Anna Faris on her divorce from Chris Pratt: ‘there were a lot of things I ignored’

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When Anna Faris and Chris Pratt split in 2017, it was a surprise to many of us. I kept waiting for some affair rumor. But Anna and Chris split their time with their son, Jack, were amicable with each other, even partnering up for some holidays including their new significant others. It was a good example of friendly exes co-parenting. I took that to mean there was no ill will between the former spouses. Anna has been talking about her marriage to Chris a lot more these days. She keeps hinting that all was not well, but she’s not pointing fingers, so I’m still trying to figure out her motive. On her podcast, Unqualified, Anna told Rachel Bilson that her marriage to Chris ended because she’d ignored a few things she shouldn’t have. That and not speaking to anyone about the issues to protect the image of their relationship.

Anna Faris had trouble talking to friends about the issues in her marriage to Chris Pratt.

On the latest episode of her podcast Unqualified, Faris opened up about her relationship with Pratt while speaking to guest Rachel Bilson. During the chat, the House Bunny actress admitted that not having a close group of friends during her marriage to the Guardians of the Galaxy star hurt her ability to talk through issues with Pratt, leading them to keep up appearances.

Faris was first married to actor Ben Indra from 2004 to 2008. She and Pratt were married from 2009 to 2017. The Mom actress shares 8-year-old son Jack with Pratt, 41.

“I think it stunted me in a lot of ways,” Faris, 44, said of not having close girlfriends at the time. “One of them being that I never talked about any issues, so to the people, even who I was closest to, I’m sure things were more transparent with my relationship with Ben, but with Chris, I think that we both protected that imagery even within our close circles.”

When the topic of her divorce came up on the podcast, Faris admitted to finding red flags after her and Pratt’s relationship was over.

“For me, I think after every breakup, at some point I realize that there were a lot of things I ignored that I really shouldn’t have,” she said. “In hindsight, it felt like my hand was forced. I don’t think it was ever an independent decision.”

[From People]

It’s quite possible that this is nothing more than reflection and that Anna and Chris are still as amicable as before. It’s just curious to me that after four years of only speaking well of her ex, Anna is talking about what went wrong. Last month she and Gwyneth Paltrow discussed their failed marriages and Anna addressed her competitiveness with Chris. I’m curious now about those rumors about Chris and Anna’s marriage ending because he didn’t want more kids given that he and Katherine Schwarzenegger had a baby right away. I wonder if that factors into this at all. I understand what Anna means. I bet a lot of celebrity couples don’t confide in others about their issues to protect the image of their relationship. I know non-celebrity couples who do that too. And I know why, because gossiping about other people’s relationships is the first thing people do to make themselves feel better about their own. It’s also the easiest way to continue ignoring the red flags you should be addressing.

Later in the podcast, a woman called in who wanted to end her engagement. Anna supported women doing this, implying she should have, possibly with Chris, “I really feel like calling off an engagement is a smarter, stronger, braver move than what I did, which was like, well, I guess everyone is expecting this, so let’s just go through with it.” We know that Chris was Anna’s jump-off from her first husband, Ben. But Anna clarified she needed an excuse to leave, and Chris provided that. So if she had an affair that broke up her marriage, I could see how she felt obligated to go through with the marriage. I hope Anna is reflecting on her past relationships so she doesn’t make the same mistakes. She’s engaged to Michael Barrett, but they don’t seem in a rush to get married. It could be she’s just looking out for herself for once. Either that or she’s getting ready to unleash a Tell-All on Starlord – either way, I’m here for it.

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  1. Merricat says:

    I think it was the other way around—he wanted more children, she wanted more career. Plus he’s pretty conservative, so he probably considers parenting a full time female occupation. I think there were red flags regarding his conservative beliefs.

    • GrnieWnie says:

      I wouldn’t be surprised if she couldn’t have more children, at least in the sense that it would’ve been very high risk. Her son was a preemie, and I’m about her age and had complications…the risks only grow. When you have had one traumatic experience with creating a child, you don’t want another.

    • sassafras says:

      I think this is entirely it. The “red flags” being him encouraging full time motherhood or somehow putting mothering above her career. I mean, when you’re in the middle of that, you wouldn’t think that was terrible, necessarily. What woman doesn’t appreciate a husband saying, “if you want to stay home, you totally can?” But looking back, she might see subtle ways he undermined her or guilted her into putting their “family” first (especially with a special needs baby) while he was Avenging Marvellously.

