"Passengers" star Chris Pratt used to live pointlessly in his early 20's when a stranger approached him out of nowhere and led him to Jesus Christ. That moment became the turning point of his life.
In an interview with Rich Cohen of Vanity Fair, Pratt said his success in Hollywood was God's work because it would not have happened any other way. He shared how several people, including a stranger, helped lead him to the Christian life and later to his journey as a box-office king.
Pratt's family lost their house when he was still in high school and he thought about entering the military, but his brother advised him against it. He later took a theater course at a local community college, where one of his teachers told him to think about professional acting.
Because of their financial difficulties, Pratt was unable to finish community college and instead worked as a door-to-door salesman. However, things did not work out for him in that area. Thankfully, one of his friends heard about his situation and bought him a ticket to Hawaii, where he found a job at a restaurant chain called the Bubba Gump Shrimp.
One day, Pratt was sitting outside a store and was waiting for a person who was inside, buying them beer. A man named Henry suddenly approached him to ask what he was doing later that night, and he said he was hoping on going a party with alcohol, drugs and girls.
"I was charmed by this guy, don't know why. He was an Asian dude, maybe Hawaiian, in his 40s. It should've made me nervous but didn't. I said, 'Why are you asking?' He said, 'Jesus told me to talk to you,'" Pratt recalled. "At that moment I was like, I think I have to go with this guy. He took me to church. Over the next few days I surprised my friends by declaring that I was going to change my life."
The change in his life did not stop there because more new things came Pratt's way when actress Rae Dawn Chong walked into Bubba Gump Shrimp with her producer. He charmed the actress with his flair and she later asked for his contact number and helped him get a lead role in a comedy called "Cursed Part 3." That is where his journey in the Hollywood business began.
Pratt is not shy about discussing his Christian faith in public. In a 2014 interview with People, the actor shared that one of his most trying moments was when his wife delivered their son Jack prematurely in 2012. Nevertheless, they prayed all throughout the month that the baby was in the intensive care unit, and he described that experience as something that "redefined" his faith in God.