Maria Shriver Enthusiastically Approves of Future Son-in-Law Chris Pratt: “I Think He’s Great”

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Chris Pratt has the unanimous approval of his fiancee Katherine Schwarzenegger’s family, which is no small feat. The Guardians of the Galaxy actor was previously lauded by Schwarzenegger’s former action hero father, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and on Saturday, May 11, Katherine’s mother, journalist and philanthropist Maria Shriver, sang his praises as well.

“I think he’s great,” she told Entertainment Tonight in reference to Pratt, 39, adding that she’s excited for the pair to get hitched later this year, possibly in the summer. “[Wedding planning is] fun,” she said. “I think it’s always great to celebrate love. It’s the most important thing in the world. You learn unconditional love ideally from your mother and then if you find it in your life, you’re blessed.”

Shriver’s brother Anthony, who was also at the 3rd Annual Best Buddies Mother’s Day Celebration in Malibu, added that he sees the pair as a great match.

“Chris is a great guy,” Anthony told ET. “Actually, I had dinner with him last night. They seem so happy and so in love.”

A source told ET that the couple is looking forward to their celebration, which will likely include an extensive A-list guest list. “Katherine and Chris are enjoying the planning of their wedding,” the source said. “The couple plans to have a star-studded event filled with family and some of the biggest celebrities in Hollywood. Katherine and Chris want the wedding to also be fun, as the couple always has a good time together.” (Indeed, just last month, Oprah Winfrey attended Schwarzenegger’s bridal shower.)

Shriver previously opened up about her daughter’s engagement on the Today show, but explained that she had been instructed to remain largely mum about plans.

“She’s super happy,” Shriver said at the time. “And gave me very strict instructions not to talk about it. She said, ‘It’s not your moment.’ I’m like, ‘I’m clear.’ I gave her that line!”

Schwarzenegger was feted with a star-studded bridal shower toward the end of last month, held at Shriver’s home, and included roughly 100 guests. The backyard luncheon was “beautiful and elegant,” an insider told E! News, with “photos of Katherine and Chris in picture frames at the entrance and large cherry blossom arrangements.”

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