Chris Pratt says he first met wife Katherine Schwarzenegger ‘at church’

Because I’ve (bizarrely) been on the Chris Pratt-Katherine Schwarzenegger beat from the very beginning, I remember when they first got together last year, and the rumors about how they first met. While they seem like an obvious couple, it wasn’t obvious how they even had friends in common or anything like that. At the time, sources claimed Maria Shriver (Katherine’s mother) introduced them, but how would Maria have known Pratt in the first place? Well, according to Chris Pratt himself, Maria Shriver had nothing to do with it. Chris says he met Katherine in church.

Newlyweds Chris Pratt and Katherine Schwarzenegger first met at a place that’s special to them both.

“We met at church! There’s a lot of kismet, a lot of connections, but that is where we met,” Pratt told Extra at the Universal Studios Hollywood opening of their new Jurassic World ride.

Pratt, 40, and Schwarzenegger, 29, were first linked together during a Father’s Day picnic in 2018. The couple frequently stepped out together after the public date and are often spotted attending church together. But while the duo is basking in the joy of their intimate wedding last month, Pratt stepped out for the opening on his own as his wife and 6-year-old son Jack, from his previous marriage to Anna Faris, had some bonding time at home.

“I’m rolling solo this evening. Katherine is at home right now, and she and Jack are tie-dying shirts,” Pratt said. “Maybe they will make me one. I hope so.”

[From People]

“We met at church! There’s a lot of kismet, a lot of connections, but that is where we met.” Huh. I take that to mean that they were first introduced at Hillsong, and from there, people were trying to put them together. Or maybe they just knew from the very first moment that the other one was THE one. I don’t know. I also think it’s slightly weird that Katherine attends Hillsong – the Shrivers and the Kennedys are all big-time Catholics, maybe the most well-known Catholic family in America. Why is Katherine a member of a non-Catholic church? I looked up the origins of Hillsong and I was shocked to find that it’s rooted in Pentecostal Christianity, with strong Evangelical influences. Huh.

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  1. Erinn says:

    I mean, I always assumed it was kind of a televangelist/megachurch vibe based on the amount of money that attends. It seems to be really interested in grabbing celebrities. The amount of drama/criticism of this church is insane – not the criticism itself, it’s warranted – it’s just surprising HOW MUCH controversy it has created.

    Abuse, mishandling of money, people lying about being cure of cancer when they’d never had cancer, vote stacking in freaking Australian idol, strict fundamentalism lack of compassion, … they just seem batshit crazy.

    • Himmiefan says:

      Yes, a lot of other Christians give Hillsong the side eye.

    • gingersnaps says:

      It is a televangelist/megachurch. I used to be a fan of their music team and tuned into their live stream of their sunday service, I was able to attend their women’s conference in London and I met a number of lovely people who were attending but I just got a weird vibe with its leaders and how they were running that church. It seemed to me that the end goal was getting people to hand their money and so I’ve stopped supporting them.

    • Green Desert says:

      Yes Erinn! Also homophobic and anti-reproductive rights. There was a great piece on Carl Lentz, a Hillsong pastor, a few years ago in GQ:

      I wish Pratt was more Andy Dwyer than he’s proven himself to be.

    • Izzy says:

      So it’s a Catholic version of $cientology. Got it.

      • Genessee says:

        No not Catholic. Nowhere near Catholic. Don’t mix us in with evangelicals. We’ve got our own problems. Our own brand of fundies are called Traditionalist Catholics and they reject everything that happened after the Second Vatican Council and are all into Latin Mass.

  2. Elkie says:

    The founder of Hillsong, Brian Houston, actively worked to cover up the sexual abuse of nine boys (7-12 yo) despite being legally obligated to inform authorities.

    But what a few ruined lives when there’s religious grifting to be done?

  3. Cidy says:

    That church creeps me out.

  4. Darla says:

    He creeps me out.

  5. BaronSamedi says:

    Incredible how fast he went from an actor I really liked to someone I can’t stand to look at anymore and who’s movies I will actively avoid.

    The whole Evangelical angle has been bugging for years already and since he got with Catherie it only got worse.

