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.

Her – Review

Skepticism, judgmental, disbelief…just some of the emotions I felt leading up to the screening of this film. Emotions that were immediately irradiated the moment this piece of cinematic joy entered its first act.

Written and directed by Spike Jonze, the visionary behind Being John Malkovic and Where The Wild Things Are, and starring three time Academy Award nominee Joaquin Phoenix, Her will change your entire perception of love.

Set in the Los Angeles of the near future, and reeling from the pain caused by the breakdown of his marriage, Theodore (Phoenix) is a broken man who’s given up on love. That is until love presents itself from arguably the most unlikely and somewhat unconventional of places…his computer (voiced by Scarlett Johansson).

Can an Artificial Intelligence truly be capable of love, and can humans really develop connections with our technological creations?

Her explores the deeper connections that makes love possible and questions what it truly means to be �?human’, to feel, love, and care for one another, regardless of what we are now, everything started off the same way.

Spike Jonze has created a timeless romantic masterpiece that really can stand the test of time and fills us all with a sense of hope for the future!