Parks & Recreation’s Chris Pratt used to be a stripper

Chris Pratt Shirtless - Former Stripper

If you follow Chris Pratt on Instagram, you know the Parks & Recreation star looks pretty darn good without a shirt… So good, in fact, people used to pay to watch him strip down!

“I was always a very much naked person. I loved to always get naked. I was very free, so I thought, I may as well get paid,” Chris told Buzzfeed, explaining he performed a couple of private shows when he was 18.

Although Chris had to body to make it as a stripper, he admits he couldn’t rival Magic Mike.

“I did go one time and audition on a stage for a club, but I don’t think I got the job. I don’t think I’m a very good dancer,” the 34-year-old actor said.

To supplement the cash he earned from performing at birthdays and bachelorette parties, Chris did a variety of odd jobs before landing his breakthrough role on Everwood.

Young Chris Pratt Everwood

Since Everwood, Chris demonstrated his versatility with roles in Academy Award-winning Zero Dark Thirty, Moneyball and the upcoming Delivery Man. Ironically, it was the new comedy that pushed Chris’ limits the most.

“By gaining a s**t ton of weight, I affected not only the way I looked, but also that rhythm. I felt terrible. I felt mentally dull. I felt that I wasn’t fulfilling my duties as a husband in the bedroom. I felt no sexual desire. I felt really, legitimately depressed,” he said of gaining 60 pounds for his role as Vince Vaughn’s despondent friend. “And it wasn’t the first time I’ve been big through the course of my life. I’ve always been just teetering on that scale and I’ve been bigger for different roles. And when I’m big, I have body image issues just like anybody else.”

Once filming wrapped earlier this year, Chris was eager to get back in shape.

Chris Pratt and Anna Farris
^ Chris and wife Anna Faris.

“I also was really hoping that I’d be able to lose all the weight by the premiere, so it would be a choice,” Chris said. “Whereas if I was like, still 300 pounds, with this premiere coming up and I told people I gained weight for the role, they’d be like, “Umm, I think you just got fat.'”

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