ICYMI: The story behind Chris Pratt's troubled past & how he found faith

Mar 29, 2016 at 12:52 a.m. ET
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This Easter weekend, Chris Pratt reminded everyone that he is a man of very strong faith. Although he didn’t push his beliefs on anyone, he did allow fans to follow along as he and two friends erected a huge cross in the middle of a field.


With short captions that walked followers through the process of getting the minimalist cross up, Pratt shined a light on what Easter really means to him.

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The Jurassic World star has never shied away from the topic of his faith, but he has always been careful not to lead with it either. In 2014, he did an interview with Esquire magazine in which he talked about his belief in God and how he thinks it saved his life. He recalls standing outside of a grocery store one night looking for someone to buy him alcohol when a stranger came up to talk to him. That night, Pratt was planning on doing what young men plan to do — sex, drinking and general party activities. But the stranger changed everything.

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He told Esquire, “[The stranger] was like, 'I stopped because Jesus told me to stop and talk to you. He said to tell you you're destined for great things.' My friends came out, and I was like, 'Hey, I'm gonna go with this guy.' I gave my soul to Jesus within, like, two days.”

From that day on, he’s never looked back. Although the way he practices his spirituality has changed, he continues to make time to pray for himself and his family.

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The entire photo journey that he posted on Instagram was received incredibly well. Most fans added his religious beliefs, and his willingness to display them, to the long list of why they consider him the greatest. Over 4,000 commenters praised him for his Easter project and thanked him for letting them see the whole thing happen.

Even if you don’t align completely with what he believes, it is refreshing to see someone have such strong faith without feeling the need to preach about it. And it makes Pratt even more lovable. Something I didn’t know was possible.