  2. smcollins says:

    I thought some of the reasons speculated at the time was *her* not wanting more kids because of what they went through having Jack and Chris’s rising stardom (a classic Hollywood couple excuse when the less famous one becomes the more famous one). I always thought they made a cute couple, but of course I wasn’t privy to the inter workings of their relationship or it’s troubles.

    • Esmom says:

      Funny, I thought they always seemed really mismatched. I’m not exactly sure why, I guess he always struck me as the type who would want a woman who was more of a trophy wife, whose main role was to look good and make him look good. Someone not as feisty as Anna strikes me. I don’t know enough about his new wife to know if she fits that bill either.

      • Nina says:

        Same, they always seemed very mismatched to me

      • Oh_Hey says:

        This exactly. When they got together Anna had been the lead in the scary movie series since 2000 and had shifted to stuff like the house bunny. Mom was a huge property for CBS and the show kind of fell apart when she left. Chris was just getting recognized for something other than Everwood when they met.

        He’s got a huge ego (the anti-worst Chris campaign he had Disney cook up for him) and his head got real big in comparison to Anna. Other than a maybe drinking problem or rejoining their dog, I’ve never heard of her being a dick.

      • Soupie says:

        I agree about the mismatching. They looked cute together but they were mismatched.

    • manda says:

      I thought they were cute too, but I guess it was all part of their image, or maybe not. I have no idea what to believe. But he would GUSH about her during interviews. I remember him talking about braiding her hair, and that she would name their son’s artworks in clever ways (one was “Time is a human construct”), and it seemed like they were happy

  3. Darla says:

    I have no idea, but when Pratt actually sent his new wife out to whine about his being voted “worse chris” online, it was a big whoa moment. I mean, that is one big cry baby and I can’t deal with that kind of thing in a man.

    • whateveryousay says:

      Same.

    • lucky says:

      agree. I feel about him the way a lot of people on here seem to feel about Dax Shepherd (sp?), I think he is mean funny and passive-aggressive. I

  4. Kate says:

    I feel like she’s probably talking more about herself here. There were so many credible rumours about her having a drinking problem in the lead up to their divorce. She was a slurring mess in some of her podcast episodes and Mom seemed to be working around her limitations for a while there. It seemed like instead of dealing with her issues over Chris’s career taking off and her jealousy issues, she started drinking.

    • QueenMeow says:

      That’s what I think too. I think Pratt gets a super bad rap around here bc of his association with that church. People assume he’s super maga bc he hunts and his new wife, but he voted for Obama, and I just don’t think he voted for Trump. Anyway, there are ONLY accounts of him being a super nice guy. When he was married to Anna he would gush about her and how amazing she was. I like both of them equally, and neither is like a favorite of mine, since both have things about them I don’t care for, but I’ve always thought her drinking and competitiveness was what caused the downfall, not cheating or him getting a big head or anything like.

      At the end of the day though it definitely seems like they are better apart and can co-parent amicably, which is great.

      • MissMarirose says:

        I don’t know why anyone would assume he’s MAGA because of his wife. Her dad is vocally anti-Trump and her mom is a Kennedy.

      • Starkille says:

        Goes trophy hunting and dumps away his elderly infirm pets on the internet. Yeah, super nice guy.

  5. Clara says:

    I don’t know about her *just* starting to talk about her marriage. I’ve been listening to her podcast for a while and she has always been open about mistakes in her past relationships, not just her most recent marriage.

  6. whateveryousay says:

    It seemed like she had some jealousy and other issues, but also Chris Pratt seemed to have a whole different change in personality after the birth of their son. He got super religious and conservative and she’s not at all. Maybe she’s wishing she had said something when it first happened instead of trying to just go along with it.

    I just don’t care for Pratt after it’s been shown that guy has ties to some really awful conservatives and the whole we must defend him from Black twitter having fun with a “Worst Chris” poll. Dude is thin skinned as anything. When GotG dries up, I can’t see him doing much besides action roles before he ages out of that.

  7. smee says:

    All I know is, I thought he was magnificent as Andy on P&R. Since he’s become an action hero IDNC…..I wonder if his physical transformation changed his personality, ego, vibe…..

    I more interested in knowing why she abruptly left Mom.

