Chris Pratt said he disagrees with the “narrative” that Hollywood is “anti-religious,” saying he has “never had anyone try to shame me to my face.”
“I think that there’s this narrative that exists out there that Hollywood is anti-Christian or anti-religious, but it’s just not the case,” the 39-year-old actor told the Associated Press in an interview posted Wednesday on YouTube.
“They are kind of not anti-anything,” he added. “They are kind of pro-whatever is authentic to you. And I like that.”
Pratt continued, “Because for me it’s authentic for me to be pro-Christian, pro-Jesus. That’s my thing. I like it. And I’ve never had anyone try to shame me to my face.”
The “Guardians of the Galaxy” star explained that even if they did say something about him behind his back it wouldn’t change his faith.
“If that’s the case, go ahead,” Pratt shared. “You can say whatever you want about me, to my face or behind my back. I’m not going to change.”
He also explained that his recent speech at the MTV Movie and TV Awards show about God and praying was just what he felt moved to do.
“I don’t know that I am so much more motivated by necessarily where the world is or if it’s just what I’m feeling called to do right now,” Pratt said. “I think it’s a combination of both things. … it is an authentic thing for me. That kind of a message, it might not be for everybody. But there is a group of people for whom that message is designed.”
“And nothing fills my soul more than to think that maybe some kid watching that would say, ‘Hey, I’ve been thinking about that,” he added. “I’ve been thinking about praying. Let me try that out.’ That’s like the only way I feel like I can repay what has essentially been a giant gift in my life.”