Chris Pratt has really skyrocketed to fame, but it wasn’t exactly smooth sailing to get to that point.
Reflecting on his high school days, the 37-year-old dished about how his football background actually helped with his acting:
“I don’t think anything will ever take its place. The competition, the team. You get a little bit of that in acting. You get it with action films. You have to train, be in shape. I think I learned more about how to handle myself as an actor playing sports than I ever did in theater.”
But, he revealed his big brother Cully Pratt was a huge inspiration in everything he did, and actually first sparked his interest in drama:
“One Christmas, he was in a play, a musical, and sang, and it knocked everyone’s socks off. My mom was crying. And I was like, ‘That’s what I want to do.'”
And, the Passengers alum recalled a job he once had selling coupons, saying it served as training for auditions and rejection:
“I was selling coupons for things like oil changes or trips to a spa. I was great at that.”
Plus, that career move really reinforced his thoughts on religion:
“That’s why I believe in God and the divine. I feel like it was perfectly planned. People talk about rejection in Hollywood. I’m like, ‘You’re outta your f*ckin’ mind. Did you ever have someone sic their dog on you at an audition?'”
He feels the divine intervention continued when he caught the attention of Tommy Chong‘s daughter, Rae Dawn Chong, while working at a restaurant in Hawaii.
Thanks to her, he auditioned for a comedy called Cursed Part 3, and nabbed the lead role.
While Chris admitted the movie was “the worst movie [he]’d ever seen,” it ultimately scored him a manager. So, he believes that was all part of a higher plan for his fame:
“The whole reason that movie came along was just so I could be brought to Hollywood.”
Read on for more HIGHlights (below):
On his brother keeping him from enlisting in the military: “He ended up going into the army and told me not to. I think he saw something in me. I was a peculiar kid. I was very much an individual and happy to be an individual. I dressed funny and was comfortable in my own skin. I don’t know. I never did ask him why.”
On his dad’s MS: “He was beyond wanting to accept help. If left untreated, it can be devastating, and he left it untreated. For a couple of years he had symptoms, I think, but didn’t say anything. Every once in a while he’d wear an eye patch and say he got something in his eye at work, but it was because he had double vision.”
On working at Bubba Gump Shrimp restaurant: “I was Gumper of the year. They gave me the award. I got my name on a plaque. It was the kind of place that . . . Did you ever see the movie Waiting . . . ? Anna [Faris]‘ in that movie, and she’s great. Or Office Space? Did you ever see that? You know how [Jennifer Aniston] can’t handle the fuckin’ flair? Well, I was a monster with the flair.”
On almost passing on Guardians of the Galaxy: “Guardians had come around, and I passed. James Gunn [the director] passed on me, too. When they announced it, I looked it up and saw a list of the top 20 dudes in Hollywood who might play Peter Quill. I was not on that list. I did not want to go in and embarrass myself. My agent said, ‘Guardians is everything you’ve been saying you want to do.’ I said, ‘F*ck, you’re right.’
On advice he received from Jim Carrey: “There’s going to be a point in life where you’re going to have to prove that your family is more important to you than show business.”
[Image via Mark Seliger/Vanity Fair.]