Maria Shriver talks about watching daughter Katherine Schwarzenegger marry Chris Pratt

Maria Shriver talks about watching daughter Katherine Schwarzenegger marry Chris Pratt


Maria Shriver couldn’t contain all the feels she had at her daughter Katherine Schwarzenegger’s wedding to Chris Pratt, even though the newlywed asked her mom to keep them to herself.

“She’s like, ‘Don’t say anything. Don’t say where I am. Don’t say what it was like. Don’t speak,'” Shriver said. “I was like, I actually am a person, too. I actually had an experience as well and can speak about my own experience.”

Shriver discussed the June 8 experience while filling in for Hoda Kotb on “Today With Hoda and Jenna,” describing her daughter’s happy day as an emotional roller coaster for her.

“As a mother, you go through many emotions, right? So you’re trying to be both excited, you get a new member of your family, (but) you’re kind of losing your child as they were,” she said. “So you’re kind of excited and everybody’s like, ‘Well, isn’t this great?’ You’re like, ‘Yeah, it’s great,’ but it’s also kind of sad.”

Katherine is one of four children Shriver has with her ex-husband, Arnold Schwarzenegger. She and the “Jurassic World” star were first spotted together at a Father’s Day picnic in Santa Barbara, California, in June 2018. 

No matter how you feel at a wedding, Shriver said love has a way of bringing people together.

“Love is this great unifier,” she said. “Everybody looks at love and goes, ‘You know, I want that.’ It’s so great. So that’s the kind of big takeaway, how incredible love is, how it can change your life, how it can make you feel on top of the world. And that if you don’t have it, it can make you feel like ‘Ugh’ or it can make you feel just really happy for the other person.”

Katherine Schwarzenegger and Chris Pratt at the premiere of "Avengers: Endgame" in Los Angeles on April 22, 2019. (Photo: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Amid the joyful festivities, Shriver said the wedding also made her miss her own mother, who passed away in 2009.

“I wondered, ‘What would she be thinking and what would she be going through and what would she think of this? What would she say to me and how would I navigate it?’ ” Shriver said. “She was very of that era of no emotion. But I’m not like that.”

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