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This Photo Of Chris Pratt From When He Used To Be Homeless Is Oddly Inspirational

Chris Pratt posing with van he lived in while homeless in Maui, HawaiiI 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 Galaxybut 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.

(Photo: Facebook)

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  • Sara Steinfeld

    THIS GUY. I had no idea he was ever homeless…he truly is a national man of mystery.

  • Alexandra Mitchell

    Love this guy. The more I read about him, the more I’m convinced he’s one of the genuine ones out in Hollywood. I can’t wait to see more from him.

  • Kathy

    Well, he had a VAN, so he wasn’t entirely homeless. By the looks of it he was about 20 or 21 in this photo. So maybe he still could have gone back to Mom’s house if things got really bad. :-)

  • A_Nicole

    I’ve been a fan of his since Everwood. So glad the world is witnessing his awesomeness more often now. Plus him and Anna Faris are the cutest

  • Elizabeth Aspen

    I remember 20 years ago when I wanted to move to Hawaii, wrote to the chamber of commerce for relocation info and they sent back a pamphlet saying if you come here, bring airfare home because people move to Hawaii thinking it’s paradise and they end up jobless and homeless. Guess it’s true!

  • NYCNanny

    Love him. Love this story…but I wouldn’t call a bunch of young guys living in a van on the beach and living “the dream”, is considered homeless.