Katherine Schwarzenegger Explains Why She and Chris Pratt Received Premarital Counseling

by Keeli Parkey

Marriage isn’t easy. It takes love, effort, commitment, a solid foundation and so much more to make a marriage last. According to Katherine Schwarzenegger, she and her husband, Chris Pratt, had help establishing a firm foundation for their marriage in counseling.

According to Fox News, the actress and author said she and her famous actor husband were required to take part in premarital counseling before they could be married in the Catholic Church. She shared her thoughts on this on the Dear Media “Meaning Full Living” podcast on July 19.

“Before we got married in the Catholic Church, you have to do premarital counseling before you get married,” Schwarzenegger said, “and I was like, ‘Oh, my God, what is that going to be like?’”

Even though she didn’t know what to expect going into counseling, the actress is happy that she and Pratt participated.

“It was the most amazing thing and just the most amazing gift. I know not everybody does (it), of course, because … if they don’t tell you you have to do it then why would you?” Katherine Schwarzenegger, 31, said.

She and Pratt, 42, wed in June 2019. Katherine Schwarzenegger is familiar with the stressors fame can put on a marriage. Her parents are both famous. They are Hollywood icon Arnold Schwarzenegger and journalist Maria Shriver of the famous Kennedy family.

She said the premarital counseling provided her and Pratt with useful “guidance.”

“When we had this experience of going to premarital counseling to get married in the Catholic Church it was such an amazing gift in our relationship ahead of getting married that we’ve definitely wanted to continue throughout our relationship and has been such a helpful thing to be able to have in our relationship of having that guidance,” Schwarzenegger said.

Katherine Schwarzenegger Also Said Premarital Counseling Helps Her and Chris Pratt Communicate More Effectively

Another way the premarital counseling Katherine Schwarzenegger and Chris Pratt took part in was with communication.

“Talking about things that maybe we wouldn’t necessarily have talked about before getting married, talk about things that couples of 10 or 15 years still don’t like to talk about with one another,” she also said. “Being prompted to talk about those things is also a really helpful thing to do early on. That I think helps us.”

Katherine Schwarzenegger also said she and Chris Pratt make an effort to spend time together. And, just as importantly, they support one another. She also said she watched her famous parents support one another over the years.

“Making sure that you can carve out that time,” she also said. “And of course, there are days where it doesn’t happen, and then we make sure we connect in a different way. I also just remember growing up and watching my parents always be each other’s biggest support system and biggest cheerleaders, and that was always something that I wanted with who I envisioned somebody that I marry; always wanting to have that same support system and that same dynamic.”