    • Lucy2 says:

      I love P&R so much and he was great as Andy. It’s been a real bummer to see who he has turned into. Once he started to have film success, and got in shape for that movie, his ego seem to take over.
      That, plus the switching of their roles were suddenly he was the more famous of the two, it’s not surprising their marriage didn’t work anymore.

    • mellie says:

      Me too! I loved that show and Allison Janney is awesome, but when she left it just messed up the whole dynamic.

    • Ann says:

      Yeah, he was so lovely on that show and they seemed like a cute laid-back couple. I’m not sure about him since he toned up and turned action star. He just doesn’t seem that likable any more and Anna, whatever her faults, does to me.

  8. Smalltown Girl says:

    Like a few others here, I always assumed it was the other way: he wanted more kids and she didn’t, because of the trauma of her son’s birth. Plus, yes, there were some rumours about her having a drinking problem, which I think could have also contributed, but if she was feeling isolated that could also contribute.

  9. DS9 says:

    I find it interesting and relatable when celebrities discuss the end of relationships that didn’t fall apart over one big issue like cheating or whatever.

    Marriage often fails and it usually fails due to small issues wearing away at it over time.

  10. JC says:

    Same re: mismatch. I’m actually a lot more curious about why she left her sitcom so suddenly.

  11. Steph says:

    I’m surprised no one’s but my mind straight to abuse. Isolation like that is a huge red flag to me.

  12. Courtney B says:

    I don’t think she’s being shady here. Talking about ‘ignoring’ things could just be ignoring things like not noticing you weren’t spending time together (and not noticing because it didn’t matter) , that you’d stopped thinking about yourself as a couple too but rather as parents only. Those little things that become issues later on, often when it’s too late to do anything and you’ve just grown apart. Especially since they do still seem friendly.

  13. lisa says:

    you mean the guy who gave your cat to a stranger and then made fun of the stranger publicly was a jerk? NO WAY

  14. nicegirl says:

    Interesting

  15. Heat says:

    After any relationship ends, it’s easy to look back on the ignored ‘red flags’. If there hadn’t been any issues, they’d still be together.

    • tealily says:

      That’s true. Sometimes what you see as “compromise” during a relationship looks more like “red flags” in hindsight.

  16. emu says:

    When I started my new job, a coworker was talking about how she ended her engagement somewhat recently. I said good for you. She said I was the only person who had said that to her – most people were like “oh I’m so sorry”. I mean, I don’t know all that went on in their relationship, but if you’re seriously considering ending the engagement, there has to be a reason. Don’t just go through with it because other people expect you to. GIRL POWER!

    Also, I like how she emphasized the importance of talking through issues. It helps clarify what is really an issue and what is an annoyance and what really you should work on yourself.

    Hopefully he and his new wife are cool with Anna bringing him up constantly.

  17. Hello kitty says:

    The condescending post he did on his current wife’s cooking tells me everything I need to know about what kind of husband he is. I still hate him to this day for it.

  18. Kfg says:

    He’s a crazy trumper and kind of a bigot. And being conservative is code for racist that hates the poor.

  19. MyJobIsToPrincess says:

    I’m happy people are more and more willing to talk the truth about life. About what happened in the past we thogt was ok, but isnt ok. There’s a lot to learn from people who oepned up. I don’t think it’s shady or anything. There’s always a reason behind every breakup, and obviously, most of the time it’s not goign to be a super positive one.

  20. jferber says:

    I didn’t like when Pratt blamed Faris when he got fat (she made desserts). Also, he posted a pic of the burned meal Katherine made for him. I see him as highly critical of women, judgmental, etc. I’d have dumped him, too. By the way, Chris, your fat is YOUR responsibility.

  21. Shannon says:

    I remember once watching them on Top Chef, and thinking they were so cute. They were a couple I hoped would last longer. I will also admit that after they divorced I no longer liked Pratt.

  22. Isabella says:

    They still own a lot of property near each other in Washington State, so I think they are friendly.

  23. Jenn says:

    I really, really like her. Her openness about having lacked female friendships is oddly poignant; being the “cool girl” is ultimately super self-destructive and lonely.

    I never watched P&R but I had SUCH a thing for CP back when I thought of him as a sweet, squishy himbo, and he and AF were one of my favorite celebrity couples. But as soon as he got shredded it became difficult to ignore how judgmental he seemed, even in casual conversation. Which is fine, I guess, but when one partner struggles with shame to begin with… not helpful. I’m glad they were able to part amicably.