Chris Pine: ‘I cry all the time – at work, at the shrink’s, with my lady’

A beard-less Chris Pine covers the new issue of Men’s Health Mag to promote his lead role in Star Trek Into Darkness. You know I’ve been feeling the Pine love lately, but I figured out that I can only really get on board when he’s got a beard. Of course he’s still attractive clean-shaven, but I’m just a really big fan of the beard. The beard is amazing. Without the beard, I have to focus on his personality which is… okay. It’s better than I was expecting. He’s smart and well-spoken and he loves to read. Here are some highlights from the interview in case you’re interested in anything he has to say (if not you can just look at the pictures):

On why he works out: “ I work out because that’s my job. What I enjoy about it, beyond the vanity, is the Zen of it. I like getting out of my head: One great way is to sweat your face off. I appreciate that if you’re thinking of anything else, you’re not working intensely enough.”

On his first acting gig as a skateboarding madman on CSI: Miami: “I played a really creepy sociopath who strangled his girlfriend during sex,” he says. The experience was better for Pine than for the cadaver. “I kind of loved it,” he says. “Once I let go of resistance and leaned in, I thought, ‘Yep, this job definitely rocks.’ ”

On his biggest fear: “Mediocrity scares me,” he says. “It’s the fear of not being as good as you want to be. If you give over to that fear, it will sabotage you. As much as I can, I try to use that fear to guide me.”

On how is first audition went for Star Trek: “As badly as you can imagine.”

On when he got a callback for Star Trek after bombing the audition: “When you want something enough, it brings out primal emotions,” he says. “You get into this place of ‘must happen, must happen.’”

On what’s in store for Star Trek into Darkness: “Much more action; much, much more intensity; and a lot more fighting.” In a couple of words? “Seriously epic,” he says.

On being a misfit in high school: “Just looking at a girl felt awkward. When you feel like an oddball, it never really leaves you. Even now, I’m better around people who are uncomfortable with themselves, the misfits.”

On his father’s acting career: “Acting was work for him. It was a job. I always thought there was something great about that. Almost like you’re working in a bank. You don’t get carried away with yourself.”

On being mentored by Alec Balwin: “I was transparent in my desire to be mentored. ‘Please give me sage wisdom,’ I’d say. Alec just took me by the shoulders and said, ‘Do it,’ which to me meant ‘Jump in, dive in, take it. Smile and laugh. Grab it, chew it.’”

His Motto: “Just get in there and get dirty.”

His Hero: “My father. He leads with his heart. I have a memory of us fishing. It could be f–king miserably boring, but he was totally invested in what this experience was going to be for me. His absolute dedication to my interest is what moves me when I look back on it.”

Last website he recommended to a friend: “”

What to cook to impress a girlfriend: “Steak: Sear the meat to create a few nice lines. Know how long to grill it so you only have to flip it once.”

Last time he cried: “I cry all the time—at work, at the shrink’s, with my lady. The Notebook killed me. Up destroyed me. Up was like the animated Amour.”

[From Men’s Health]

Aw, I like a man who talks about crying. He cries at work! He cries with his lady! He cries at movies! And he cries with his shrink? He has a therapist? That’s interesting. That might explain why he seems so… straight-forward these days. As for his fear of mediocrity… well, be gentle on him! I have no comment on that.

I had to look at to see what it was about – don’t let the name confuse you, it’s not some kind of 9/11 truther/conspiracy blog, thank God. But it is a liberal/progressive site with some conspiracies/truths (mostly about corporate lobbyists and fracking) here and there. There’s an interesting interview with Julian Assange which I’m going to read later. Thank you, Chris, for recommending this site!

Photos courtesy of Men’s Health.

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  1. T.Fanty says:

    He asked Alec Baldwin for “sage advice”? He’s just *too* LA for me.

  2. Amelia says:

    I’m in a terribly bitchy mood and am tempted to direct him to Rule 5 of the Velominati, but tbh, I really don’t have a leg to stand on, having had a medium sized spaz preparing for a test I’ve got coming up in order to get funding for my post-grad course.
    So, add me to the weepy list for today.
    I love; “Up was like the animated Amour”.
    True that. Although there’s something about How To Train Your Dragon that gets me weepy every single time. I think it’s the score.

  3. Anna says:

    I really liked this interview (yup, I dig dudes who are in touch with their feelings), even though I am still totally meh on Pine overall.

  4. Faye says:

    I was kind of on board with bearded Chris, but between the crying all over the place (not a turn-on) and the website recommendation, I’m over him. Oh well. Another celebrity crush killed. More love/lust left for Cumby :) .

  5. marie says:

    wow, without the beard, no. I like a sensitive guy but that seems like a lot of crying.

