Anna Faris and Chris Pratt are done and love is truly dead.
First, the farmer’s market royal family. Next, The Saviours of Sudan. And now….The goofballs that any human person could actually root for. DEAD, DEAD, LOVE IS ALL DEAD, BECAUSE CHRIS PRATT & ANNA FARIS have announced they are separating.
To say that true love is over would be an under-statement, because through cosmetic enhancements, chubby periods and transitions into leading movie stars, you felt a sure bet these two would stick together.
Faris and Pratt had been together since 2008, and married in 2009.
Before the marriage, Faris was notable for being one of the leading ladies in comedy, and her rising star rocketed with her leading role as Cindy Campbell in the ‘Scary Movie’ series. She has gone on to star in such movies as ‘Take me Home Tonight’ where she met and fell in love with Pratt, and is now one of televisions best paid actors on ‘Mom’ .
Still, for Pratt, he was a supporting name across shows like Parks & Recreation and presented his niche as the sloppy, slobby friend in film roles up until Moneyball, a movie he lost 30lbs for and marked the segue way of him into serious leading man roles.
Whilst Faris’ film projects began to slip, Pratt’s star with his new look exploded with a role in Zero Dark Thirty leading to a huge casting coup for him in the leading role of Guardians of the Galaxy – a turn so successful he was also looped for the lead in Jurassic World. The two pictures went on to become some of the biggest movies of all time and have spawned massive sequels.
Was it his A-List status?
As with many couples in Hollywood that crumble, many suspect that the star-wattage shift in this relationship caused big problems.
The power shift between the couple was dramatic. From meeting Faris, Pratt was very much the D-lister to her B+ List status. She was constantly being tapped for leading roles in successful comedies like The House Bunny and her comedic chops made her one of the most recognizable actresses in the field in a generation.
The Power Shift
But as Pratt’s star rose out of successful supporting stints on TV, Faris’ dimmed, and she relegated to steady work on a network television show – no slouch, but not opening romcoms (which increasingly bombed) or taking advantage of the movie market like Melissa McCarthy or Kristen Wiig. Not to say that Faris is making the dumb move, her season turn for ‘Mom’ is earning her $2.75m per year and growing. For a leading role in a movie, Faris banks less than that.
Over the past two years, however, Pratt’s salary was estimated to be sub $30,000 per episode. But since those days, he has made over $38 Million from movies like Passengers, Jurassic World and Guardians of the Galaxy, and even bigger paydays are likely to have already been pocketed (but not yet disclosed) for the Guardians and Jurassic sequels. Where he could be making up to $30 Million. His average pulling salary for a non-franchise picture is around $15 Million now.
Their place within the Hollywood pecking order not only shifted, it transformed completely.
The Demands of the A List
Suffice to say, the tables turned on the relationship, and Pratt went from being ‘lovable oaf’ to Men’s Health covering, rippled abs bearing stud. This can’t have been an easy transition for Faris, who’s career is still strong, but has become completely shadowed by her husband’s sudden success.
Why would this be a factor on the marriage? Faris herself previously cited that she divorced due to just that – the growth of her career caused intolerable issues with her first husband Ben Indra. And Jennifer Garner also cited it for failed relationships before she partnered with Ben Affleck (and ultimately assumed the role of the lesser star in that relationship).
The demands of A+ level fame can take it’s toll. Faris added
“We grapple with the idea of being a public couple. For the first time, maybe a year ago or 10 months ago, we were in the public a little bit. There were some tabloid rumors about strain on our relationship. I just remember feeling so hurt in a way that bothered me because I didn’t want to think of myself as somebody that could be affected by tabloid s–t. There was a picture of me walking alone on the beach: ‘Aging Anna Faris, Alone on the Beach,'” the Scary Movie star said on her Unqualified podcast in December 2016. “I take pride in how great my relationship is with Chris. Having said that, of course, in this crazy world where he’s off doing movies and I’m in L.A. raising our child, of course I’m going to feel vulnerable, like any normal human would. It did make me feel like, ‘Is public perception— even though it’s false—is there a grain of something?’ It made me feel incredibly insecure.”
Insecurity combined with Pratt starring across from increasingly stunning leading ladies and having to do international movie promo tours means the simple, “We are actors with a family life that comes first” perhaps started to take the back seat. And who can blame Pratt of wanting to strike whilst the iron’s hot?
The Jennifer Lawrence Effect
Of course it’s tabloid fodder to turn to the leading lady in Hollywood in Jennifer Lawrence as fuel to the fire in such a high-profile split.
After all, Lawrence and Pratt starred together in the critically slated sci-fi epic Passengers from Sony; and rumors swirled of an affair that all parties denied and Faris took particularly painfully. Many observed Pratt’s natural chemistry and strong charisma with Lawrence in interviews, and the two shared a strong rapport. It’s kind of shitty, because you get the feeling Lawrence is always going to be held accountable for divorces of any man she works with purely because she’s a smoke-show. And that shit aint right.
But she basically has nothing to do with this divorce other than based on games of assumption from other Hollywood splits. Brad Pitt after all, dumped Jennifer Aniston for his Mr & Mrs Smith co-star in Angelina Jolie.
Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck both split from their partners (Scott Foley and Jennifer Lopez) when they were filmed having electric chemistry on Daredevil, moments committed to film that can still be seen today.
I think we can put this story to bed though, largely because Jennifer Lawrence would become the single most hated woman in Hollywood in a quick minute if she snatched Pratt away from Faris.
Anna Faris has a heavy-weather reputation in Hollywood for being one of the most pleasant and collaborative stars to work with, as does Pratt, but her soft and warm on-screen persona would put the already over-saturated Lawrence at even greater risk of PR implosion.
The Tell Tale Language
During Ben Affleck’s Academy Awards speech when winning for Argo he called his marriage ‘work’. This universally became known as the new standard for ‘ huge fucking red flag ‘ when it comes to the spin of Hollywood marriages beginning to crack.
Indeed, most Hollywood breakups are preceded by previously gushy interviews morphing into discussions of challenges, work, pressures and distance. These are small but significant reveals that the pressures of Hollywood are eroding a marriage.
Faris, particularly, seemed affected by the sudden glare of huge media attention on the couple, and it became clear that her preferred role in the Hollywood strata was indeed, not on the A-list, and being dragged into such a situation made her uncomfortable.
With that, she started to lament the reduced privacy and freedom her family enjoyed. Perhaps she felt Pratt’s aggressive pursuit of a legendary film career was adding fuel to that fire.
Either way, the ending of this beautiful couple has us all sad. Here’s for hoping they both find happiness again.