Is it just us or is Captain America pretty much the most dateable character known to man? Not only will Steve Rogers get the car door for you, carry you over puddles and treat you right, he’ll do it all while LOOKING LIKE CHRIS EVANS. Despite all that, it looks like Cap—er, we mean Chris—isn’t loving the dating scene.
In a new profile with by The Hollywood Reporter, Evans talked about POTUS (he’s not a fan), how he’s apparently not as sweet as Cap in real life (yeah, okay, Evans) and why he’s not great at dating (boo!).
— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) March 27, 2019
“I’m the one who fears being enveloped. I was always a really autonomous guy my whole life. Camping by myself is one of my favorite things,” he said. “I really like to be with someone who also has their own thing to do as well, you know? If I’m with someone who just kind of adopts my life, that can feel a bit suffocating.”
For no particular reason, we’re just going to file that info away for later.
In fact, our file folder on Chris Evans just got a whole lot thicker. Here are all the things we learned about the internet’s boyfriend from the interview:
He’s *not* retiring
Evans was clear that any rumours you heard about him retiring from playing Captain America AND acting were totally false. He won’t be picking up the shield again (*sob*) but he’s not going anywhere.
“I never said the word ‘retire.’ It’s a really obnoxious notion for an actor to say they’re going to retire,” he said “It’s not something you retire from.”
Actor @ChrisEvans has said he’s done playing #CaptainAmerica after #AvengersEndgame, but he would never say “the word ‘retire'”: “It’s a really obnoxious notion for an actor to say they’re going to retire — it’s not something you retire from” https://t.co/jha7I5n5J9 pic.twitter.com/hvLlArVs9V
— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) March 27, 2019
Instead of moving to Florida and calling it a career, Evans is excited about what his financial freedom (he’s making serious bank off this Avengers stuff) means he can experiment with, including directing.
He wasn’t great at sports
We may have been presumptuous to assume a guy who looks like Evans (and who played the most stereotypical of high school jocks in Not Another Teen Movie) would have been a star athlete but apparently, that’s not at all true—he wrestled and played lacrosse but really wasn’t great at it.
“My dad was a big athlete,” he said. “You want to please [your dad], and he was so happy when I played, but I was just terrible.”
Instead, he was more into acting camp and doing Von Trapp family sing-alongs at Christmas.
“I’m like 12, 13. I’m not, like, 6. I’m old enough to know better,” he said. “We all thought it was so normal to be singing in front of my cousins and aunts and uncles at Christmas. Mortifying. Thank God this acting career worked out. Otherwise I’d just be this forever dork. I probably still am.”
He’s not a Tom Brady fan
It’s no secret that Evans is a huge New England Patriots fan so logic would dictate that he should love quarterback and six-time Super Bowl champ, Tom Brady. Looks like that’s not the case. Chris just can’t see past the politics—Brady has previously described Trump as “a good friend” and won’t reveal whether he voted for him in 2016.
“I really hope he’s not a Trump supporter,” Evans said. “I’m just hoping he’s one of those guys that maybe supported him and now regrets it. Maybe he thought it was going to be different—and even that bothers me—but maybe there’s a chance now he just thinks Trump’s an absolute dumb sh**, which he is. If he doesn’t, if he’s still on that Trump train, I might have to cut ties. It’s really tough.
He very different than Cap
Apparently this whole Captain America thing is something called “acting” and his persona in the movie is different from Chris Evans himself. Seems fake.
“The characters I play do a lot of that heavy lifting. If people knew me—I’m just an a**hole,” he said.
— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) March 22, 2019
He adds later on that Cap’s seemingly perfection actually makes the character a little difficult to play.
“There’s no real darkness to him,” he said. “How do I make this guy someone you want to watch? I don’t get jokes. I’m not Wolverine. I don’t have dead parents, like Batman. I’m just, like, ‘Hi, I’ll walk your dog. I’ll help you move.'”
Yes. He would totally help you move, walk your dog and then buy you a case of beer.
