That Awkward Tim McGraw Run-In

How Things Got Weird for Chris Pratt

When you’re a star as big as Tim McGraw, everyone wants to meet you. Even other stars, like Chris Pratt.

The film and TV actor — Guardians of the Galaxy, Jurassic World, Passengers, Parks and Recreation and more — admitted to Seth Meyers on his Late Night show that he is a big fan of McGraw. So when the two men were both walking out of the Academy Awards together, Pratt decided that that was his moment to start a conversation.

“I have his cologne, Southern Blend. It’s really good. Anna [Faris] loves it,” Pratt said of his wife. “She always knows if I put a little Southern Blend on, she’s going to have to endure some love making.”

That would normally be something you keep to yourself, but because Pratt said he was star struck at the sight of McGraw, this is how their first run-in went.

“I’m looking at Tim McGraw, and as we’re filing out, I’m getting closer and closer, and I’m thinking, ‘This is my chance to talk to Tim McGraw.’ And he catches me staring at him a few times. And I say — he performed a song that night — I say, ‘Tim, that was a great song tonight.’ And he was like, ‘Thank you,’ but in the ‘I’m going to avoid you, you might be a weirdo.’ And I said, ‘I’m just a huge fan of both you and [Faith Hill].’ He’s like, ‘Thank you, thank you.'”

Pratt should have just left well enough alone, but after McGraw’s last comment, Pratt spritzed a little awkward on their talk.

“I said, ‘I’m wearing your cologne,'” Pratt recalled. “I’m not sure if he was just being polite, but he was like, ‘Aw, thank you.'”

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