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Chris Pratt was found while waiting tables at Bubba Gump’s in Hawaii

Chris Pratt was found while waiting tables at Bubba Gump's in Hawaii

Chris Pratt was found while waiting tables at Bubba Gump’s in Hawaii

Throwback to when American actor Chris Pratt was just 19 years old and working as a server at Bubba Gump Shrimp Company restaurant in Maui when he ended up waiting on actress-director Rae Dawn Chong (“The Color Purple”).  

She captivated Pratt while hyping up the acting skills he’d cultivated in high school plays as she was casting her first directorial effort, a short horror comedy called “Cursed Part 3.”

“I was like, ‘You’re in the movies, right? ‘I’ve always wanted to be in movies,” the Tomorrow War actor told Entertainment Weekly of his meeting with Chong.

She said, “You’re cute. Do you act?’ I was like, ‘Goddamn right I act! Put me in a movie!”⁠ Pratt said.

was cast in the film by Chong, and he relocated to Los Angeles to pursue his acting career.

The movie “sucked,” Chong told Entertainment Weekly, and it was never released.⁠

But Pratt says the movie still changed his life. “The moment she told me she was bringing me to L.A., I knew, “I was like, ’This is what I’m going to do with the rest of my life,” he told.⁠


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