Chris Pratt recently got engaged to Katherine Schwarzenegger and fans are curious to know more about her. The world was crushed when Pratt divorced his ex-wife, Anna Faris. It may be hard to imagine him with anyone else but it seems like he and Katherine are the real deal. So who is the woman that stole Chris Pratt’s heart?
There’s more to Katherine than a pretty face. She is very successful in her own right. She is the author of three books, ranging from self-help to children’s literature. Not only that, Katherine curates a lifestyle blog. She’s been a guest host on The View and vlogs for InStyle magazine. This girl is no shrinking violet. Not to mention that her parents are very famous. Yet, she totally holds her own, despite her last name.
From the moment photos surfaced of her on a romantic picnic with Chris, the couple has been spotted enjoying time together. It sounds like these two have a lot in common and share their passions. Family is important to both of them and we predict that it won’t be long until they start their own. Here are 20 things we love to know about Katherine.
20 She Has Famous Parents
Katherine Schwarzenegger has two very famous parents. Yes, her dad is THAT Schwarzenegger, the one that was the Terminator, Arnold Schwarzenegger. Her mom is Maria Shriver, an American journalist. Despite the fact that her parents split in 2011, the family remains close.
According to Yahoo, Katherine spoke with AOL about her tight-knit family. “My mom is my best friend, and we do everything together,” she said. “My whole family is super-close; I’m very close to my dad and all my siblings — we literally do everything together… I really don’t do anything without them, which is a good thing and a bad thing.”
19 She Is A Kennedy
Not only does Katherine have famous parents but she also has quite the pedigree. Maria Shriver’s mother was President John F. Kennedy’s sister, Eunice. This means that Katherine’s family tree has deep political roots.
So, does Katherine feel pressure to live up to her great Aunt Jackie’s classic style? She told Hello: "Of course you look at pictures of [Jackie Kennedy], pictures of different people in our family or in our world, and you want to try to emulate some of that. But I think just really embracing your own style and dressing for your body type is definitely something that I would like to do.”
18 She Worked In Retail
You would be totally mistaken to assume that Katherine was born with a silver spoon in her mouth. Her parents actually made her get a job in retail when she was a teenager. It was a great experience for her and she claims to have learned a lot about herself during that time.
She told Marie Claire: "I spent my whole summers and a lot of days after school and on the weekends working in this store [in LA], folding clothes over and over again, and I think being able to do jobs like that really gives you a great foundation for who you are and who you become."
17 She Graduated From The University of Southern California
Chris Pratt's fiancé is one smart cookie. She graduated from the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California in 2012. This means that she has both beauty and brains. You might think that she would feel pressured to go into acting or the political world, but she chose to go her own way.
She spoke with Hello about the expectations her parents had for her career path.
“Both of my parents definitely taught us when we were younger that it didn’t matter what we did in life as long as we worked hard and found our passion,” she said.
16 She Is An Author
Katherine is also an author. In 2010, she wrote Rock What You've Got: Secrets to Loving Your Inner and Outer Beauty from Someone Who's Been There and Back. She published her second book in 2014, I Just Graduated . . . Now What? In 2017, she wrote Maverick and Me.
She opened up to Marie Claire about being a young author. "When I did my first book, a lot of people were like, 'Why would you do a book at such a young age? It's so crazy to do that while you're in college!'" she said. "For me, I never looked at the age factor—I just saw it as something I really wanted to talk about."
15 She Is An Animal Lover
Another passion for Katherine is her love of animals. Her IG account is filled with pics of her posing with adorable furry creatures. She even wrote her first children’s book, Maverick and Me, in an effort to expose children to the benefits of pet adoption.
She stopped by Us Weekly to discuss what inspired her to write the book and it had everything to do with her sweet dog, Maverick. “I wanted to write this book because I saw how kids reacted to me having my dog and the fact that you could get a dog that came with a story,” she said.
14 She Is A Lifestyle Blogger
Beyond being an esteemed author, Katherine is also a lifestyle blogger. She discusses all sorts of things on her personal site, from yummy recipes to style tips, and she encourages women to embrace their beauty and live their best life.
"The goal here is to have a lifestyle site that you not only find helpful and entertaining but also becomes a place you turn to for guidance, community, and a girlfriend vibe," she wrote on her site's welcome page. "I wanted to create a site that had everything in one place, but also had a community vibe at the same time."
13 She Is A Social Media Influencer
Katherine also has social media savvy as an IG influencer. Her social media accounts often show pics of her promoting products that she believes in. As an example, she posted a pic of herself smiling in the bathroom mirror with beauty products on her counter.
She captioned the pic: "Lately I’ve been trying a lot of natural beauty products but I’m obsessed with two creamy coconut-scented body care products from @Toms_of_Maine. I love that their ingredients are naturally-derived and, if coconut isn't your thing, the body wash and beauty bars also come in other scents like Lavender & Shea, Orange Blossom and Morning Mint..." #ad #NaturallyInspired”
12 She Promotes Body Positivity
Katherine was an intern for the Dove Campaign for Real Beauty. She took the internship because she was interested in public relations. Even though she didn’t go that route, her time at Dove inspired her to write the book, Rock What You've Got: Secrets to Loving Your Inner and Outer Beauty from Someone Who's Been There and Back.
“I got really fired up about the whole issue of body image and how much pressure the media puts on young women to look and be a certain way and how unrealistic that is,” she told the Tampa Bay Business Journal. “I wrote my first book based on all that.”
11 She Is A Huge Beyonce Fan
Katherine is a total Beyonce fan. The Hollywood Reporter caught up with Katherine in West Hollywood at an event to support Best Buddies International and asked her whose shoes she'd want to walk in for a day if she could.
