Minnestota-born actor Chris Pratt married Maryland comedienne Anna Faris in 2009 in a match made in Hollywood. At the time, it seemed to be an exciting whirlwind of a romance – the stars eloped together to Bali, Indonesia, to tie the knot. But unfortunately, although the pair appeared to have a good run, their relationship did not last the course. You see, in August 2017, the couple announced that they were separating, and four months later official divorce papers were served. A dignified silence was observed by both parties, but when Pratt finally opened up about the whole situation, what he had to say was surprising.
Back when the now 38-year-old Pratt and Faris, now 41, first got together, the younger actor had not yet achieved the A-list Hollywood stardom which seems to define him now. The pair met in 2007 while working on the film Take Me Home Tonight, which ended up being both a box office and critical flop on its release in 2011. Nevertheless, the two leads’ onscreen romance turned into a real one and proved popular with their fanbase.
Bearing in mind that both stars enjoy a high profile in Tinsel Town, their courtship could be said to have been quite conventional. However, the wedding that followed took place under some pretty strange circumstances. Having eloped to Bali, both of them were struck down with bad food poisoning. And in May 2018 Faris spoke to the Irish Independent newspaper about what happened next. “I was looking for chicken broth on the room service menu and saw the hotel also did weddings. While still feverish, Chris said, ‘Let’s do it,’” the actress recalled. “So the staff found us some traditional Balinese clothes and a local priest. We had no idea what was going on, but we came back married.”
What’s more, in 2009 the press reported the marriage from Faris’ perspective, as she was definitely the hotter property at the time. “Anna Faris Is Married!” People magazine announced that August. “Anna Faris and her actor beau, Chris Pratt, now can say they’ve tied the knot.” A representative for the actress also confirmed to the periodical that, yes, the wedding had taken place on July 9, 2009.
Nonetheless, Pratt was soon to eclipse his new wife in the fame stakes. Around the time that the couple had said “I do,” the Minnestota man had just started playing Andy Dwyer in the TV sitcom Parks and Recreation. However, this comic role would lead him on to much bigger things. His performance as the lovable doofus Dwyer won Pratt a lot of critical praise. And soon enough, the actor was pushed forward to become a regular character on the successful series.
And Pratt’s professional accomplishment coincided with a much greater, more personal one. In 2012 he and Faris welcomed a son, Jack, into the world. “Anna Faris Welcomes a Baby Boy,” People declared in a headline, before going on to add that the baby had been born prematurely. Happily, however, Jack was soon out of danger, and his parents were able to breathe a sigh of relief.
While taking care of his new family and maintaining his acting duties on Parks and Recreation, Pratt auditioned for leading roles in films such as Star Trek and Avatar. But, despite his undoubted charisma, he unfortunately always lost out. The new dad apparently assumed that his weight was holding him back, and he took steps to shed some bulk. But then Pratt heard that Marvel Studios had begun looking for someone to star in its unusual new film, Guardians of the Galaxy.
James Gunn, director of the fantasy film, spoke later about the project’s casting process in a Facebook chat in September 2016. “I thought [Chris] was overweight at the time, and he seemed like a comedy guy, and he didn’t think he was the right person for the role,” Gunn related. “But he came in… and 20 seconds into his audition I’m like, ‘That’s the guy.’” And on its release in 2014, Guardians of the Galaxy proved to be a gargantuan hit, and the movie propelled Pratt straight on to the Hollywood A-list. More big films came quickly for the star, too, such as the following year’s Jurassic World and The Magnificent Seven remake in 2016. What’s more, Pratt managed to keep the weight off.
Unfortunately, the actor’s personal life was not shaping up so well. And on August 6, 2017, after eight years of marriage, news hit that Faris and Pratt had separated. The pair announced the sad fact via a joint statement released simultaneously on their social media accounts. “We tried hard for a long time,” it read. “Our son has two parents who love him very much and for his sake we want to keep this situation as private as possible moving forward. We still have love for each other, will always cherish our time together and continue to have the deepest respect for one another.”
