He’s the most in demand actor on the face of the planet, not to mention one of the coolest and genuinely nicest guys you could meet (according to anyone who’s ever met him – so how did he go from second string supporting to leading man so quickly?
Find out below as Film Review UK charts the rise of Hollywood’s ‘Golden Boy’.
The Early Years – One Man and a Van
Chris Pratt seems like the one of the most chilled out guys in Hollywood – not surprising considering how his career started.
The career of this comic genius began in 2000 when Pratt, living out of a van in Hawaii and waiting tables to earn enough money to eat, landed his first paid role in the straight-to-DVD horror film, Cursed Part 3.
Directed by Rae Dawn Chong, Pratt was paid just $700 for the short film, but at the time, having been living out of his van for the past couple of years, saw it as winning the lottery, as he was now a fully-fledged paid actor.
Of course his situation didn’t seem to bother the young actor and during recent interviews, Pratt has often referred to that period of his life in Hawaii as one of the best.
“It’s a pretty awesome place to be homeless. We just drank and smoked weed and worked minimal hours, just enough to cover gas, food, and fishing supplies.”
Regardless, Chris Pratt was now a paid actor and ceased the opportunity with both hands.
Starting Off Small – A TV Regular
For anyone that’s seen Chris Pratt on screen, there’s definitely something special about the actor and his ability to shine on camera, whether it be a starring film role or a supporting role on the small screen.
So it’s no surprise that once wrapping in his first acting project, it wasn’t long until he was right back in front of he camera – this time with a regular gig on a new TV drama.
In 2002, Pratt landed the role of Bright Abbot on the family drama, Everwood, alongside Treat Williams, Gregory Smith and Emily VanCamp, who played his on screen sister.
The show ran for four successful seasons, becoming a favourite for Warner Bros. defunct network The WB (now The CW) and picking up several nominations during its reign, including two Ememy nominations.
Pratt certainly proved his worth on the show, becoming a favourite for many of the shows fans – eventually though the show was cancelled after seeing ratings fall in its fourth season.
Getting Noticed – Comedy Timing
After the cancellation of Everwood, and having starred in several low budget straight-to-DVD films, Pratt found himself a recurring guest spot on the hit TV drama, The O.C., playing Che Cook, an activist-stoner who befriends Rachel Bilson’s character Summer Roberts when she attends Brown University in the shows fourth season.