Chris Pratt and Anna Faris were one of Hollywood’s most beloved pairings. But when the couple unexpectedly called time on their marriage of eight years, the sad news broke a lot of fans’ hearts. But after the announcement was made, neither ex elaborated further on the split – until now. Yes, Faris has broken her silence, and what the actress said seems to reveal a new side to her relationship with the Guardians of the Galaxy star.
Perhaps not many couples in modern-day Hollywood were quite as good together as Pratt and Faris. Separate from their individual achievements in film and TV, the two also came across as quite down-to-earth people. This is a rare quality in their chosen field, and one which was admired by their many fans.
The pair had first met when they both went to read for the comedy movie Take Me Home Tonight in 2007; the Michael Dowse-directed project also had the duo romantically linked for their roles. Pratt and Faris seemingly adopted the method-acting approach to their parts, though, since the on-screen lovers became a real-life couple too.
Then, after dating for a few months, Pratt and Faris got engaged towards the end of 2008. However, during a stay at a hotel on the Indonesian island of Bali in July the following year, the pair found that they couldn’t wait any longer to be married. Noticing on a menu that the hotel did weddings, the betrothed couple gave in to their impulses and got hitched then and there.
After that, the two actors added a supporting boy to their cast; in August 2012 they welcomed their son, Jack, into the world. But their joint production didn’t come without some worrying moments. Jack was a premature birth, and as such the baby spent some time in a neonatal intensive care unit.
Speaking at a March of Dimes Celebration of Babies charity event in 2014, Pratt recalled holding his son while the child was in intensive care. He told the LA audience, “I made promises in that moment about what kind of dad I wanted to be, and I just prayed that he’d live long enough that I could keep them.”
For whatever reasons, however, things began to break down in Pratt and Faris’ relationship. This culminated in the Hollywood couple announcing their separation. And to convey the heartbreaking news, they released a joint statement on their split decision.
Shared on Pratt’s Facebook page, the message read, “Anna and I are sad to announce we are legally separating. We tried hard for a long time, and we’re really disappointed. 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.”
The statement rather sweetly went on to say, “We still have love for each other, will always cherish our time together and continue to have the deepest respect for one another.” The separation caught some observers by surprise, however, as the two were generally considered to make up one of the industry’s most enduring couples.
But while the Pratt-Faris split seemingly came out of nowhere for many, there has inevitably been some speculation as to why they chose to break up. Some Hollywood watchers believe that the relationship may have been put under strain thanks to the level of stardom Pratt has attained in recent years. The former television actor has become a hot commodity in Tinseltown after having starred in major blockbuster movies such as Guardians of the Galaxy in 2014 and Jurassic World in 2015.
Rumors also circulated in 2016 that Pratt was cheating on Faris with Jennifer Lawrence, his co-star in Passengers. But in an interview given to Us Weekly while Pratt and Faris were still together, the female half of the couple admitted that the accusations were hurtful.
While talking to the magazine, Faris admitted, “[The allegation] stung a little bit harder than I thought it would. I had always kind of believed that part of the rumors of celebrity couples were sort of true, because they had never been part of my life. I was like, ‘Oh, maybe there’s a kernel of truth to that.’”
In another very open answer, Faris stated, “It’s been a little devastating because for us, it’s like, ‘What the heck?’ This has been blindsiding to us. We have an incredible relationship. It has been weirdly stinging.” However, besides the joint statement, not much else has been revealed about her and Pratt’s split. Until now, that is…
During an episode of the actress’ podcast Unqualified, the Scary Movie star showed gratitude to her fans for their support. She told them, “Hey, dear listeners, I just want to thank you all so much for all the love I’ve been receiving. And I truly love you.”
The statement made during Faris’ podcast marked the first time that she had spoken publicly since the sad joint announcement. However, the actress apparently made a more spontaneous commentary on the split when a caller asked for relationship advice.
Empathizing with the fan’s dilemma, Faris made a direct reference to her own experience. She said, “I made that mistake, I think, a little bit, like feeling like I’m checking my relationship off the list.” The star went on to add, “And that would be the final piece of advice I could give you… know your worth, know your independence, know that you’re young and there are so many people out there.”
Wise words from the seasoned performer, who seemed to be drawing on personal lessons learned in her relationship with Pratt. However, Faris still made sure to let the caller know that time is precious and one shouldn’t be romantically involved with a person just for the sake of it.
