MN-born hunk and actress wife announce separation

Chris Pratt, right, and Anna Faris in better times. Specifically, 2016.

Chris Pratt, right, and Anna Faris in better times. Specifically, 2016. Associated Press; Jordan Strauss

Virginia, Minnesota's sexiest export -- sorry, Robert Mondavi -- revealed some sad news late Sunday. 

That's right: Chris Pratt and his wife, Anna Faris, announced they are separating after eight years of marriage. The actors have a 4-year-old son, Jack. 

"Anna and I are sad to announce we are legally separating," Pratt wrote via Facebook. "We tried hard for a long time, and we’re really disappointed. Our son has two parents who love him very much and for his sake we want to keep this situation as private as possible moving forward. We still have love for each other, will always cherish our time together and continue to have the deepest respect for one another. Chris Pratt and Anna Faris."

Faris, who currently stars in CBS sitcom Mom, posted a similar message to her Instagram account. The couple met in 2007 while filming the 2011 comedy Take Me Home Tonight; they married in 2009.

In the mold of Jessica Biel (Ely), Vince Vaughn (Minneapolis), and Winona Ryder (Winona, duh), Pratt is something of a surprise Minnesotan. He was raised in Lake Stevens, Washington, before scoring breakout roles on WB's Everwood and NBC's Parks and Recreation, the latter of which saw him portray the doughy/lovable/dimwitted Andy Dwyer.

Then Pratt got swol, got blockbuster movie roles (2014's Guardians of the Galaxy, 2015's Jurassic World), and got recognition as a Hollywood hunk. Need photographic proof? Here's a BuzzFeed report headlined "Literally Just 17 Photos Of Chris Pratt Looking Hot As Hell In 2016."

Pratt, 38, recently recieved a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, but he'll alaways be an Iron Ranger, which makes his separation from Faris BREAKING LOCAL NEWS. To learn what little we know about Pratt's brief time in northern Minnesota, check out this post from blogger Aaron Brown.