Being a father has shaken Chris Pratt to the core – starting with son's frightening premature arrival.
In August 2012, the Guardians of the Galaxy star and his wife, Mom actress star Anna Faris, welcomed baby Jack a full nine weeks early and endured fear, paranoia, and a myriad of other emotions as their child was kept in an intensive care unit for the first month of his life.
"We were scared for a long time," Pratt opened up to People. "We prayed a lot."
He and Faris, 37, also spent every moment they could with their tiny, new son. "The baby was so beautiful to us, and I look back at the photos of him and it must have been jarring for other people to come in and see him, but to us he was so beautiful and perfect."
Still, this trying time did have a silver lining of sorts. "It showed me who in my life is really close to me," the 35-year-old thesp explained. "It brought me closer to my family and it restored my faith in God, not that it needed to be restored, but it really redefined it."
Thankfully, Jack is doing well now. "He's such a fighter, he's amazing," the proud papa gushed.
Parenthood also sparked a dramatic shift in priorities for the leading man and his comedienne wife. "Our number one priority was attempting to conquer this town as actors and we supported each other in our quests. Now with a kid, our priority list has shifted, and he's at the top of it."
Even though Jack is number one, that doesn't mean Chris isn't thinking about other kids as well. In fact, the actor recently admitted that he took home pieces of his Guardians of the Galaxy costume so that if he starts to be seen as a superhero as a result of the film, he can go visit sick children in the hospital in character. It seems a safe bet that his own experience with his newborn son in the ICU triggered Pratt's desire to help.
"I stole the jacket and some of the wardrobe so that, if this movie comes out and does what everyone hopes it can, I can follow the example of someone — say, like, a Russell Wilson, you know — and go visit kids," he told Panzer TV. (Russell Wilson is the Seattle Seahawks quarterback who is known for visiting children's hospitals every week. Johnny Depp and Andrew Garfield are among other celebrities known for visiting sick children in character.)
"If it was a big enough movie, to where it would mean something to a kid who's sick in the hospital for Peter Quill or Star-Lord to come visit them, I'll do that," he explained before adding, "I think that's awesome, man. That would give me real meaning for this movie, you know?"
Naturally, he also hopes Jack one day enjoys the film. "The coolest things would be that my son can one day see this and that maybe I can go affect some kids in a positive way, [and] be a good role model for them," he shared.
His aim, for now, might be to set a good example for his son, but Pratt's already hoping for a role reversal in the future. Speaking about Jack, Pratt told People, "He's so open and there's no fear in him no matter what. He is so charming that my plan is to just let him take care of us as soon as he's old enough."
That's probably still at least a few years away (since Jack's barely 2-years-old!), but something tells us that Chris is going to make a lot of kids —including his own — very happy in the meantime.