Faris added to the individual, “Life is too short for you to be in relationships where you’re not feeling like this isn’t fully right, or somebody doesn’t have your back, or somebody doesn’t fully value you.” Quite the provocative statement, given that it may be interpreted as a comment on the reason for Faris’ own separation.
Meanwhile, Pratt is still to discuss the couple’s divorce. The Guardians of the Galaxy star attended the Teen Choice Awards in Los Angeles in August 2017. There, he scooped up the Choice Movie Actor – Sci-Fi award. However, he made no mention of Faris in his acceptance speech.
Furthermore, Tinseltown tittle-tattle has it that both Pratt and Faris are back on the dating scene again. Perhaps, though, because their child will connect the pair for the rest of their lives, the former couple seem to be dealing with the aftermath of their breakup in a relatively civilized manner.
In addition, the actors have also gotten back to what they do best. Pratt has two big movies slated for release in 2018: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom and Avengers: Infinity War. In the meantime, Faris is returning to her starring role in the smash TV sitcom Mom. So even though fans loved Pratt and Faris together, they can certainly still love them apart.
And Pratt has since moved on. When he and Katherine Schwarzenegger began dating in 2018, it was the start of a whirlwind romance. The pair tied the knot barely a year into their relationship, in fact – and only months after Pratt had finalized his divorce from Faris. Then just ten months into married life, the Guardians of the Galaxy star and his new bride had yet another huge announcement to make – one that surprised fans of the loved-up couple, too.
Yes, it’s fair to say that things moved fast between Pratt and Schwarzenegger. Mere months after their courtship began in the summer of 2018, the two announced their engagement. Then in early June 2019 the actor and his fiancée celebrated their wedding – a fairytale affair that took place in Montecito, California.
And less than a year later, Pratt and Schwarzenegger stunned fans yet again with another life-changing admission. Still, perhaps the news shouldn’t have come as too much of a surprise, as swift moves have practically become the norm for the newlyweds.
By contrast, it took some time for Pratt to rise from humble beginnings to Hollywood super-stardom. After the future actor dropped out of college, he moved to Hawaii at 19. There, he lived in a van while he waited tables at Bubba Gump Shrimp Company in Maui. Yet, amazingly, this job actually led Pratt to his big break.
You see, the aspiring star just so happened to wait on Rae Dawn Chong – an actress and director who had appeared in the acclaimed film adaptation of The Color Purple. And in 2014 Pratt told Entertainment Weekly that he had not only recognized Chong, but that he had also explained to her that he had always wanted to make movies. He recalled, “[Chong] said, ‘You’re cute. Do you act?’ I was like, ‘I act! Put me in a movie!’”
So, Chong did just that, as fortuitously she had been casting for comedic horror flick Cursed Part 3 when she had crossed paths with Pratt. In turn, Pratt decided to leave Hawaii behind and move to Los Angeles. And while the actress ultimately never released the movie as she didn’t think it was any good, that leap of faith from Chong gave the future Parks and Recreation star the impetus to really pursue a Hollywood career.
A move to LA didn’t guarantee instant success for Pratt, though. Indeed, he spent several years waiting tables in Hollywood – even though, as the actor admitted on a 2016 episode of The Graham Norton Show, he wasn’t very good at it. During that TV appearance, Pratt also admitted to the host, “I’d been busted so many times eating off people’s plates.”
But all of Pratt’s hard work and money-saving tactics paid off in 2002, when he earned a place in the main cast of TV series Everwood. He also went on to land parts in The O.C. and 2011 movie Moneyball, which would receive an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture.
At the time of Moneyball’s Oscars nod, Pratt was already becoming a household name while playing the goofy Andy Dwyer in Parks and Recreation. And the actor didn’t have to worry about making the transition from the small screen to the movies, either. Before Parks and Recreation ended in 2015, he had already landed a leading role in the major blockbuster Guardians of the Galaxy.
Since then, Pratt has gone on to star in a slew of other hugely successful movies. In 2018, for instance, he reprised his Jurassic World part in the film’s sequel, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. The actor reportedly received a $10 million paycheck for the follow-up after the first flick raked in $1.7 billion globally.
