Career Evolution – Chris Pratt

***SUNDAY CALENDAR SNEAKS FOR APRIL 27, 2014. ***DO NOT USE PRIOR TO PUBLICATION*** BEVERLY HILLS, CA – MARCH 27, 2014 – Actor Chris Pratt photographed at the Four Seasons Beverly Hills hotel, Thursday, March 27, 2014. Pratt plays a charming trouble-maker in Marvel’s new space comedy “Guardians of the Galaxy.” (Ricardo DeAratanha/Los Angeles Times).

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.

SAG Awards 2015 – Winners

SAG Awards 2015 – The winners for the 2015 annual Screen Actors Guild Awards have been announced and it’s another great night for British talent – most noticeably for Eddie Redmayne who rose victorious in Best Actor category for the Stephen Hawking based biopic The Theory of Everything.

Box-office smash Birdman walked away with the biggest award of the night, Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture – the independent gem starring Michael KeatonEmma StoneZach Galifinakis and Edward Norton has been widely tipped to win big this award season and it certainly didn’t disappoint.

Julianne MoorePatricia Arquette and J.K. Simmons also emerged winners in their respected categories for performances that were nothing short of outstanding.

The biggest surprises of the night came in the television categories with Orange is the New Blackwinning two awards including Best Ensemble Cast in a Comedy Series and Best Female Actress in a Comedy Series for star Uzo Aduba. British heavyweight Downton Abbey was crowned the winner of Best Ensemble Cast in a Drama Series, beating out other major contenders Game of ThronesBoardwalk EmpireHomeland and House of Cards.

View all the winners and nominees below.


Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

WINNER: Birdman


The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Imitation Game

The Theory of Everything


Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

WINNER: Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything 

Steve Carell, Foxcatcher

Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game

Jake Gyllenhaal, Nightcrawler

Michael Keaton, Birdman 

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role

WINNER: Julianne Moore, Still Alice

Jennifer Aniston, Cake

Felicity Jones, The Theory of Everything 

Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl

Reese Witherspoon, Wild

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role

WINNER: J.K. Simmons, Whiplash

Robert Duvall, The Judge

Ethan Hawke, Boyhood

Edward Norton, Birdman

Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher 

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role

WINNER: Patricia Arquette, Boyhood

Keira Knightley, The Imitation Game

Emma Stone, Birdman

Meryl Streep, Into the Woods

Naomi Watts, St. Vincent


Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series

WINNER: Downton Abbey 

Boardwalk Empire 

Game of Thrones


House of Cards

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series


Big Bang Theory

Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Modern Family 


Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series 

WINNER: Kevin Spacey, House of Cards

Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire

Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones

Woody Harrelson, True Detective

Matthew McConaughey, True Detective

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series

WINNER: Viola Davis, How to Get Away With Murder

Claire Danes, Homeland 

Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife 

Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black

Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey

Robin Wright, House of Cards

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series

WINNER: William H. Macy, Shameless

Ty Burrell, Modern Family

Louis C.K., Louie 

Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory

Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series

WINNER: Uzo Aduba, Orange is the New Black

Julie Bowen, Modern Family

Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep

Amy Poehler, Parks & Recreation

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries

WINNER: Mark Ruffalo, The Normal Heart 

Adrien Brody, Houdini

Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock: His Last Vow

Richard Jenkins, Olive Kitteridge 

Billy Bob Thornton, Fargo

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries 

WINNER: Frances McDormand, Olive Kitteridge 

Ellen Burstyn, Flowers in the Attic

Maggie Gyllenhaal, The Honourable Woman 

Julia Roberts, The Normal Heart

Cicely Tyson, The Trip to Bountiful