Why Did Katherine Schwarzenegger’s Mom Set Her Up With Chris Pratt?

Chris Pratt and Katherine Schwarzenegger
Chris Pratt and Katherine Schwarzenegger | Rich Polk/Getty Images

Katherine Schwarzenegger and Chris Pratt are one of Hollywood’s cutest and most talked about couples. Their engagement has been all over the headlines for weeks now, and fans can’t seem to learn enough about the couple – mostly because there is still so much to learn! Schwarzenegger and Pratt managed to keep a lot of their relationship a secret until recently.

One thing most fans know by now is that the adorable young couple were set up by Katherine Schwarzenegger’s mom, Maria Shriver. But why did she set them up? Here’s what we know.

Katherine and Chris are both involved in church

The main driver behind the celebrity matchmaking was that both Katherine Schwarzenegger and Chris Pratt are involved in the church. Since this is a pretty core principal in a person’s life, Shriver assumed the two would have a lot in common. She was right, of course, and she probably noted the other similarities they shared.

Pratt and Schwarzenegger enjoy the outdoors

In addition to being highly involved with the church, Pratt and Schwarzenegger share a love of the outdoors. Katherine enjoys going on bike rides, and Chris is known to “get away from it all” at a large outdoor ranch. And, let’s not forget that a cozy picnic date is how the press first got wind the two might be together.

They don’t take themselves too seriously

Some people tend to take themselves very seriously, and this is especially true of celebrities. Having the press watching your every move can do that to you. Katherine Schwarzenegger and Chris Pratt, however, have not fallen victim to this – as evident by their numerous silly Instagram images.

Their ability to laugh at themselves is also evident when the two are interviewed. They can be seen laughing and enjoying themselves, even when they end up being the butt of an interviewer’s harmless joke.

Both are down to earth people

Both Katherine Schwarzenegger and Chris Pratt are, at their core, very down to earth people. They enjoy the simpler things in life versus the glitz and glamour of Hollywood life. They spend time with church functions, family gatherings, and picnic dates.

When Pratt wants to get away from it all, he does it at his ranch or at unique travel destinations. Schwarzenegger also enjoys unique travel destinations, as well as simple past times like cooking and reading. (She is an author, after all.)

They’re private people

Another thing the two share in common is they avoid the spotlight as much as possible. Both Katherine Schwarzenegger and Chris Pratt prefer to avoid the press versus bask in their presence. This was made increasingly obvious as the two tried to keep their relationship a secret for as long as possible.

It took around three months for the press to spot them at that cozy picnic, and the rumors weren’t confirmed for another month. One thing they announced rather quickly was their engagement. Chris Pratt stated that they wanted to release that information before the press could do it.

Katherine Schwarzenegger predicted herself with Chris Pratt

In a funny turn of events, an interview of Katherine Schwarzenegger from a year ago showed her predicting herself with Chris Pratt. When she was given a list of possible Chris’s that she would date, Katherine chose Chris Pratt… although she almost chose Chris Evans. When Chris Pratt saw the interview from two years ago, he was astonished – and also raised an eyebrow at the mention of a different Chris first.

Maria Shriver obviously made a good match

Now that the two are engaged and appearing to be more in love than ever, Maria Shriver has to be proud of herself. Katherine Schwarzenegger and Chris Pratt are a great match and the world is cheering them on in their future marriage.