “God, it’d be really fund if Jack was here.” It was good for us to be out there by ourselves, and do that. So, I think just like prioritize, and work on, make lists, and probably you’re gonna fail. Some of the time, you know? Do your best.
Now what all of you have been waiting for…..
ALL ABOUT Star-Lord
without sharing any spoilers I can tell you that Star-Lord finds his dad. I can also tell you that as an actor he had to portray a very strong anger, he expressed a lot of emotions in Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 and he did a great job. Chris Pratt said that for him anger is something he doesn’t do naturally so this was a challenge…
That was, that’s something that for me as an actor is one of the hardest things for me to do, is channel anger, because I do it so rarely in my real life. Not saying that that’s healthy. Don’t really do it that often. And so, I think often times like, you know, how we behave in the real world is, that type of behavior’s really easy to do as an actor, for me at least, real natural stuff…………….
But for me to like look someone in the eye and yell at ‘em, and tell them what they did to me, that they wronged me, that I’m pissed off, that type of thing is not something I do that often. So, it’s hard for me to, it was hard for me to get there. And when you can’t like use just the natural empathy for your character that you’re playing, this character that you love and you have to have empathy for them, and then you feel their emotions. Because, you know, if that doesn’t work to get you there, you have to rely on some sort of tricks to work rather from the inside out, but from the outside in……And I think that’s what I had to do in that scene. So, it was actually not as emotional for me as it was kinda practical. Like creating a center, creating a loud voice, you know, finding. James really helps me with that stuff, and, you know, it’s just a lot about energy, and, you know, heightening your energy, and grounding it, and being direct. That’s something that doesn’t come that natural to me.
Of course he also talked about working with Kurt Russell, how could he not. Kurt has been acting since before I was born……..
Ah man, everyone on my team, everyone who’s been hanging out with him, they’re either just like, “He’s such a great dude.” And, he really is, man.……You know, I’ve heard a few people say like, “It really feels like you guys could be father and son.” We share a lot of the same passions. He’s a really cool guy. He’s a really open book. Definitely know where you stand with him. He tells ya, he tells it like it is. And, I really like that……And, you know, obviously he’s like this iconic dude, who I’ve known about him for decades before he ever knew I existed. And so, there’s always that strange moment when you meet someone and you’re a big fan, ……….you feel like you have to tell him, because otherwise you try to build a friendship and it’s a little inauthentic, you know? You just say, “Listen, I have to get this part out of the way, but I love you so much……..Oh, you’re the best. You’re the best. You’ve always been the best.” And he goes, “Yeah, I know. Thanks.”
There’s more to tell you but my lips are sealed from this moment on. Go buy your tickets and see Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 in theaters May 5th.