Chris Pratt seems to just be hitting his stride in Hollywood, but nonetheless may take an early retirement. The actor, who is dad to 2-year-old Jack Pratt with wife Anna Faris, has opened up about fame and fatherhood in the latest issue of GQ. Check out a peek of what the star had to say…
On the possibility of more kids: “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. He was premature, Anna’s 38, so the idea of going through that again—that was tough, and I think, like, that’s something to truly consider.”
On fame and fatherhood: “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. 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.”
I’d never thought of the struggle to fit both parenting and a career into one life as coming to a head with a test before, but now that he’s said it I can’t quite shake the idea.
There are times my husband and I don’t feel we’re doing very well at parenting, to be honest. Over the last couple of years it’s become apparent we’re both inclined to be workaholics and have dreams of accomplishing a lot. The drive would be great if it weren’t for the 10 and 8-year-old boys who still need so much of our attention, and I’m sad to say we get frustrated easily with their interruptions.
On the plus side, I suppose the good news is we’re aware we’re focusing too much on work and not on our family, but what to do about it remains puzzling. Making small changes and managing our way through is an option, but it recently occurred to me doing things very different is too. We’re actually considering shaking things up completely.
I won’t go into too many details just yet, but we’re playing with the idea that now, when our boys are nearing their middle school years, might be the worst time to try and do a lot with our jobs. It seems common to think of working very hard while you’re raising kids and then once you’re an empty nester relax a bit and vacation more, but we’re thinking the opposite way. What if we spent our mid-30s mellowing out and investing in each other more, then allowed ourselves to be guilt-free workaholics in our 40s?
What actually comes to pass remains to be seen, but in this very moment I’m feeling what Chris Pratt is saying. It feels like a choice, a test, is being presented to us.