Who is Katherine Schwarzenegger, Chris Pratt’s new fiancee? Doesn’t her name ring a bell?
Well, yes, she’s the eldest child of ex-“Terminator”-turned-former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and his estranged wife, former NBC correspondent Maria Shriver, and is thus a Kennedy clan member.
But she’s not an actor like “Jurassic World” star Pratt, 39, or her father, 71, (who has six movies in post-production, including a “Terminator reboot), or her younger brother, Patrick, 25, who has played roles in TV series like “Scream Queens” and “The Long Road Home.”
The simple answer is how Schwarzenegger, 29, describes herself on Instagram: “Author, blogger, lover&addict of all things lifestyle,” it says, adding that she’s also an ambassador for the American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
Dogs and other critters are familiar images on her Instagram. Now Pratt has joined the pantheon, along with her family, with a picture of the two and a gushy caption. “My sweet love. Wouldn’t want to live this life with anyone but you,” it read, followed by an engagement ring icon.
According to her Amazon page, Schwarzenegger is the author of three books, two of them focused on self-help.
Her latest, the 2017 children’s book “Maverick and Me,” drew on her experience adopting a dog, Maverick, to create a picture book to introduce kids to the concept of “adopt, don’t shop” when it comes to pets.
Earlier, “Rock What You’ve Got: Secrets to Loving Your Inner and Outer Beauty From Someone Who’s Been There and Back,” came out in 2010; it’s an advice book for young women on how to develop a healthy body image. In grade school and middle school, Schwarzenegger suffered from body-image issues that she now controls with yoga and other exercise.
And “I Just Graduated … Now What?: Honest Answers From Those Who Have Been There” came out in 2014 and was targeted at recent college graduates uncertain about what to do next.
How did she meet Pratt? He was married for nine years, until 2018, to actress Anna Faris, 42, and they have a son, Jack, 6.
That’s something of a mystery but interest in their relationship started last summer. They first showed up in photos together in June 2018, when TMZ photographers spotted them on a picnic date in Santa Barbara, California, tooling around in his big red truck.
Later, in August, they were seen together at Sunday church service and a family dinner, and in September they visited a farm and winery in Napa Valley.
For Schwarzenegger’s birthday in December, the actor shared a loving post to Instagram with a collection of photos of the two of them goofing around.
“Happy Birthday Chief! Your smile lights up the room,” he said. “I’ve cherished our time together. Thrilled God put you in my life. Thankful for the laughs, kisses, talks, hikes, love and care.”
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Schwarzenegger graduated from the University of Southern California in 2012. She was at loose ends and ended up interviewing a variety of people, including actors and entrepreneurs, about what to do next for a career. Her second book grew out of those interviews, compiled as a survival guide for new grads.
Now she runs a lifestyle blog that covers health, beauty, home decor, animals, style and food.
Besides Patrick, her siblings include Christina, 27, and Christopher Schwarzenegger, 21, plus a half-brother, Joseph Baena, 21.
Her parents are legally separated but are not divorced. Their marriage fell apart in 2011 after it emerged that he had fathered a child with the family’s housekeeper.