Actor Chris Pratt has been the center of much controversy over the years. After his acceptance speech from the 2018 MTV Awards, people began to believe he was associated with Hillsong Church, Deadline. At the time, the church was accused of being anti-LGBTQ+ and the founding pastor “resigned” after being embroiled in allegations of sexual assault. Pratt recently denied his affiliation with the church. “I didn’t know I was going to become the face of religion, even though I’m not actually a religious person,” he said in an interview with Men’s Health. “I’ve never been to Hillsong. I’ve never been to Hillsong. I don’t know anyone from this church.”
Whether people believe him or not, it’s clear that he’s been receiving backlash since “abandon culture” became a relevant thing in today’s society. In 2021, Pratt published a dedication post to his second wife, Katherine Schwarzenegger, on Instagram. He thanked her for an “amazing life” and a “healthy daughter.” People took this as a jab at his first wife, Anna Faris, and the premature son they had together, per BuzzFeed.
These aren’t the first instances where Pratt has sparked controversy. The actor was also in a semi-controversial relationship before starring in Parks and Recreation and before he was known as Peter Quill aka Star-Lord.
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Chris Pratt dated his Everwood co-star Emily VanCamp. The two actors played siblings on the show The Things. Pratt and VanCamp join a long list of celebrity couples who have portrayed siblings, according to the insider. That list includes Peter Krause and Lauren Graham from Parenthood, Matthew Broderick and Jennifer Gray from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, and Selena Gomez and David Henrie from Wizards of Waverly Place.
“Yeah, we got pretty used to the ‘Eww, that’s weird’ reaction,” Pratt told TV Guide in 2006. “People who know us are happy and probably expected it to happen at some point. But yeah, every once in a while, that one person comes along and says, ‘This is really scary. You just kissed your sister.'” Pratt admitted the two also found it a little strange at first, but eventually ditched their love for one another. The actors would “sneak a kiss here and there,” but mostly stayed professional while filming for the show.
This wouldn’t be the only time VanCamp has dated an actor who ended up being her on-screen sibling. According to Elite Daily, the actor was also dating Dave Annable, who played VanCamp’s half-brother Justin on ABC’s Brothers and Sisters. While some people might have gotten over the on-screen siblings thing, others still gave backlash to other things in the relationship.
It runs in the family
Not only did Chris Pratt and Emily VanCamp get the “that’s weird” comments from on-screen siblings, but people also had a bit of an issue with the age difference, since Pratt was 25 and VanCamp was a few years younger when they gave their date. This has people wondering if the two dated when VanCamp was a minor.
And maybe it’s something about family connections that attracts VanCamp. Aside from dating two on-screen brothers, the actress also got some backlash for her role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Sharon Carter. Fans were a little confused when their character kissed Steve Rogers aka Captain America, knowing that Steve’s true love was Peggy Carter, Sharon’s great aunt. “I mean, look, you gotta laugh,” VanCamp told Variety in 2021 about the kiss. “Some of these storylines play out and some don’t. But you know, I thought this would be an amazing movie. It’s just one of those things.”
In the end everything worked out. Pratt, as previously mentioned, is now married to Katherine Schwarzenegger, and Emily VanCamp has tied the knot with her “Revenge” co-star Josh Bowman, welcoming their first child in 2021.