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