But in spite of his on-screen success and upward Hollywood trajectory, Pratt’s personal life has had its ups and downs. In 2007 the star met Anna Faris for the first time on the set of the movie Take Me Home Tonight. And although the pair instantly bonded, there was just one small hitch: at the time, Faris was already married to fellow actor Ben Indra.
Pratt’s luck would change at the end of the same year, however, when Faris and Indra decided to go their separate ways. Then, after Faris’ divorce became final in 2008, she and the Jurassic World star got engaged. And in July 2009 the couple tied the knot with a picture-perfect wedding ceremony in Bali.
Then, in spring 2012, Pratt and Faris had more exciting news to share: they were going to be parents. They subsequently welcomed their son, Jack, in August of that year. But the pair and their new arrival didn’t get much family time together in 2013. With both Jurassic World and Guardians of the Galaxy on Pratt’s plate at the time, he was only able to see his son twice in six months.
Then came the tabloid rumors about Pratt being unfaithful to Faris. This speculation was ultimately denied by the actress, however, and she and Pratt remained an item, speaking highly of their bond and their romance. In 2017 the stars also posted tributes to each other on Instagram when Mother’s Day and Father’s Day rolled around.
But kind words and warm feelings wouldn’t be enough to save Pratt and Faris’ union, as in August 2017 the pair told the world that they were separating. And soon enough, both moved on to new partners. In November 2017 the Mom actress began to date cinematographer Michael Barrett, while Pratt started to see Schwarzenegger not long after that.
According to People, Maria Shriver set up Pratt with her daughter in spring 2018 – less than a year after the actor’s separation. Shriver, of course, is a member of the Kennedy family, a broadcast journalist and the ex-wife of Terminator actor and Governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger. She also has four children, with Katherine being the first-born.
But while the eldest Schwarzenegger child may have two famous parents, she’s remained relatively out of the spotlight. And she made sure that she had an education behind her, too, graduating from the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism in 2012. She had already begun to write professionally, though, before she turned her tassel.
Schwarzenegger’s first book, Rock What You’ve Got: Secrets to Loving Your Inner and Outer Beauty from Someone Who’s Been There and Back, came out in 2010. In the work, she shares her personal journey to body-image acceptance and encourages other young women to find the same positive state of mind.
And since then, Schwarzenegger has published three more books. In 2014 she came out with I Just Graduated… Now What?, which is packed with the wisdom and advice she received when she graduated from USC. Three years later, a children’s book called Maverick and Me – which told the tale of how Schwarzenegger had adopted her puppy – similarly hit shelves.
Schwarzenegger has also compiled stories for her 2020 book, The Gift of Forgiveness: Inspiring Stories from Those Who Have Overcome the Unforgivable. The anthology included pieces by kidnapping victim Elizabeth Smart and Tanya Brown, whose sister, Nicole Brown-Simpson, was the victim at the center of the infamous O.J. Simpson murder trial.
Then, in the midst of Schwarzenegger’s burgeoning writing career, Shriver decided to fix up her daughter with a Hollywood superstar. And in June 2018, the public caught their first glimpse of the author and Pratt on a date. A month later, the fledgling couple were also seen grabbing ice cream with the actor’s son, Jack, who at the time was five years old.
Ultimately, Pratt went on to meet Schwarzenegger’s family. And in September 2018, a source told People that the relationship wasn’t just a fling. The insider revealed, “It’s only been a couple of months, but they’re both serious about the relationship and hopeful for the future. Chris doesn’t just date to date, and neither does Katherine. She’s very excited.”
Yet while friends of the couple reportedly expected an engagement in the near future, Pratt and Schwarzenegger hadn’t even made a public declaration of their relationship status at that point. This announcement duly came in December, when Pratt took to Instagram to celebrate Schwarzenegger’s birthday. He wrote on the social media site, “Your smile lights up the room. I’ve cherished our time together. Thrilled God put you in my life. Thankful for the laughs, kisses, talks, hikes, love and care.”
Finally, there was the news that Pratt and Schwarzenegger’s nearest and dearest had anticipated. On January 14, 2019, the actor announced via Instagram that he and his new girlfriend had gotten engaged over the weekend. And Pratt shared a sweet photo of the pair along with the message, “Sweet Katherine, so happy you said yes! I’m thrilled to be marrying you. Proud to live boldly in faith with you. Here we go!”
