Celebrity: Chris Evans

Hol­ly­wood heart-throb and se­rial on-screen su­per­hero Chris Evans talks ex­clu­sively to Fri­day about scent, stunts and self-help books.

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Few ac­tors have played a su­per­hero as of­ten as Chris Evans. Seem­ingly des­tined to wear Ly­cra, his act­ing wardrobe has been the stuff of lit­tle boys’ dreams, por­tray­ing the Hu­man Torch in Fan­tas­tic Four, Cap­tain Amer­ica in the film of the same name and Cap­tain Amer­ica again in Mar­vel’s The Avengers – one of Dis­ney’s high­est-gross­ing movies to date.

But with such a ma­cho im­age, it might come as a sur­prise to learn that in his spare time Evans reads self-help books and that be­fore sign­ing up to the Mar­vel comic-book movie fran­chise he checked him­self into ther­apy to ‘work on his head’. Both of which make him sound rather more ‘su­per-emo’ than su­per­hero… So what’s the real story be­neath those pierc­ing blue eyes and rugged good looks?

Well, there’s cer­tainly a lot more to the Mas­sachusetts-born 32-year-old than straight­for­ward star­dom and spandex. It’s clear dur­ing his phone call from the US that he’s on edge talk­ing to the me­dia (my re­search warned me that he can be a bit of a grump), and he’s ea­ger to down­play the more glam­orous or po­ten­tially shal­low side of his job, in­stead bring­ing ev­ery­thing back to the more mean­ing­ful things in life. Which makes for the kind of guy you’d like to be friends with but, frankly, not par­tic­u­larly bril­liant pull-quotes. This is the sort of man who takes his mum to the Os­cars;

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