Chris Pratt Tells The Story Behind His First Headshot Photo On Jimmy Fallon

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The Parks and Recreation actor, Chris Pratt, appeared on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon last night to promote his hosting gig on Saturday Night Live. A job he says he has been preparing for since his student days at Washington’s Lake Stevens High School. But was not all the actor and the night show host talked about.

Pratt recently shared his first headshot with fans via Twitter for #throwbackthursaday. He explained, “I was 20 years old in that picture. I guess it was the year 2000. I just moved to LA. I knew I wanted to be an actor. I had no idea what to do to become an actor. I had a car and that was it. I’d asked around and my friend said, ‘What you need is something called a headshot, and that’s a picture of your head.'”


“I knew I needed a headshot and I was in an area of LA called West Hollywood… a predominately gay area, a really kind of fabulous place. I was at the post office and there was a guy who was really looking at me for a long time. And he was like, ‘You look familiar. Have I shot you before?’ I was like ‘Oh, I’ve never been shot! Have you shot somebody? I don’t think you’ve ever shot me. I would know!”

Pratt continues, “He was like, ‘I’m a photographer.’ In my head, I’m like, ‘Do you do headshots?’ He’s like, ‘Yeah, my apartment is two blocks from here.’ I was like, ‘Yeah, let’s go!.”

Not thinking about the potential dangers that could arise from going to a strangers apartment, he arrives at the photographer’s “really nice” penthouse suite. “He’s like, ‘You probably need to take a shower. You’re a little messed up.’ He was right. I lived in a car. I took a shower, I got cleaned up, I did my hair, as you can see—picked it out a little. And then he was like, ‘That shirt’s not gonna do. Here’s one of mine.’ He gave me this shirt that’s in the picture. It’s a white shirt. It’s a nice shirt. I couldn’t afford this shirt. I had that shirt and then he takes the pictures. He tells me what to do: tilt my head, put my arm like this.  He takes the film out of the camera, sticks it in the thing, hands me three rolls of camera film, which at the time would have cost me like $400-$500 bucks. Headshots are not inexpensive. And he was like, ‘Good Luck, kid’

“I walked out of there and then I decided that this was the best one. He was a good guy. So if you’re watching dude, if you remember, thank you… That got me The WB. That got me Everwood.”

Yeah who’s laughing now.

Watch the interview below


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