  6. andrea says:

    YUM. keep the lizard guy…I’d hit it like theres no tomorrow!

  7. moon says:

    I love him, but I can never get over the modelizer part of him…

  8. Erinn says:

    He looks like he could be Ryan Reynolds brother in that first picture.

  9. Mia 4S says:

    Yep, definitely love him. Quirks and all he seems pretty sane for third generation Hollywood. Good parents no doubt. :-)

    I love when people will talk casually about therapy (I do). People are still so squirrelly and prejudiced about it when in fact it should be encouraged at every turn.

  10. Micki says:

    …”Aw, I like a man who talks about crying”
    Me too as long as he talks more about it than actually do it.
    “All the time!” God forbids.

    Is this sort of a new Schtick- “I’m ohh, so sensitive” ?

    I prefer men who are able to keep their shit together.

  11. Beck says:

    His huge head is so distracting to me when I watch anything with him in it. Am I alone in this?
    A couple of weeks ago, the Pine/Hardy/Witherspoon spoon movie was on again. My husband (who always ignores my big head comments) finally said “you’re right about his humongous head.”

  12. Talie says:

    I’ve read his other interviews… he’s pretty neurotic. Sort of like Bradley Cooper.

  13. Lindsey says:

    I find his neurosis, handsome face and awesome beard to be very sexy. And a huge head, well I’m used to those. I have one myself…

  14. Mr. Stinky FishFace says:

    Ugh can we just stop doing the bare foot photos with guys. I’m sorry guys feet are just…gross and distracting.

    Yet, I will say I did enjoy that interview…this Pine guy…he’s growing on me….if only he had socks.

  15. Maya Dragunova says:

    He is handsome with or without beard. I love the blue eyes. Now imagine them tear filled and looking at you while begging you to have sex with him..nnngggghhhhh

  16. Gelda says:

    I am not buying the “i was an outsider and couldnt look at girls in high school”! Dude, you and your eyes have always been the focal point of whatever room you were in – as blandly handsome as you are.

  17. Reece says:

    My tear-jerker list: These get me every time…
    My Girl, Color Purple, Finding Nemo, Up, Monster Inc, Wall-E (damn you Pixar!), The Notebook & A Walk to Remember (the ONLY Nicholas Sparks movies I can tolerate), The Great Gatsby (w/Robert Redford), Truman Show.
    Brokeback Mountain & Atonement also but I refuse to watch them ever again as I could not handle it the first time. It’s more of a combo of sadness and anger.

  18. jamee draper says:

    This is the fourth or fifth post I have read about Chris Pine and he is totally my type,I love dark hair and blue eyes.But…he does not come off as genuine or sincere to me ever.It seems like he tells the interviewer what he wants to hear or what he thinks WOMEN want to hear.Unlike Henry Cavill who is always nice and sensitive,there is something so phony about Chris Pine.I just don’t believe anything he says.No thanks,you can have him.

  19. TheTruthHurts says:

    I haaaaaate when men say “my lady.” Ew.

  20. Chloeee says:

    Slow clap on the truthout shout out.

  21. Miss M says:

    Is it a problem with the name “Chris”? Chris Evans is neurotic. Chris Pine is afraid of being mediocre and cries all the time. Both go/went to therapy.

  22. Ann Emmess says:

    Chris’s mom is a psychologist, I think, and he’s talked about what it was like to grow up around therapy language his whole life. Some of it rubbed off, evidently.

  23. Jayna says:

    My crying movies:

    Number 1, Shadowlands with Anthony Hopkins based on author C. S. Lewis’ midfdle-aged love affair with a youngerJewish divorcee, played by Debra Winger. I watch it every year and sob hysterically.

    Notebook. Nothing needs to be said that hasn’t already been said by others on here.

    Terms of Endearment.

    Old Yeller the classic – I received it as a present because I love animals and most especially my dog I had even before marriage.

    Marley and Me – another tear-jerker of a doggy story.

    My Girl. I had no clue the first time I watched it as to the ending. It blindsided me.

  24. Jayna says:

    Sorry for the mispellings above. I was on my iPhone.

    I forgot Brokeback Mountain. I adore that movie, and as much as I loved the bigger part, Heath Ledger’s role and was blown away by his acting throughout the whole movie, by the end I sobbed even more for Jake Gyllenhaal’s character. He had such a naivete about him in his dream of going off and living together on a ranch and living happily ever after and yearned for it; whereas, Heath’s character was so closed off, which was so heartbreaking, too.

    Brilliant movie. I have watched it four times. Heath was the best actor of his generation, and I hate seeing him in movies and reminded he’s gone and all that he could have become as a man, father, and as an actor.