Nonetheless, followers of the couple were absolutely devastated. “Anna Faris And Chris Pratt Have Separated And Love Is Dead,” a Buzzfeed headline lamented at the time. And Twitter just seemed to explode into a great sadness. “I have never cared about a celebrity breakup or divorce, but I am legit upset over Chris Pratt and Anna Faris separating,” one forlorn fan tweeted. But a tight-lipped Pratt and Faris appeared to do what they said they were going to and kept things utterly respectful and very private.
Or at least they seemed to, until one of them felt that an appropriate amount of time had passed. You see, in April 2018, while promoting the sequel Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Pratt finally opened up to celebrity magazine Entertainment Weekly. “Divorce sucks,” he said in the preview piece. Surely, something that his fans probably already knew. But there was more to come, and it was surprisingly reassuring.
Pratt continued, “At the end of the day, we’ve got a great kid who’s got two parents who love him very much.” Jack was five years old now, and evidently his dad was determined that divorce should not hold the boy back – or his parents come to that. The star said, “We’re finding a way to navigate this while still remaining friends and still being kind to one another. It’s not ideal, but yeah, I think both of us are actually probably doing better.”
Of course, it is not always the case that a couple finds themselves better friends after a divorce – but it can happen. And, encouragingly, it appears that Faris feels the exact same way. “We have a great relationship, we really do and we always have,” she said while appearing on a SiriusXM satellite radio show a few days later. “It’s always tough to envision your futures as one thing, but I think there’s a lot of love.”
But Faris also spoke a little about what had caused the relationship to break down in the first place. It seems that the unpredictability and the lack of privacy which come with celebrity had gotten to the star. “I think that it’s a lesson learned a little bit in terms of keeping relationships a little more private, potentially…” she said. “I pride myself on being a pretty open person, but I don’t know. It’s tough when you’re under the scrutiny…”
Needless to say, there had been a lot of speculation in the media about what exactly had broken Pratt and Faris up. Observers thought that it had probably been a number of factors – not least of which being Pratt’s sudden rise to fame – that had placed the couple’s relationship under strain. “Now that Chris is, like, a crazy huge movie star, going out is just a whole different thing. It’s just a whole different weird,” Faris complained to Us Weekly magazine in January 2016.
And it is fair to say that tabloid intrusions certainly did not help matters between the two. Indeed, when Pratt filmed a love scene with Jennifer Lawrence for 2016 film Passengers, rumors spread that the pair were practicing offscreen. Faris did not believe the gossip, but nonetheless it probably still hurt. “This has been blindsiding to us,” the actress told Us Weekly in August 2015. “We have an incredible relationship. It has been weirdly stinging.”
And Pratt’s Hollywood makeover from lovable slob to sexy superhero possibly caused some tension in the marriage as well. In 2015 the slimmed-down actor told GQ magazine that he had felt “unhealthy” and “rotten” when he was overweight. “But [Faris] was so okay with it. Probably in many ways preferred me that way,” Pratt said. “She doesn’t get to cook for me the way she used to. I was like a great pet fat guy.”
Nevertheless, one thing Faris was definitely not okay with was the internet reaction to the end of her marriage. “I had a little bit of a childish feeling of ‘Oh come on, f***ing grow up’ – a little anger… But that’s not fair either because I cultivated it,” she said on Dax Shepard’s Armchair Expert podcast in March 2018. “We intentionally cultivated the idea of like, ‘Look at this beautiful family,’ and there were so many moments that weren’t like that.”
But now it seems like Faris and Pratt really are doing what so many divorced couples probably wish that they could do. The pair have continued to co-parent their son, who appears to be a perfectly happy child. Indeed, whenever Jack shows up on Faris’ Instagram account, he is all smiles. Faris has admitted, however, that she would prefer her son not to go into acting. And, taking everything into consideration, it is perhaps obvious why she would feel that way.
Post-divorce, Pratt is still flying high in Hollywood. In 2018 alone he was in two huge movies, Avengers: Infinity War and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. Meanwhile, Faris played the lead in the film remake of the 1987 rom-com Overboard. Despite all they have been through, then, the future is still looking bright for both halves of one of Hollywood’s one-time golden couples.