Chris Pratt Remembers Being "the Guy Holding the Purse" at Events With Anna Faris Before He Became a Star

"Actors come up and just blatantly hit on my wife in front of me and don't even look at me," he tells GQ

By Zach Johnson May 18, 2015 3:30 PMTags
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Chris Pratt will never forget how it felt to stand in Anna Faris' shadow.

Though the actress never made Pratt feel that way, some people around them did. For most of their marriage, Faris had been the more famous actor. After the success of 2014's Guardians of the Galaxy (and the predicted success of this summer's Jurassic World), Pratt has arguably become the bigger star.

Of course, this kind of problem is common for famous couples.

"I think it's something you have to manage," Pratt says in GQ's June issue. "It's a little different, because she's achieved enough to hang her hat on for her life, anyways. She's done really amazing things—she's always gonna be known for really funny and great work, critically acclaimed work and successful stuff."

Still, Pratt remembers being overlooked in favor of Faris. "I've had those moments, where I was like the guy holding the purse at events and people just looked right through me. And, you know, actors come up and just blatantly hit on my wife in front of me and don't even look at me. I'm like, 'What the f--k, dude?' I can think of exactly who they are, too, and I hope they f--king audition for Guardians of the Galaxy," he says, referring to the sequel, which starts shooting in February 2016.

Actors weren't the only ones to treat Pratt that way. "Producers and studio people now who will come up to me and treat me the same way that they were treating Anna. "They're like, 'I always knew...' I'm like, 'Is that right? That's interesting, because you f--king stared right through me the last time,'" he says.

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None of that matters much to Pratt, though.

What matters most, he says, is family. The couple welcomed son Jack in 2009, and they'd like to expand their family. "I had siblings, so did Anna—we both dream of it. Jack should have the gift of a little person to push around, whether we have kids or potentially have a surrogate or adopt kids," Pratt says. "He was premature, and Anna's 38, so the idea of going through that again—that was tough, and I think, like, that's something to truly consider."

Fatherhood has helped Pratt put things into perspective.

"I have a feeling I'll be tested and I'll have to prove to him that he's more important to me than show business, and I feel I'll be ready to pass that test...If it means turning down a big paycheck so that I can go camping for the weekend, being difficult with my contract so that I can be let out, and it means the quality of the film goes down because I'm not there to give everything, then so be it," the actor tells GQ. "And if it means retiring early and getting a ranch somewhere and just bird hunting, that's kind of what I secretly want to do anyways, so that'll be sweet."

GQ's June issue is on newsstands nationwide May 26.