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How Outspoken Christian Chris Pratt Went from Homeless Waiter to Highest Paid Actor

Everyone’s favorite comedy-slash-action star didn’t have the privileged beginning some might believe. Chris Pratt may be called the next “Harrison Ford” by a few of his fans (a.k.a. this fan), but the “Jurassic World” star didn’t always live the lifestyle of the rich and famous.

When the Parks and Recreation oddball started landing major motion picture roles, there may have been more than a handful of people who scratched their heads. Certainly the lovable idiot everyone recognized as Andy Dwyer couldn’t pull off a lead role for a multi-million dollar franchise.

Wrong. Pratt not only delivered onscreen, but has recently added the MTV 2018 Generation Award to his name.



The award-winning Christian actor recently gave a speech at the MTV Movie & TV Awards that included some very important advice for the next generation. “God is real. God loves you! God wants the best for you, believe that — I do.”

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Is it possible his past struggles led to Pratt’s professed faith? It’s quite probable, as the actor was once homeless and working at Maui’s Bubba Gump Shrimp Company just to make ends meet.

Many across the country have chosen the minimalist #vanlife, and Pratt’s experience is one he speaks fondly of. “We… worked minimal hours… just enough to cover gas, food and fishing supplies,” he recalled in an interview. “You know, it was a charming time.”

Still, the then-beach-bum had higher hopes than working at a restaurant in Maui for the rest of his life. Though his first role in a horror flick didn’t even make it to the silver screen, Pratt didn’t give up on his dream of being in the movies.

He did what any Hollywood-dreamer would do. Pratt moved to L.A., yet the cross-country relocation did anything but end his struggle.

He still worked at a restaurant. He still hadn’t found his “big break.”

In fact, Pratt couldn’t even afford a meal during some of his lowest points. “I’d been busted so many times eating off people’s plates,” the star said.

Now his most recent return to the theaters as Owen Grady in “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” has landed him a whopping $10 million paycheck. I’d say that’s a nice step up from his days of waiting tables.



Even so, the raptor-taming believer hasn’t forgotten what’s truly important in life. He encouraged those listening to his Generation Award speech to “learn to pray” and “reach out to someone in pain.”

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Fans can certainly expect good things to keep coming from this man. He even started off his speech by thanking his family and saying how much he loves them, despite their humble roots.

His son, Jack, has a lot to look up to in his father. No doubt Pratt will continue to strive to set a good and humble example for his son, as well as for the generations to come.

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Sarah Carri is an avid reader and social media guru with a passion for truth and life. Her writing has previously been published in print and online by Focus on the Family and other well known media outlets. Her experience in ministry and Disney entertainment gives her a unique perspective on such topics.
Sarah Carri is an avid reader and social media guru with a passion for truth and life. Her writing has previously been published in print and online by Focus on the Family and other well known media outlets. Her experience in ministry and Disney entertainment gives her a unique perspective on such topics.

Sarah's experience as a successful working stay-at-home mom and business owner has given her the chance to write and research often. She stays up to date on the latest in entertainment and offers her views on celebrity stories based on her wide knowledge of the industry. Her success as a former preschool teacher and licensed daycare provider lend to her know-how on topics relating to parenting and childhood education.

Her thoughts on faith and family issues stem from home life and ministry work. Sarah takes time to attend workshops and classes annually that help her to improve and hone her writing craft. She is a graduate of the Institute of Children's Literature program and her writing has been acclaimed by ACFW and ECPA.
Education
Institute of Children's Literature, Art Institute of Phoenix (Advertising), University of California Irvine (Theater), Snow College (Early Childhood Education)
Location
Arizona
Languages Spoken
English
Topics of Expertise
Entertainment, Faith




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