Chris Pratt is one of Hollywood’s most in-demand actors, but the handsome star admits that the road to stardom was anything but easy. “Fifteen years ago I felt the same passion I feel today, but I had very little opportunity,” wrote the father of one in a long and heartfelt message posted on his official Instagram page. Speaking candidly to “anyone out there chasing their dream,” Chris encourages them to never give up.
It's 3:20am. I got picked up for work at 6:45am yesterday. I'm not good with math, especially after being up for approximately 61 hours but I think I've been up for over 77 hours. I did a table read for Guardians of the Galaxy 2 this morning and then shot all day on Passengers and just now wrapped some 144 hours later. Weirdly both films, which iI'l be shooting back to back, are being shot in Atlanta at Pinewood studios. We have the best crew. Total rock stars busting their asses. And the stuff we're shooting. My God. I can't wait for you to see it. I go back in in about 8 hours to do more. I am doing what I love. It doesn't feel like work. Even though it is. I'm having fun. I'm overcome with joy and gratitude. I felt like posting this to say to anyone out there chasing your dream... Fifteen years ago I felt the same passion I feel today, but I had very little opportunity. I had to hustle hard and go hungry. I had to eat sardines and figure out how to get gas money. And I never had a plan B. I never stopped believing. Ever. Don't give up. Apply constant pressure for as long as it takes. It will break before you do. Go get it.
“I had to hustle hard and go hungry,” he writes, adding that he was forced to “eat sardines and figure out how to get gas money.” Still, even through all his struggles, the 36-year-old actsays he never lost faith. “I never had a plan B. I never stopped believing. Ever.”
The Jurassic World star was inspired to post his message of encouragement on his way home from working on both Guardians of the Galaxy 2 and the science fiction movie Passengers. “I think I've been up for over 77 hours … I go back in about 8 hours to do more,” said Chris, who although exhausted admits, “I am doing what I love. It doesn’t feel like work.” He concluded his pep talk by saying, “Apply constant pressure for as long as it takes. It will break before you do. Go get it.”
Chris has found just as much joy off-screen as he has in fulfilling his dreams. He married actress Anna Faris in 2009 and the couple welcomed their first child Jack in 2012. From that moment on, fatherhood has trumped everything. "I've done all kinds of cool stuff as an actor,” said Chris during an emotional speech at a March of Dimes event in 2014. “I've gotten to jump out of helicopters and do daring stunts and play baseball in a professional stadium, but none of them mean anything compared to being somebody's daddy."