I guess at some point I should get used to the fact that I completely misjudged how awesome Chris Pratt is when I first came across him, but the dude continues to surprise me, posting an inspirational photo from when he used to be homeless.
I honestly didn’t even realize there was a time in his past when he was at that point (what other secrets are you hiding in your perfectly-sculpted pecs, Christopher??), but apparently at some point after high school, a friend of Chris’ lured him out to Hawaii, where he lived in a van. As he told EW:
“I had a friend who was like, ‘Dude, you’ve got to come out here. We set up camp on the beach and lived the dream.”
Chris worked at Bubba Gump Shrimp Company, and during his time as an employee there, waited on director Rae Dawn Chong, who gave him the role in her short film Cursed Part 3 that allowed him to move off the island. Which is where this photo comes in! Chris posted it to his Facebook last week with the caption:
“Can’t believe I found this picture!!! That is the van I lived in!!! In my hand is the script for the movie that got me out of Maui. Crazy.”
He doesn’t even say have to say anything that deep, this guy just continues to blow my mind with his earnestness and modesty. This photo was taken at such a pivotal moment in his life and career, and it’s wonderful that Chris is still grounded enough to realize that. He came from being stranded in Hawaii living in a van to starring in the $200 million behemoth that is Guardians Of The Galaxy, but he’s still that guy who’s grateful for his first part. No matter what amazing roles he gets in the future, it really doesn’t get better than that.