America loves celebrities. We look to celebrities and media for entertainment and sometimes even to find inspiration. While there’s no shortage of scandal and intrigue in today’s media, there are quite a lot of inspiring celebrities out there spreading positivity. One of my favorite good-guys of 2015 is actor Chris Pratt.
Pratt recently made headlines after he posted a video of himself and his young son, Jack, saying the Pledge of Allegiance together this Memorial Day. Pratt wrote, along with the video: “I’m proud to be American.” The video of Pratt and his son paying respect to their country for Memorial Day has reached over a million people, encouraging us all with its positive message.
Chris Pratt, who is married to actress Anna Ferris, continually sets a solid example with glimpses we get of his personal life and in his public decisions as an actor. Since his role in Marvel’s hit superhero film “Guardians of the Galaxy,” Pratt has made visits to Children’s hospitals in character as Star-Lord, spending quality time with delighted kids and arranging special screenings of the film.
No doubt Chris Pratt’s own life has moved him to reach out to these children; Pratt is open about the difficult birth of his little son. Jack Pratt was born nine weeks early and had to stay in intensive neonatal care until he weighed just over five pounds and could finally be taken home.
At last year’s March of Dimes Celebration of Babies, Pratt said this about being a father: “I’ve done all kinds of cool stuff as an actor,” the box-office heavyweight added. “I’ve gotten to jump out of helicopters and do daring stunts and play baseball in a professional stadium, but none of them mean anything compared to being somebody’s daddy.”
In a world where negativity often overwhelms mainstream media, it’s a wonderful surprise when actors and actresses celebrate the things that matter most: life, love, and family.