The star of The Magnificent Seven told Parade he’s stepping back from a glittering career to build forts and braid hair.
When an actor explodes into popularity the way Chris Pratt did after the wild success of The Lego Movie, far too often marriage and parenting take a backseat to the fame and all the new projects that come with it. But Pratt’s role as a husband and father continues to be the one that matters most to him.
With films like The Magnificent Seven (costarring Denzel Washington) and Passengers poised to hit theaters this week and later this year respectively, Pratt’s schedule could be filled with non-stop press events, interviews and late-night talk show appearances. But after working on three films in a row, the husband of actress Anna Farris, and dad to Jack, three, is now putting time with his family before time with his fans. Pratt recently told Parade he’s taking the next six months off to spend time on the San Juan islands, where the family has a home. He’s specifically looking forward to spending some quality time with his son. “We’re going to go back to the fort we built about a month and a half ago when we went for a short visit and see if that’s still there,” he said. “If not, we’re going to build it again.”
Fort-building may seem like a pretty tame pastime for a big Hollywood star, but Pratt often reminds us that love doesn’t require grand gestures. Whether he’s teaching his son to fish or braiding his wife’s hair before bed, Pratt’s approach to being a family man is a refreshing one that’s not often seen among those in the movie industry. It’s comforting to see that even among the rich and famous, the same small rituals we do with our own children and spouses are what can bring the most joy.
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In fact, even though the action hero characters he plays in movies seem like they can take on anything without breaking a sweat (like that giant Indomimus Rex in Jurassic World) out here, in real life, Pratt’s not a hero, he’s just a man trying to make his marriage work. He recently admitted to Entertainment Tonight that “I have heard some people say ‘Don’t go to bed mad.’ I think that is garbage. Sometimes you’ve got to go to bed mad,” Pratt said. “But at least touch toes, you know what I mean? At least touch toes. ‘We will deal with it later. I think I am going to get some sleep,’ and touch toes.” In a world where Hollywood couples seem to break up on a whim, Pratt’s acknowledgment about having times when he’s mad at his wife—but still wants her to know that he loves her—gives us hope that true love in L.A. is possible. Any married couple can relate to those moments of being frustrated but also wanting your spouse to still know you care.
Anna Faris and Chris Pratt at the premiere of Jurassic World on June 2015 in Hollywood. Jason LaVeris | FilmMagic
It can be tempting to look at the lives of celebrities and think that their glittering world is both perfect and vastly better than our own. As Pratt takes a break from the Hollywood limelight in favor of spending time with his wife and child it’s a reminder that our own lives are full of blessings that we might not always see—that the simple, small moments we get to spend with each other are the times we should cherish most off all.
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