Chris Pratt is poised to become America’s new favorite celebrity (perhaps even its new J. Law). But who is Chris Pratt, really? Turns out that long before he was Star-Lord, long before he was Burt Macklin FBI, he was just like the rest of us: A dweeby, chubby-cheeked high-school senior with a bad haircut. Reddit user warped_and_bubbling went to high school with him, and today he shared a veritable goldmine of Chris Pratt throwback pics.
For starters, there’s an adorably dorky senior yearbook photo:
And here’s his slightly less-dorky junior-year photo, complete with hot ‘90s trend item, the camo tee:
As a recipient of the vaunted “Class Clown” title, Pratt clearly cut his comedic chops in the halls and classrooms of Washington State’s Lake Stevens High School (no word on what his fellow honoree is up to these days, although she looks pretty fun):
The redditor who shared the photos writes of Pratt’s high school antics: The one memory that jumps to mind was how good of a moonwalker he was. Seriously, we had one of those pep rally type assemblies once and in the course of one of the “rah-rah” type skits that he was involved in a Michael Jackson song hit and he absolutely nailed it.
Bring this bit to Fallon, please! The story checks out: According to a website associated with Lake Stevens High School, complete with yet another adorable vintage photo, Pratt “helped created a variety of wild and memorable assemblies that quickly became a part of Lake Stevens High School folklore.” Here’s a photo from one of said assemblies, where he appears to be administering to some T-Birds (unclear)?
And here’s him dominating another kid at a high school wrestling match, a skillset he presumably learned from watching Roadhouse:
Keep doing you, Chris Pratt.