— Jamie Lee Curtis (@jamieleecurtis) March 27, 2019
RDJ is an Evans stan
It seems Robert Downey Jr. knows what’s up. He’s quoted all over the article singing his co-star’s praises.
“At the root of it, he has true humility,” Downey said. “I think it’s the reason he was able to kind of come to the front and be our team leader in the Avengers.”
“[Evans’] suspension of his own disbelief, regardless of whatever doubts he had, is the reason all these other worlds are able to be built,” he said. “Starting with Avengers, and then Guardians, and Black Panther. People love to say — and I’ll eat it up — that I’m kind of the progenitor of this whole universe. But if you want to talk about it in terms of team building, and you want to talk about it as the most successful creative relay race in the history of cinema, he was the critical leg.”
Technically it’s YOUR umbrella. But I’m happy to hold it. https://t.co/tFqWFqCSv3
— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) March 13, 2019
There’s an Avengers text chain we would pay money to read
We assumed as much but we now have confirmation that there is a “very sophisticated, laugh-your-a**-off” group message containing all the key Avengers when they’re not all together avenging the earth.
We’re going to be thinking about this for a long time.
He really didn’t want to play Cap
Seriously, Marvel had to make him the offer THREE TIMES before he would finally sign up. Thank goodness he did!
“Getting the [Captain America] offer felt to me like the epitome of temptation. The ultimate job offer, on the biggest scale,” he said. “I’m supposed to say no to this thing. It felt like the right thing to do.”
It wasn’t until he got a call from Tony Stark himself that Evans finally signed on.
He’s a Twitter warrior
Well, we knew that already. Basically, Chris sees it as his duty to use Twitter as a platform to call out Donald Trump and other social injustices.
“You don’t want to alienate half your audience,” he said. “But I’d be disappointed in myself if I didn’t speak up. Especially for fear of some monetary repercussion or career damage — that just feels really gross to me.”
Was thrilled to be interviewed by @ChrisEvans for his new civic engagement project, A Starting Point. I like Chris’s interview style of straight to the point, no BS, and just the real. Excited to see it launch! pic.twitter.com/SHl7QvSw8D
— Rep. Eric Swalwell (@RepSwalwell) March 12, 2019
He’s “chilled out on weed”
“You know, I’ve chilled out on weed,” Chris said. “I used to love it, but now I think it’s the one thing that gets in my way. It zaps your motivation. I think apathy kind of bleeds in, and you start to think, ‘Well, I’m not apathetic, I just don’t feel like doing that.’ And it’s like, no — you would feel like doing that if you weren’t stoned. And, you know — I’m 37. I can’t be smoking weed all the time. That’s crazy.”
He wanted to be a Disney animator as a kid
Isn’t this just the cutest little tidbit? Young Chris Evans wanted to be a Disney Imagineer! He shared that he used to spend hours in his room drawing and that sometimes when he gets anxious about public appearances he thinks, “Man, if I were an animator I wouldn’t be panicking.”
He takes his mental health seriously
Chris was open about feelings of anxiety he’s felt throughout his life and how he sought therapy for the first time after signing his Captain America deal. Now he goes back regularly to check in, even when he’s feeling mentally healthy.
Co-star and BFF Robert Downey Jr. said it’s a reason he admires him.
“I’ve been in hundreds of scenes with this guy,” RDJ said. “Nobody laughs more than him. Sometimes he makes me self-conscious, like, ‘Should I be more fun?’ There’s a little bit of, like, just trying to shake out the anxiety. And I’ve also seen him, over the last 10 years, go from being someone who had laughably real social anxiety to someone who has grown more and more comfortable in their own skin.”
Captain America dies in Endgame…maybe
We hope not. Evans said he “choked up like three times” watching Avengers: Endgame and when the writer further questioned if it was because Evans dies in the movie, he winkingly agreed.
“It’s hard. Seeing my own death.” He joked (or didn’t joke?). “It’s going to be a long movie, that’s for sure. The first edit clocked in over three hours. My funeral’s like an hour.”
Oh boy. We’re not ready.
— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) March 26, 2019