Chris Pratt is taking some time off. News at 11.
After working non-stop for more than a year, the actor recently announced that he's taking six months off from making movies to basically hang with his wife, actress Anna Faris, and their 3-year-old son, Jack, who may just be the cutest kid we've ever seen.
"I've been on the road for 14 months—I did three movies back to back to back—so I'm taking six months off," he told Parade, adding that his plans include building forts on the beach in the San Juan Islands where the couple owns a home.
Nice non-work if you can get it!
Since announcing his decision, the celeb dad has been praised by the media for being a "family man" and "having his priorities in order." And while I think it's pretty awesome that this totally in-demand actor wants to spend more time with his adorable fam—remember that time he took Jack fishing?—I also think we all need to take a time-out here for a hot sec before we blindly hand over that Best Dad Ever statue.
Because here's the thing—being able to take six months off is a luxury most of us can't afford. And I'm pretty sure there are plenty of other working parents out there who would, I don't know, give up a kidney or whatever to be able to spend half a year in a small archipelago in the Northwest corner of the contiguous United States doing nothing but inhaling that sweet island air and occasionally roasting marshmallows.
But they are too busy adulting and making a living—and quite frankly, they can't afford to just up and leave, thanks to our country's paltry take on parental leave policies.
Chris Pratt can, though, so good for him.
Does he really have to go around and be all braggy about it, though? I mean, I know he's, like, totally hot and all, and I'm sure he's a great husband and father. But if he had just packed up his posse and boarded a passenger ferry would we have even known he was gone? He's got a movie hitting theaters this weekend, and another one coming out in December, so it will kind of feel like he's still here working anyway. Would it have really been too much to ask for him to just keep his insane good fortune on the downlow?
And then there's this: Can you imagine what the response would have been if Anna Faris had been the one boasting about taking a six-month breather after working for a year? Pretty sure she would have been raked over the coals for being a bad mom who needed to take a break because she clearly couldn't handle the responsibility of working while trying to raise a child.
Double standards are so annoying, aren't they?
On the bright side, at least the sabbatical will give Pratt plenty of time to perfect his hair-braiding skills, so at least Faris will benefit from that.