Maria Shriver was the one who set up the dates between her daughter & Chris Pratt

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I’m going to give Chris Pratt some credit: he waited a good amount of time before anyone saw him out on dates and publicly moving on from his marriage to Anna Faris. When Pratt and Faris initially split, there were a lot of rumors that Pratt had cheated or that there was a jumpoff waiting in wings. That wasn’t the case – there was no other woman. Pratt and Faris had problems and he was a gentleman about it, and he didn’t immediately dive back into dating. Over the past few months, he’s been seen on what looked like casual dates – like, coffee dates, lunch dates, nothing serious. He wasn’t flaunting it and he didn’t do a big girlfriend-rollout. I respect that.

Last week though, there were some paparazzi set-up photos of Pratt and Katherine Schwarzenegger. You can see them here – TMZ was all over it, which is how you know it was a set-up. It actually didn’t occur to me last week that this possibly had a political angle – Pratt seems to have conservative politics, and Katherine is the daughter of Arnold Schwarzenegger (a liberal Republican) and Maria Shriver, from the Kennedy clan. As it turns out, Maria Shriver was the one who set up Chris Pratt and her daughter. What in the world?

Chris Pratt was spotted spending Father’s Day with Katherine Schwarzenegger, but that wasn’t their only date. A source tells PEOPLE the actor, who turned 39 on Thursday, has been on “multiple dates” with the eldest daughter of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver. In fact, Shriver, 62, played matchmaker!

“Maria helped set them up,” the source says, adding, “It’s still new.”

During an outing together in Santa Barbara, California on Sunday, the Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom star enjoyed a picnic with the great-niece of the late president John F. Kennedy. During their lunch date, they shared sandwiches, potato chips and apples on a park bench and were seen smiling and laughing.

[From People]

How did Maria Shriver even know Chris Pratt? Why did she think Pratt would be good for her daughter? If Chris Pratt ends up seriously involved with the daughter of a political family, does that mean that he’s going into politics too? Also: for some reason, I thought Katherine was about 20 or 21, but no – she’s 28 years old. Pratt is 39. I don’t know… I think it’s fine? I mean, it’s not the best thing but it’s not terrible.

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  1. lobstah says:

    Hopefully, when this is over, he treats her better than he did his pets.

  2. Loris says:

    Weird couple.

  3. Lilly says:

    Why choose least favorite Chris?

    • Surely Wolfbeak says:

      Right? Chris Evans fights Nazis.

      • Lilly says:

        Thank you! I had a million things I wanted to write about this milquetoast Chris, trying to ride the bland wave, never taking a stand when we do have Nazi fighting Chrises (not sure that’s the proper pluralization).

  4. Ankhel says:

    Pratt isn’t very nice IMO, but I guess a Schwartzenegger woman would be better at handling that sort of thing than most. BTW, it does warm my heart to see how obviously proud and happy Arnold is, being photographed with his daughters. Makes me miss my father.

  5. Indiana Joanna says:

    Sorry, but I could never stand Maria or any of the Shrivers. Throughout the years, she constantly talked about how she and her family were the most fantastic gift to humanity. You don’t hear Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg nor her children speaking that way.

    Maria, Arnold and her Instagram-ready kids are so desperate for attention.

  6. Mia4s says:

    The age difference is not a big deal and they could be oddly compatible…although I would hope she doesn’t share his gross indifference to the lives of family pets. 😒 Ugh, worst Chris.

    Yeah in fairness it turned out to be Faris who had the jump off relationship when they split. Who knows when that started. Is she still with that guy?

  7. YantkLynn says:

    Wow those family pictures — her son ? really has the Kennedy genes with that smile — I see Bobby.

  8. Mia C says:

    You could do worse than Chris Pratt. He’s constantly doing charity and speaking about God, all things that make for a good husband (separate from the question of whether a personal God really exists, but people who believe in such a personal God and seek a relationship through prayer as he’s said he does can sometimes be solid and trustworthy). Do he and Farris have kids? If so I’d not want a guy ten years older with other family obligations he really needs to put first if I had a lot of options which a Schwarzeneggar girl in her twenties does have. But I’m on the fence. If he’s just a divorcee that’s otherwise pretty stable I guess I’d think he might be good for my daughter too. I’ve often thought that family picks better mates for you than you do. In the case of my brother it wasn’t until he found a woman that the family loved for the first time that he had a stable relationship and beautiful family instead of a whole lot of drama and crazy problems.