Chris Pratt worked as a coupon salesman and a daytime stripper before becoming homeless in Maui. Of the experience, Pratt said, “It’s a pretty awesome place to be homeless. We just drank and smoked weed and worked minimal hours, just enough to cover gas, food, and fishing supplies.
Chris Pratt was born June 21, 1979 in Virginia, Minnesota. He is the son of Kathleen Louise “Kathy” (née Indahl), who worked at aSafeway supermarket, and Daniel C. “Dan” Pratt, who died in 2014, and worked in gold mining and later remodeling houses. Pratt was raised in Lake Stevens, Washington, where he placed fifth in a state wrestling tournament as a high school student. His wrestling coach recalled asking Pratt what he wished to do with his life. Pratt relates, “I was like, ‘I don’t know, but I know I’ll be famous and I know I’ll make a shit ton of money.’ I had no idea how. I’d done nothing proactive. It was as dumb as someone saying, ‘I’ll probably be an astronaut. I’m sure I’ll stumble into an astronaut suit and end up in space one day.'”
Pratt dropped out of a local community college after one semester; and, after working as a coupon salesman and a day time stripper, he ended up homeless in Maui, sleeping in a van and in a tent on the beach. Pratt told The Independent, “It’s a pretty awesome place to be homeless. We just drank and smoked weed and worked minimal hours, just enough to cover gas, food, and fishing supplies.” Pratt recalled listening to the Dr. Dre album 2001 daily to the point where he knew “every word to that album”. Years later he was able to perform Eminem’s vocals from the song “Forgot About Dre” extemporaneously during an interview.