“I would 100 percent say Beyonce,” she answered. “I would love to walk in her shoes for the day and see what it would be like. I've admired her for a really long time, and her shoe game is always really on point, so that's a plus too. I'd also love to know how she dances in those heels, so I just think I would learn a lot!”
10 She Is An Ambassador For ASPCA
When it comes to charity work, Katherine puts her focus on helping animals. She is the ASPCA Ambassador and also supports the Best Friends Animal Charity. She’s totally making a difference. According to Hello, she was included on the Create Cultivate's 100 list for philanthropy.
Katherine wrote: "I've always been a lover of all animals and I feel so lucky to be able to work with the @aspca to be a voice for the voiceless. I've loved sharing my book #maverickandme with kids and spreading the word about the #adoptdontshop mission while getting to meet so many pups that need homes."
9 Her Mom Set Her Up With Chris Pratt
So how did Chris Pratt and Katherine meet? According to People, it was her mom who introduced them. “Maria helped set them up,” an insider said, adding, "It’s still new.” The two were spotted in public together many times before they made their relationship official.
Tabloids published many photos of the duo and they both looked very happy in all the pics. Fans began to wonder just how serious the lovebirds were and speculated that an engagement would soon follow. “Chris and Katherine are very happy together,” said the family insider. “They’re very compatible and have a lot in common.”
8 She Enjoys Low-Key Dates
The couple was first spotted together on a romantic picnic on Father’s Day 2018. They were all smiles as photographers snapped pics of their sweet date. The duo was spotted all summer going on all sort of low-key dates. From spending time with her family to riding scooters in Los Angeles, it seems like Katherine likes to keep it simple.
“It’s only been a couple of months, but they’re both serious about the relationship and hopeful for the future,” a source close to the couple told People. “Chris doesn’t just date to date, and neither does Katherine. She’s very excited.”
7 Her And Chris Share The Same Faith
Chris and Katherine have many things in common and one passion that they share is their faith. They are often spotted attending church services together and both of them have separately been vocal about their beliefs.
There is no doubt that this connection only deepens their relationship and more than likely played a big hand in their decision to spend the rest of their lives together. “Family is very important to both of them, as well as their spirituality,” an insider told People. “She’s very, very sweet and maternal and great with his son.”
6 Chris Gave Her The Cutest Nickname
The first pic that Chris posted of Katherine on social media was a birthday message for his new love. He shared a collage on IG of personal photos and wrote the caption: "Happy Birthday Chief! Your smile lights up the room. I've cherished our time together. Thrilled God put you in my life. Thankful for the laughs, kisses, talks, hikes, love, and care.”
Beyond the fact that he wrote the sweetest note ever, we also learned that he has the cutest nickname for Katherine. How adorable is it that he calls her “Chief”? It’s so fun to get a bit of insight into their relationship.
5 She Said "Yes" After Dating Chris For Eight Months
Chris asked Katherine to marry him and announced their engagement on IG. “Sweet Katherine, so happy you said yes! I’m thrilled to be marrying you. Proud to live boldly in faith with you. Here we go!” The actor captioned a photo of himself kissing Schwarzenegger’s head.
Chris admitted to Extra that he was super nervous to ask Arnold for his blessing. “Well, you know, I think any person who appreciates a tradition and asks a father for his daughter’s hand in marriage…it's inevitably going to be something that makes you a little nervous, but that's sort of the beauty of it, you know?” he said.
4 She's Bonded With His Son, Jack
Katherine has totally bonded with Chris Pratt’s son, Jack. The trio has been spotted in Los Angeles and was even snapped having a cute ice cream date after they had attended a church service. They also spent Halloween together, and Anna Faris was in on the fun. It sounds like everyone is coming together for Jack.
An insider spoke with People about the special time Katherine has spent with Jack and by the looks of it, they get along so well. “They are spending every day together and Katherine has met Jack several times,” the source said. “They seem to be getting more serious.”
3 She And Chris Plan To Have Children
During a red carpet event for Lego Movie 2: The Second Part, Chris stopped to chat with Entertainment Tonight and he opened up about what he envisions for his future with his wife-to-be, Katherine. "The future? Oh. Lots of kids," he shared.
"Maybe less time spent working, more time spent enjoying life," he continued. "I always want to be that guy that works to live, not lives to work. I think [I want to spend] just a lot of time at the farm and a lot of time catching a lot of fish and seeing lots of sunsets."
2 She'll Have A Winter Wedding
The question on everyone’s mind is exactly when the wedding will take place. Seeing that they had a quick road to their engagement, we’d guess that the nuptials will take place sooner rather than later. Chris spoke to Us Weekly at the premiere of The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part.
When asked how the wedding planning was coming along, Chris had this to say: "A little, you know, maybe fall, winter kind of thing and you know, we've got a lot to get done." It sounds like he’s pretty involved in the planning. Be on the lookout for a winter wedding!
1 She Has Anna's Blessing
The world was heartbroken when Chris ended his marriage to Anna Faris. They totally seemed like a grounded Hollywood couple. They co-parent their son, Jack, and have remained good friends after their split. Anna's since moved on with her new boyfriend, Michael Barrett.
So, how does Anna feel about Chris marrying Katherine? Well, if social media tells us anything, then she’s totally cool with it and even left a message of congratulations on their engagement announcement. “I’m so happy for you both!!” Anna wrote on IG, commenting on Chris's sweet post. “Congratulations!”
It sounds like Chris and Katherine totally have Anna’s blessing.