Chris Pratt is like a fine wine…..they just get better with age. I’ve interviewed Chris Pratt a few times now, for different movies. Each time he is exactly the same person. I love seeing an actor grow into their popularity and still be humble. He’s one of those guys that you would want to hang out with. In fact, I’d go on a double date with him and his lovely wife just to hang out, but I digress. We all know how awesome Chris Pratt is. In the newest installation of Guardians of the Galaxy he is back at it again with the Guardians and rocks out just like we like. While the first story was all about Peter Quill becoming Star-Lord and the love of his mom the second volume is about his love for his dad and figuring out who he is as he fills out this new role as a Guardian of the Galaxy. I was out for the #GOTGVol2Event and had a chance to sit down with Chris Pratt and chat a little about the movie, snacks, and more. So let’s get straight to the interview, but first look how excited Chris is when he walks into applause from us Mom Bloggers:
Q: Can you talk about working with Kurt Russell?
CP: Ah man, everyone on my team, everyone who’s been hanging out with him, they’re either just like, “He’s such a great dude.” And, he really is, man. You know, I’ve heard a few people say like, “It really feels like you guys could be father and son.” And, we share a lot of the same passions. He’s a really cool guy. He’s a really open book. Definitely know where you stand with him. He tells ya, he tells it like it is. I really like that.
Obviously he’s like this iconic dude, who I’ve known about him for decades before he ever knew I existed. And so, there’s always that strange moment when you meet someone and you’re a big fan, you feel like you have to tell him, because otherwise you try to build a friendship and it’s a little inauthentic, you know? You just say, “Listen, I have to get this part out of the way, but I love you so much. Oh, you’re the best. You’re the best. You’ve always been the best.” And he goes, “Yeah, I know. Thanks.” [ALL LAUGH] And, all right, let’s get to it!
Q: Was there any improv scenes that made it into the movie, or things that you do that like you’re like, I have to say this, and they just roll with it?
CP: Yeah. For sure. I mean, James really knows my voice. Especially in the second movie (he) has written the script in a way that it sounds like stuff I would improv. You know what I mean? But there are a few jokes that I improv that made it. I think the thing about if the thing between my legs had a hand on it. [ALL LAUGH] That was improv. I remember in the day we were, I was talking to James about that today, on the day it wasn’t that funny. It was just like we’d done that scene a bunch of times, and they had to do it again because they needed to get something else. And so, I knew they already had whatever the line that was written. They already had it. And so, I knew when they already have it, then I have, that’s my room to play, you know? I say, you’re gonna throw this take away anyways, I’m just gonna whatever I want. And that’s what I said when he was like, “Yeah, yeah, yeah.” And, you know, it wasn’t that funny. And then he put it in the movie. [ALL LAUGH]
Q: So, I have a fun question for you. It’s coming from my kids who follow you on Instagram. They wanna know what Peter Quill’s favorite snack is, and in turn, what Chris Pratt’s favorite snack is.
CP: I’m glad that they asked that, and thanks for following me on what’s my snack? [ALL LAUGH] #snacknation. Peter Quill’s shirt in the movie, if you see that…that’s his favorite snack, because that’s actually a label from, this is a little Easter egg, but from the first movie, there was some candy on the table and I think I’m eating some of the candy. I don’t know if I, they ever made it in the movie, but he, but James really loved the label, the art department had gone the lengths of creating this language, and created a label for some candy. So, he put that label on the shirt. So, that’s like a snack that Peter Quill likes to eat. And I don’t know, I think it had, there’s a real language and it says something. But, that’s probably his favorite snack.
CP: No. Snack, snack, I’m like a cheese and crackers and Crudités, that kind of thing, you know what I mean? Is that what it’s called, Crudités? Sausage and cheese and crackers, it’s like Italian? Yeah, like cheese, crackers, and mustard and that kind of thing. If I could, you know, I’d just, I could live on that. I’d get fat. It sounds good. And Doritos with my face on it I should say, yeah.
Q: So, speaking about weight and fitness, you obviously got a killer body for the first movie, and then you’ve kept that off and kept your physique up. And lots of people have trouble with that. So, what have you done that kind of slipped the switch?
CP: Well, if I’m gonna be fully authentic, I’m pretty careful about when I reveal myself to the public. I do it in a way to make you think that I’ve kept it off the entire time, but I haven’t. You know? Seriously, like I kinda keep tight, close to what I need to be, but I have to live my life as well. So, when I do a shirtless scene, or I do a magazine cover, or I do a photoshoot that I know is gonna get a lot of press, I then dial it in so that I can take a good picture. Really, all my eating habits and diet fitness habits are, it’s very shallow of me, but hey, they’re very much based around how I’m gonna put myself out there. So, don’t be hard on yourself if you can’t, if they lose weight and they can’t keep it off. That’s just really natural. And I think, you know, the best thing, the best way to think about it is not to have a goal of like a weight goal, do you know what I mean?
It’s not to say like my goal is a, is 225 pounds. That’s not my goal. My goal is six months. It’s like six months of consistency. Go to the gym, or do something every day for six months. See if I can do that. Like make the goal, a consistency. Like build up a bunch of consistency and make it more of a lifestyle, rather than seek out a weight. I just did it a couple weeks ago where I had like a photoshoot for Men’s Fitness or something, and that was, I made that my goal. And then like three days, I swear, like I worked hard for weeks and weeks and weeks, I got in great shape. I felt good. I did the photo. And like three days later I put on like 20 pounds. [ALL LAUGH] Just ‘cause I was so goal oriented, you know what I mean? ‘Cause then you hit that goal and you’re like, nailed it, let’s eat, just a little bit, and then like six weeks have passed and be like, “What did I do? Why did I do that?” So, it’s natural to kind of go up and down.
Q: Chris, you’re a family man, and you talk a lot in interviews about the importance of your marriage, and being a dad, and but, how do you balance it all?
CP: Thanks for asking me that question. That’s a good question. I know Anna gets asked that question all the time, and she’s like, “How come no one ever asks you that question?” I think it’s not easy.
It’s real, a lot of, just communication. We have help. We have to just plan everything. Everything has to be planned. You manage it by just making sure everyone is doing what they need to be doing. You check in with everyone. And I have like a staff of people who work for me. If I did, do all the administration in my life, I’d never have time to do anything, ‘cause it’s, like I told Alison, my publicist, I’m like a parcel. Like, I don’t even travel, I just get shipped everywhere. [ALL LAUGH] You know? I don’t do any of that stuff. So, I just focus on what I can do. But I think you don’t have to be present to be a presence, and, you know, with technology now, Facetime, little tricks, little things like that. Checking in every day, and nurturing your relationship with your spouse, and not making it just about the kids is important.
Like we were just in London, and I hadn’t seen them in a while, but they got to come visit me, and stay with me for a few weeks. But we took a weekend trip for ourselves to go to Paris, and left Jack behind. And as much as we were, when we were there we’re like, “God, it’d be really fund if Jack was here.” It was good for us to be out there by ourselves, and do that. So, I think just like prioritize, and work on, make lists, and probably you’re gonna fail. Some of the time, you know? Do your best.
About The Movie:
Set to the all-new sonic backdrop of Awesome Mixtape #2, Marvel Studios’ “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2” continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes’ aid as the Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to expand. “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” blasts into theaters on May 5, 2017.
***Disclosure: I attended the #GotGVol2Event My flight, lodgings, and expenses were covered by Disney All opinions are 100% mine. ***