Chris Pratt has that certain something that draws people in. For proof, look no further than the way he got into acting. “I was working in a restaurant in Maui and this director came up to me and said, ‘You’re cute. Do you want to act?’ ” he remembers.
Audiences, too, have long been privy to Pratt’s charms, thanks to his swoonworthy turn as Bright Abbott on Everwood. But what people may not have realized was just how funny Pratt is — that is, until he started stealing scenes on NBC’s Parks and Recreation, now in its third season. This month, Pratt shows off more of his silly side in the big-screen comedy Take Me Home Tonight.
“It’s very much an ’80s movie with the bad music, the bad haircuts — all of it,” says the 31-year-old Minnesota native. “I grew up with that, so for me, it’s classic. And this is the movie I met my wife on, so it holds a special place in my heart.”
His wife is actress Anna Faris, who has tickled funny bones in The House Bunny and the Scary Movie franchise. But finding quality time together while balancing his TV gig and their dual moviemaking careers hasn’t been easy. “One week you’re home; the next you could be in Bulgaria,” says Pratt, who films Parks and Recreation in L.A. when he’s not off shooting movies like the September baseball drama Moneyball. Luckily for the couple, they’ve occasionally been able to work together, as they did on Tonight and again on What’s Your Number?, which will hit theaters this fall. Pratt says the experience of shooting Number, in which he dons a fat suit, was eye opening for his wife.
“It was six hours in the makeup chair,” he says of the transformation. “Anna got to see what she has to look forward to. She’s still sticking around, though. That’s saying a lot.”