Chris Pratt may have just revealed the secret to his success.
The 36-year-old rocketed to Hollywood's A-list after starring in blockbusters like "Guardians of the Galaxy" and "Jurassic World," but reminded fans in a new Instagram post that his fame was far from overnight.
Likely exhausted after being up for "over 77 hours," Chris reflected upon the "joy and gratitude" he has for getting to "do what I love," which he added "doesn't feel like work."
Citing his unflinching persistence and enthusiasm, Chris said he wanted to encourage "anyone chasing their dreams" to stay focused – especially through the struggle.
"Fifteen years ago I felt the same passion I feel today, but I had very little opportunity. I had to hustle hard and go hungry. I had to eat sardines and figure out how to get gas money," he wrote, captioning a photo of a highway overpass taken from a car's passenger seat.
Chris explained that he had just wrapped a long shooting day for his upcoming film "Passengers," and a table read for the "Guardians" sequel before that.
Even though it was the middle of the night and he was heading back "in about eight hours to do more," the actor said he's "having fun" with his hectic schedule because it's something he always envisioned.
"I never had a plan B. I never stopped believing. Ever. Don't give up. Apply constant pressure for as long as it takes. It will break before you do. Go get it," he continued.
Also praising the "Passengers" crew as "total rock stars," Chris said he's excited to show fans the results of his efforts.
"The stuff we're shooting. My God. I can't wait for you to see it," he wrote.
"Passengers, " co-starring Jennifer Lawrence, hits theaters on Dec. 21, while "Guardians of the Galaxy 2" is slated for a May 2017 release.
-- Erin Biglow