    Until he denounces everything US Evangelicals stand for I want nothing to do with him.

    • Ruyana says:


    • Esmom says:

      I feel exactly the same way. I’m not sure why I even clicked on the story. Hearing about his creepy church pretty much puts the last nail in the coffin for me as far as his likability.

    • Kayleigh says:

      Yep, I avoid his movies 100%

    • BengalCat😻 says:

      I was about to write the same thing. He’s gross af.

    • minx says:

      Same, I though he was cute-ish and seemed like a nice enough guy. This and his mistreatment of animals….bye boy.

    • hnmmom says:

      Yup, I can’t look at him the same anymore. He plays adorable well on-screen but seems like in real life, he’s not the same.

      • I can too-easily see him playing a bad guy, now…

        Not a ‘fun’ bad guy, like The Master, in Dr. Who… or Vizinni, in The Princess Bride. But like… some guy who carries on cheerful conversations with the bodies in his basement.

    • tealily says:

      Yeah, I feel the same way. I can’t even look at his face.

      • Tea says:

        Totally agree with everyone else here, I’m getting a strong jerk vibe From him, actively avoiding his films from now on. He just sounds like an insincere, selfish man who chased fame and left his family behind. And now this disturbing church thing.

  6. Anon says:

    So the wedding dress isn’t even back from the drycleaners and she’s already been assigned as caregiver and babysitter while dude goes on about his business.


    If the rumors that she’s already pregnant are true, I suspect she stayed home to avoid the cameras. I dunno. This whole thing just feels rushed and more than a little contrived – on his part. Honestly I feel sorry for this girl.

    • Not Usually Mean says:

      She’s almost 30 years old. I wouldn’t call her a “girl”. The continued infantilization of white women baffles me.

    • minx says:

      I would bet anything she was pregnant when they got married. We’ll hear about it some point and she’ll deliver and people will be counting on their fingers.

  7. MariEmme says:

    I know it’s wrong to tar everyone by the same brush, but I really can’t help side-eyeing any evangelical these days. I think they’ve done a great deal of damage to Christianity and are definitely one of the reasons I mistrust organized religion.

    • Elkie says:

      81% of white evangelicals voted in November 2016 for a morally bankrupt overt racist and admitted sexual predator campaigning on denying access to affordable medical treatment for thirty million Americans
      75% of WEs polled in June 2019 believed the USA has no responsibility to accept refugees (like, erm.. Jesus), no matter how many of them their own country’s military aggression creates
      67% of WEs polled in late 2018 supported the family separation policy and the systematic physical, emotional and sexual abuse of innocent children in concentration camps.

      The real reason Jesus hasn’t returned is because he’s too f***ing embarrassed.

    • Himmiefan says:

      Agree – and I’m a Christian!

  8. Cidy says:

    Their marriage feels so like.. arranged marriage. Like they walked into this creepy church and they were like “AND YOU SHALL BE WED” and they were both like “ok.”

    He rapidly went from someone who was like funny and had potential and was charismatic to this weird nearly cultish celebrity. I dont think much if the cast of P&R speak to him anymore, and I dont think he really likes the beginning of his career. I wonder why and how this change took place or if he was always like this and we didnt know?

    • Meg says:

      Rob Lowe went to his wedding. I too miss his persona from earlier in his parks and recreation early movie star says but he cites his son being born prematurely as why he’s more religious than he used to be. His not being more quiet about the controversial church he frequents does show ignorance on his part

      • Molly says:

        Maybe the birth of his son. Or maybe he’s always been this churchy, GOP’er who spent the early days of his career being more LA and mainstream. Now that he’s rich and famous, he’s letting his roots show again.

    • olive says:

      the transformation came after the birth of his son, from what i understand – his son was premature and had a lot of early health problems and i think chris became very religious after that experience. apparently that’s why he and anna split up, she couldn’t relate to him becoming religious (and likely more right wing!)

