Pratt was interviewed in August in Los Angeles, after a promotional appearance for the Michelob Ultra beer.
“It is the time that it is,” said Pratt. “I don’t know that I am so much more motivated by necessarily where the world is or if it’s just what I’m feeling called to do right now. I think it’s a combination of both things and, you know, it feels like an important time for that.”
After winning the MTV Movie & TV Awards’ Generation Award in June in Santa Monica, California, Pratt gave a speech about his nine rules for life, and he took the opportunity to mention his beliefs.
“God is real,” he said. “God loves you. God wants the best for you. Believe that—I do.”
Pratt said nothing fills his soul more than to inspire his fans or others to start thinking about God or trying to pray.
“That’s like the only way I feel like I can repay what has essentially been a giant gift in my life,” he said.
Pratt’s faith journey began with a touching experience at the age of 19 in Maui, Hawaii, when a man came up to him outside a Safeway store.
“What are you doing tonight … drugs and drinking?” said the man.
“I hope so,” said Pratt.
However, the man told him, “I stopped because Jesus told me to stop and talk to you. He said to tell you you’re destined for great things.”
Soon after that, Pratt gave his life to God. He also started his acting career and skyrocketed to fame.
Some celebrities have said it’s not easy or trendy to be religious in Hollywood. However, Pratt said he’s never received any backlash about his faith.
“I’ve never had anyone in Hollywood say, ‘Hey, stop saying that,'” he said.
“For me it’s authentic for me to be pro-Christian, pro-Jesus. That’s my thing, you know? I like it. And I’ve never had anyone try to shame me, to my face. Maybe they go say it behind my back. But if that’s the case, go ahead. You can say whatever you want about me—to my face or behind my back. I’m not going to change.”
The 39-year-old actor is now recording his lead voice role in the “The Lego Movie 2.”
Other celebrities who are known to have spiritual beliefs include Jennifer Garner, Mark Wahlberg, Denzel Washington, Selena Gomez, Justin Bieber, and Hailey Baldwin, who are Christians; Natalie Portman, Mayim Bialik, and Pink, who are Jewish; and Richard Gere and Orlando Bloom, who both practice different forms of Buddhism.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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