Chris Pratt became interested in acting after watching his brother perform in a Christmas play

By Jodi Guglielmi
Updated January 03, 2017 02:50 PM
Credit: Mark Seliger exclusively for Vanity Fair

Chris Pratt has his brother to thank for his acting career.

Pratt, 37, opened up about his road to Hollywood, revealing that it was his older brother Cully Pratt that first inspired him to start acting.

“One Christmas, he was in a play, a musical, and sang, and it knocked everyone’s socks off. My mom was crying. And I was like, ‘That’s what I want to do,’ ” he told Vanity Fair, in which he poses shirtless and immersed in a lake on the cover.

Pratt was especially close with his brother, competing alongside him on his high school wrestling team.

“He was hands down the best big brother anyone could ask for, super-supportive and always helped me, and loved me, and took care of me,” he said. “We spent our entire childhood, eight hours a day, wrestling.”

Pratt even recalled telling his wrestling coach that he had to quit the sport in order to focus on his acting career. “I was like, ‘I don’t know, but I know I’ll be famous and I know I’ll make a s— ton of money.'”

But realizing his dreams for Hollywood stardom was just the start. Before landing his breakout role in Parks and Recreation, Pratt took a job as a door-to-door salesman.

“I was selling coupons for things like oil changes or trips to a spa. I was great at that,” he said, adding that walking around and making the same pitch over and over actually helped him prepare for the auditioning for movie roles. “That’s why I believe in God and the divine. I feel like it was perfectly planned. People talk about rejection in Hollywood. I’m like, ‘You’re outta your f—— mind. Did you ever have someone sic their dog on you at an audition?'”

Nowadays, Pratt has mastered the art of auditioning, landing several blockbuster roles including Jurassic World and Guardians of the Galaxy. Most recently, he starred alongside Jennifer Lawrence in the sci-fi flick Passengers.

“Once you get smart about auditioning, you learn to audition before they say ‘Action,’ ” he said. “You walk into the room as the character. You let them think the person you are is close to the character they want. You make them think you already are that guy.”