On the latest episode of her Unqualified podcast, the Just Friends actress spoke to author Glennon Doyle about marriage and her experience with divorce. As fans may know, Anna tied the knot with actor Ben Indra in 2004 when she was 27. The duo went on to split in 2008, a year before she wed Chris Pratt. The Hollywood couple, who share 8-year-old son Jack Pratt, said "I do" in 2009 and were married for almost a decade before announcing their split in 2017.
"Both times that I've gone through a divorce, I was surprised—although I shouldn't have been—by the support of my family," Anna told Glennon. "That people around me were so, unfailingly supportive, kind and I imagine that if I was feeling that way with already having a supportive family in place, I can't imagine the pressure that we put on ourselves to please everybody around us. It's almost like, how do we begin to think about what we want? How do we remove the context of everybody else?"
Anna, who is engaged to cinematographer Michael Barrett, went on to share the advice she'd give son Jack about marriage. "I don't know if it's too grumpy and cruel to say in a sense," she began, "but if I could tell my 8-year-old son one thing that maybe he would stick to, I would really encourage him to not get married in his 20s."
Glennon agreed, noting, "It should be illegal."
During a previous episode of her podcast, Anna opened up about what led to the end of her marriages. "My two other marriages were with actors and I don't think we did a great job of eliminating competitiveness," the Mom alum told Gwyneth Paltrow on the March 22 episode. "Or at least I didn't, being a proud person, and not wanting to reveal vulnerability."
"Any hint of competitiveness and comparison, I didn't handle that very well, I don't think," she said. "And I hope I've grown from that."