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Chris Pratt Won Over His Father-in-Law Arnold Schwarzenegger With His Workout Routine

He tied the knot with Katherine Schwarzenegger last June.
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Actor Chris Pratt and author (and great-niece to JFK) Katherine Schwarzenegger, appear to be settling into newlywed life nicely after their wedding ceremony this June. Here's what the couple has been up to since their nuptials:

THE IN-LAWS

When it comes to the beginning of a marriage, getting settled in with a new family can be complicated, but Pratt already had a head start with the Shriver/Schwarzenegger clan. In fact, Katherine's mother, Maria Shriver, was integral in introducing Chris and Katherine to each other in the first place.

As early as last fall, the couple was seen out dining with Katherine's father, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and his girlfriend, Heather Milligan. They also spent their first Thanksgiving together in 2018 hanging out with Katherine's mother and brothers. “You can tell Chris knows Katherine’s family really well,” the insider told People at the time. “Chris always seems very comfortable around her family. It’s like he is part of the family.”

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Of course, Chris may have had another trick up his sleeve when it came to winning over his new father-in-law as well: hitting the gym.

"Of course, the first thing when we met, he says, ‘Can we have a workout together? I need to have the inside scoop to pumping the iron,’" Schwarzenegger said in an interview with Jimmy Kimmel in October 2019. He joked later on, "When I watched him make his moves in the gym, the incline press specifically did it. [That’s] why I wanted him to become my son-in-law. It was the incline press."

During the interview, Schwarzenegger also revealed that Pratt had asked him for Katherine's hand in marriage before proposing, and that his new son-in-law definitely has the Schwarzenegger stamp of approval.

"I’m really happy that he is such a great guy," he told Kimmel. "Not only a very talented guy and a great actor and a great star and all that stuff, but a really kind man and kind to my daughter, which is the most important thing for me."

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THE WEDDING

Pratt and Schwarzenegger reportedly tied the knot in June in an intimate ceremony in Montecito, California. Their families were in attendance, as were close friends like actor Rob Lowe.

“Chris and Katherine’s wedding will be a very intimate affair with just their closest loved ones,” a source told People ahead of the weekend's ceremony. “They don’t want it to be a circus. The focus will be their commitment to each other, and God will play a very large role on their big day."

Both the bride and groom wore custom Armani on their big day, and they thanked the designer in their near-identical Instagram posts.

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KATHERINE'S BRIDAL SHOWER

Katherine Schwarzenegger has been making headlines more regularly since she started seeing her fiancé, actor Chris Pratt, but her low-key, luxe bridal shower in April was a subtle reminder for anyone who might have forgotten that Schwarzenegger brings star power of her own.

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The shower, which was held at her mother's home on Saturday, was described as "very down-to-earth and intimate" by a source to People. "There were fun games and a flower station where guests could make arrangements, and a gospel choir sang several songs,” the source said.

Among the guests were her family, including her father, and close friends, including Oprah Winfrey. Pratt also made an appearance and gave a sweet toast to his bride-to-be, but mostly stayed out of the limelight, reportedly wanting to let her be the center of attention at the party. 

THE ENGAGEMENT

"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! ????????♥?" he wrote, on a post of them together on January 14, which showed off her new engagement ring.

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Schwarzenegger later shared the photo on her Instagram account, writing "My sweet love. Wouldn’t want to live this life with anyone but you."

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While their relationship has been far from hush-hush in recent months, neither of the celebrities had made public statements about their romance until December 13, 2018, when Pratt sent out a sweet birthday message for Schwarzenegger on his Instagram.

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"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," he wrote in the caption to a photo collage of Schwarzenegger smiling and laughing as well as two photos of the couple together—one in sheet masks printed with animal faces, and one of Pratt kissing a grinning Schwarzenegger on the cheek.

The couple was later on spotted lounging by a pool together on vacation in Cabo San Lucas on New Year's Eve, People reported.

HOW THEY MET

Turns out, the Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom star owes his first meet-up with the daughter of actor/politician Arnold Schwarzenegger and journalist/philanthropist Maria Shriver to Shriver herself, who reportedly played matchmaker for the couple.

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“Maria helped set them up,” a source told People. Shriver and Pratt evidently knew one another through mutual friends, which inspired her to put him in touch with Katherine.

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Though they were initially spotted together in public on Father's Day 2018, it apparently wasn't their first date. According to E! News, 39-year-old Chris and 29-year-old Katherine had gone out multiple times prior to their June 17 date, and had been "talking consistently" for about "two months or so."

"[Chris] was taking things slow with Katherine at first, but overall, he is not seeing anybody else and considers what he has with Katherine as exclusive," an insider told E! News. "He's not afraid to show his affection for her in public. Chris is doing things differently by not putting too much pressure on anything, but they are very happy so far."

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Both are spiritually-minded (Schwarzenegger was raised Catholic while Pratt is a devout Christian and regularly attends the Zoe Church in Los Angeles) and were spotted several times attending services together. On one such occasion in July of 2018, they brought along Jack, Chris's five-year-old son with ex-wife, actress Anna Faris, buying him ice cream and sharing a sweet public kiss.

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“They are spending every day together and Katherine has met Jack several times,” a source told People early in their relationship. “They seem to be getting more serious. Family is very important to both of them, as well as their spirituality. She’s very, very sweet and maternal and great with his son.”

MEETING THE FAMILY

Another sign of how seriously the couple takes their relationship is the fact that they started getting close with one another's family within months of their first date. Already a friend of Shriver's, Pratt got to meet more of Schwarzenegger's family on August 5 when the couple had dinner at Shriver's home with her brother, Patrick Schwarzenegger.

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Just a few weeks later, at the beginning of September, the duo visited Round Pond Estate winery in Napa with Pratt's brother Cully and some friends before attending a gala benefitting the Christian children's charity, The Leaven.

"Maria is very excited for Katherine. Everyone has their fingers crossed that this is going to work out long term. They think Chris is an amazing guy and a great catch," a source told E!. "They are really perfect together and have similar goals and values. They have gotten serious quickly."

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THEIR RED CARPET DEBUT

The couple finally made their long-awaited red carpet debut together to celebrate the premiere of Pratt's film, Avengers: Endgame.

Chris Pratt and Katherine Schwarzenegger made their red carpet debut at the premiere of Avengers: Endgame in April 2019.
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Though their romance has been captured on Instagram, paparazzi photos, and public comments, they largely kept their relationship outside of the spotlight. The movie premiere marked the first time that Pratt and Schwarzenegger stepped out together in an official capacity as a couple—no mean feat, considering that Pratt starred in at least three films that debuted while they were dating.

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THEIR PLANS FOR THE FUTURE

Pratt and Schwarzenegger on a night out in London in January 2019.
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In his first interview since the couple went public with their engagement, Pratt talked to ET in late January 2019 about his hopes for the future with Schwarzenegger, especially when it comes to family. "The future?" he said. "Oh. Lots of kids."

"Maybe less time spent working, more time spent enjoying life," Pratt added. "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."

Though the couple only started dating in the spring of 2018, they were obviously taking their future together seriously. In the same week they announced their engagement, the couple also reportedly moved in together in a house in West Los Angeles, close to where Pratt's ex-wife Anna Faris lives with their 6-year-old son, Jack.

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*This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com

*Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors

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