      • Algernon says:

        He comes from small town PNW, he was probably always right wing. Once you get out of the cities, the PNW is *very* conservative. It was probably easier for Anna to ignore, though, before his new church started exacerbating his conservatism into something more hardline. I know Anna supposedly relapsed a few years ago, which couldn’t have been easy, but I think they divorced because he wanted more kids and she didn’t/couldn’t, followed by his increasingly churchy lifestyle.

    • I just think he’s dumb and selfish and easily influenced. That’s what it sounds like. Tom Cruise 2.0.

  9. SKF says:

    Neither of them is Hillsong. They both belong to Zoe Church – they’ve been very vocal about it. Zoe Church is run by Chad Veach. Veach is tight with Bieber and the Hillsong guys and sometimes guest preaches there – which is when Pratt was photographed going to Hillsong. Veach comes from a family of preachers and churches. Zoe Church is, like Hillsong and Vous (the Kardashians’ Church whose leader is also close to Bieber) a “cool” church based on conservative Pentecostal teachings. So they are ultra conservatives in disguise. Veach has never made any public comments or taken stances on abortion or homosexuality; but you can gather what he thinks based on Pentecostal leanings and teachings.

    Anywho, Maria Shriver has been a big fan of Veach for a long time. She interviewed him and wrote an article on him. She used to invite him over to her house to preach to her kids. She’s the one who pulled away from Catholicism towards Veach’s Pentecostal-based Church. Katherine attends his church because of her mother.

    • Chaine says:

      Why do all these churches have names that sound like the sofa names at Pottery Barn?

    • Nic919 says:

      Interesting that someone raised Catholic and a Democrat like Maria Shriver would go from a conservative religion to one that is more openly homophobic and anti choice. And more closely linked to the republicans. I can bet that Veach doesn’t say much about these issues publicly so that people like Shriver can pretend they aren’t supporting a homophobic and anti woman institution.

  10. Kitten says:

    I mean, Boston is very Catholic but we have one of those weird Hillsong Churches here, too.
    I’ve never liked Pratt because of the way he treats animals so the weird religious shit is just yet another reason.

    • Kayleigh says:

      What did he do to the animals?!

      • Meg says:

        Gave away one on Twitter because his kid was allergic then when people criticized him he called them crazy cat ladies. Their dog was also found emaciated and abandoned wandering LA after they have it to someone else.

      • olive says:

        i thought he also tweeted about purposefully trying to run over turtles while driving but that was blake shelton, though the two of them aren’t dissimiliar either.

      • Canber says:

        He kills coyotes for fun. He thinks they should be shot and exterminated. He also looks into the coyote’s eyes before killing it (close paraphrase).

        He’s a typical and disgusting illustration of a certain American male.

      • Kitten says:

        Everything Meg and Canber said. It’s a pattern with him. He doesn’t respect animal life which is not surprising if he’s an Evangelical, TBH.

      • Eve says:


        He also said he’d to go in a (killing) safari but said he would not kill an elephant (because he’s *THAT* nice, you see…).

        He said hunting “connected him to God”.

        It’s all here:

    • Whatever Gurl says:

      Eh. Boston USED to be very Catholic.

      Drive around East Boston, North End, Newton, Brookline, Cambridge.

      Catholic Churches have been converted to condos.

      Parochial Catholic schools (with maybe exception of Dorchester) have overwhelmingly closed.

      Boston is very very progressive and liberal now.

      The Boston in the movies and of the 1960s doesn’t exist anymore.

      • Kitten says:

        I’ve lived in Boston for 22 years and while it’s true that the city has changed and become more diverse and more agnostic you’re still wrong if you think that most people here aren’t Catholic. You mentioned East Boston–there is a HUGE percentage of Catholic LatinX population living in Eastie. Catholicism doesn’t belong to just the Irish and white folks.

        According to the latest demographics, 63% of people living in Boston are religious and 48% of them are Catholic. So while things are changing, it’s still the dominating religion here and will likely remain so for quite some time.

      • jennifer says:

        Um, can you name any Boston churches that have been converted into condos? This seems like quite a stretch.

  11. Aenflex says:

    He was always like this and is just moving through life upgrading, like many of us do. Just he upgrades his wives and churches, while I’m here upgrading my kitchen.