That same month, Pratt envisioned a slower-paced future with his wife-to-be. He told Entertainment Tonight, “I always want to be that guy that works to live, not lives to work. I think [I want to spend] just a lot of time at the farm and a lot of time catching a lot of fish and seeing lots of sunsets.”
But that easy-going speed wasn’t the way that Pratt and Schwarzenegger operated. Instead, they got married right away – a mere six months after their engagement. And it seemed that the pair were more than ready to be officially united. A source told People after the June nuptials, “You can tell today is the happiest day for Katherine. She hasn’t stopped smiling. And Chris seems giddy with excitement.”
On June 9, 2019, Schwarzenegger also took to Instagram to share her post-wedding glee. She wrote, “Yesterday was the best day of our lives! We became husband and wife in front of God, our families and those we love. It was intimate, moving and emotional. We feel so blessed to begin this new chapter of our lives.”
And in true Pratt and Schwarzenegger fashion, that next chapter started quickly after the wedding. Ten months on from the June 2019 marriage, sources revealed to People and other media outlets that the duo were expecting their first child together. Those close to the newlyweds wouldn’t have been completely surprised by this news, either.
Just days after the wedding, an insider told People that having a baby would be one of Pratt and Schwarzenegger’s first orders of business. They said, “[Pratt] was very clear with his intentions from the start, and [Schwarzenegger] has never felt so loved and safe. They both feel so blessed to have found each other, and they can’t wait to expand their family as soon as possible.”
It appeared, too, that Pratt and Schwarzenegger’s readiness to start a family stemmed from a courtship spent with Jack. The source went on to explain, “Instead of [the couple] mostly enjoying solo, romantic dates, Chris’ son from early on was a very big part of their dating life.” And, apparently, this more than suited the author and mom-to-be.
In fact, the individual speaking to People claimed that Schwarzenegger had reveled in this time. They added, “Katherine is like a big kid and loves doing activities with Jack. She loves that Chris is a dad. Seeing Chris with Jack made Katherine positive from early on that Chris is ‘the one.’”
And Schwarzenegger’s family felt sure that the couple would build a brood together. Her father, Arnold, told TV show Extra in January 2020, “I don’t push it because I know it’s going to happen eventually… I’m looking forward to it, yes.”
But it appeared that no one was more thrilled than Schwarzenegger herself. A May 2020 piece by People revealed that the expectant mom was “getting more excited every day.” She has also reportedly translated her joy into action by starting to compile a baby registry.
And that’s not all Schwarzenegger and Pratt reportedly have on their to-do list, as the People source suggested that the parents-to-be hoped to plan a party before their child comes into the world. “[They would love] to have a shower [for Katherine] before the baby arrives. She really wants to celebrate with her friends and family,” the insider added.
One person who was already celebrating was Schwarzenegger’s mom, Shriver. And in an April 2020 Instagram Live conversation with his mother-in-law and brother-in-law Patrick, Pratt was full of praise. He said, “You guys are both just so beautiful. I’m so lucky to have married into such a gorgeous family.”
In response, Shriver couldn’t help but bring up Pratt and Schwarzenegger’s baby-to-be. She replied, “You’re gonna have another beautiful family member.” Throughout the conversation, it seemed that the broadcast journalist was excited for her future as a grandmother.
And while neither Pratt nor Schwarzenegger has confirmed that they have a child on the way, paparazzi snapshots have captured the expectant mom on the go in California with what looks like a baby bump. In the photos, she is casually walking her dog – and inspiration for her children’s book – Maverick.
Schwarzenegger and Pratt are also apparently happy to give the actor’s son, Jack, a new brother or sister. An insider told People, “Jack will be a great big brother. Katherine always says that he is the sweetest, most caring boy… She loves being an extra mom to Jack.”
The source continued, “[Schwarzenegger and Pratt] can’t wait for Jack to have a sibling.” And judging by what the Jurassic World star has said in the past, the couple probably won’t stop with just one new addition to the family.
While Pratt promoted Lego Movie 2: The Second Part in January 2019, he had no trouble envisioning a big clan. When asked by Entertainment Tonight about his future, the star claimed, in fact, that he could see “lots of kids.” And although he and Schwarzenegger have yet to confirm the news, it seems as though they have made strides to turn that dream into a reality.