The Guardians of the Galaxy star Chris Pratt denied rumors that Hollywood is anti-religious, but rather kind of pro whatever is authentic to you.
I think that theres this narrative that exists out there that Hollywood is anti-Christian or anti-religious, but its just not the case, Pratt told The Associated Press. They are kind of not anti-anything.
Pratt used his time on stage to share a passionate speech about his belief in God during a recent MTV award show.
Pratt continued by telling viewers to learn to pray, adding Its easy, and its good for your soul.
Pratt told the AP his decision to open up about his faith on stage during the award show stemmed from a combination of the current state of the world, as well as what Im feeling called to do right now.
That kind of a message, it might not be for everybody. But there is a group of people for whom that message is designed, he said. And nothing fills my soul more than to think that maybe some kid watching that would say, Hey, Ive been thinking about that. Ive been thinking about praying. Let me try that out.
Ive never had anyone try to shame me, to my face. Maybe they go say it behind my back. But if thats the case, go ahead. You can say whatever you want about me – to my face or behind my back. Im not going to change.
Religion was recently invoked at the 70th Annual Emmy Awards show on Monday, when co-host Michael Che, alongside his fellow "Saturday Night Live" star Colin Jost, stirred controversy for saying the only white people that thank Jesus are Republicans and ex-crackheads."
Video: Chris Pratt: Sharing religious messages fills my soul
A-list actor Chris Pratt has denied that Hollywood is anti-Christian or anti-religion, and revealed why he’s been so outspoken about his own Christian faith as of late.
In an interview with The Associated Press, Pratt said that he doesn’t believe Hollywood is judgmental for someone having a religion or belief system, and, contrarily, is pretty easygoing with the entire notion.
“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 “Guardians of the Galaxy” actor explained. “They are kind of not anti-anything. They are kind of pro-whatever is authentic to you.
“I like that,” he added. “Because 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.”
Pratt added that even if others were to spew negativity about his faith behind his back, he wouldn’t care.
“If that’s the case, go ahead,” he challenged. “You can say whatever you want about me, to my face or behind my back. I’m not going to change.”
The actor also touched upon what motivates him to speak out on his faith in very public arenas, such as awards shows and during awards acceptance speeches.
“I dont know that I am so much more motivated by where the world is or if its just what Im feeling called to do right now,” he mused. “I think its a combination of both things. … That kind of a message, it might not be for everybody. But there is a group of people for whom that message is designed.”
Pratt added that there are fewer things more fulfilling than being able to hit the right spot at the right time.
“Nothing fills my soul more than to think that maybe some kid watching that would say, Hey, Ive been thinking about that. Ive been thinking about praying. Let me try that out,” he explained. “Thats like the only way I feel like I can repay what has essentially been a giant gift in my life.”
In August, Pratt accepted an award at the Teen Choice Awards, and embarked on an impassioned speech about loving God.
“Im so thrilled to be here; I have not been a teen for quite some time,” Pratt said during the speech. This means a lot to me.
I want to thank God. I always do that when Im up on a big platform in front of a bunch of young faces, the actor added. I love God. Thats my thing, I love him! And you should too!
In June, Pratt delivered another moving speech about Gods love and prayer during an acceptance speech at the MTV Movie Awards.
One such piece of advice was, You have a soul. Be careful with it. He later added, God is real. God loves you, God wants the best for you. Believe that. I do.
Learn to pray. Its easy, and its so good for your soul, Pratt also said, and went on to laud Gods perfect design.