  12. Canber says:

    I’m almost certain that this weirdo is slowly preparing the persona appropriate for a political run.

    • Alexis says:

      Yes, this exactly. Ew. I’m over it and him even though I enjoyed him on Parks and Rec.

  13. Whatever Gurl says:

    To Democrat Maria Shriver—still technically married to Arnold (strongly GOP) bc why?:

    Money trumps religion.

    Maria is pleased as punch her daughter married money.

    Money is always the aim here folks.

    Shared religion, shared political views is not a concern here. So please stop with the narrative that the Kennedys are sooooo Catholic bc they are not anymore.
    (We don’t go on and on about NY gov Andrew Cuomo being Catholic and base our analysis of his actions on being Catholic.)

  14. Whatever Gurl says:

    it is precisely because Roman Catholicism is/used to be the state religion in Latin nations (and therefore the Church is supported by the government):

    That so many Latins/Hispanics may identify as culturally Catholic.

    But the facts remain that Catholic Churches and Catholic schools are closing at a rapid rate in the Boston areas, particularly East Boston, Methuen, Lynn, Watertown, Medford, Lawrence.

    If people who identify as Catholic do not financially contribute to the Catholic Church then the Church loses its influence, dominance and power as it is forced to close its churches, schools, seminaries.

    Which is actually happening.

    Check out the Boston archdiocese website on list of closed parishes, hospitals, schools, convents and seminaries.

    The Catholic Church is very weak in progressive Boston.

    Even the North End feasts are more about fried dough and cannoli than the saints.

  15. Jekelly says:

    what catholic School closed in Methuen? I’m from that area and the only one I can think of was an all girl school that closed years ago.

  16. Whatever Gurl says:

    IF Boston is sooooo Catholic, then why no happy hour?

    Why are there still “dry” towns?

    Bc people think Boston = Irish Catholic.

    But Ireland, which didn’t legalize divorce until 1970s, is today very secular and agnostic.

    Things change.

    Italians don’t have large families anymore, the lowest birth rate in Europe.

    Italians are now very liberal and marriage rates are very low, with Italians in Italy choosing to live together.

    Do Italians identify as culturally Catholic? Yes, of course!

    Is the Catholic Church powerful and influential in Italy? Not at all. The Catholic Church does not influence how Italians live anymore.

    I get people like stereotypes because it can be a hassle to be informed….

    • Gobo says:

      Divorce in Ireland was legalised in 1995.

    • Gobo says:

      Divorce was legalised in Ireland in 1995, not the 70s. The number of practicing Catholics has fallen off a cliff over the last couple of decades, but the Church still owns and manages the vast majority of our schools and hospitals. You might want to be a bit better informed yourself…

  17. Mia says:

    Aren’t the Kennedy’s Irish Catholic? I don’t see a Christian of Chris’s type setting foot in a Catholic church. Forgive my ignorance but growing up Catholic my father’s Protestant side made it pretty clear what they thought of my mother’s ‘evil papist pagan worshiping side’ and they were like Anglican so nothing all that different lol. And not only them a lot of other demoninations would grill and judge if I ever said I was raised Catholic that eventually I just stopped answering and keeping private.

    I am surprised at the pairing. He seems like the type who would do the same.

    On another note…something seems disingenuous about him. Could never warm to him at all.

    Edit: I think after reading the thread you guys answered my questions. Very informative all around.

  18. cherriepie84 says:

    Very vanilla couple….zero chemistry. They remind me of the Duggars minus the million kids.

  19. Eve says:

    F*cking hate animal abusers and this a**hole is a certified one.

  20. MeghanNotMarkle says:

    They’re both nothingburgers to me. Animal abusers and crazy cult people aren’t really my thing.

  21. Libby says:

    White evangelicals have a lot to answer for. It’s a travesty that 81% of white evangelicals voted for Trump. But we’re not all the same. Standard polling methodology would categorize me as evangelical (on the basis of a single question), though I don’t think of myself that way at all, and I support
    equal rights for lgbt people and abortion rights. I know a lot of “evangelicals” who feel the same.

  22. Mika says:

    I just dropped by to say that wedding dress is basic AF.