Chris Pine: ‘A woman at the forefront naturally leads with this compassion’


Chris Pine has an excellent feature in the new issue of DuJour Magazine. This piece is to promote The Finest Hours, the true story of a Coast Guard rescue in the 1960s 1950s. The film already opened to a lukewarm box office, probably because… well, Pine really can’t open a movie. I’m being harsh, I know, especially considering that I like him and want him to succeed. But he’s like a character actor passing as a leading man. Anyway, Pine has been on a great feminism kick since he signed on to play Wonder Woman’s love interest/damsel in distress Steve Trevor. You can read the DuJour piece here. Some highlights:

He loves a good wiglet & a good comedy: “Anytime I get offered a chance to wear a wig, I will do it. I really love doing comedy. It’s just not a bad way to spend the day.”

On the true story of ‘The Finest Hours’: “If the Coast Guard crew was tasked with doing the same mission the next night and the night after that, they would have done it. That’s their job, but they don’t have their names engraved in stone and they don’t take a selfie of the moment. I think that it moves us as artists to remind and re-remind our community that being selfless is something that should be done because it’s the right and good and human thing to do.”

What ‘Wonder Woman’ has meant to him:
“Action is so synonymous with violence and revenge and eye-for-an-eye; the masculine footprint in the world is so violent and obviously it hasn’t really gotten us anywhere. A woman at the forefront naturally leads with this compassion, and [is about] giving life instead of taking life. To have a strong woman who represents those qualities, I think we can start injecting this world with a little bit more of the ideology of compassion, love and positive moral strength rather than something destructive.”

The Star Trek world: “It’s gotten so much better and so much easier. This family we built has gotten tighter, stronger and stranger; we fight more and we make up more. It’s a great marriage—we understand each other and what we all do best… And now that J.J. Abrams has left, the kids have taken over the asylum.”

What’s next for him: “When I was a younger actor, I meditated and marinated over the effect on the long-term and the short-term, the this and the that. I thought myself out of so many things I could have done. Now, if a couple of things pop to me, if my internal speedometer is going in that direction, then I say yeah. Let’s rock ‘n’ roll.”

[From DuJour]

I’m actually not a fan of this kind of thinking: “A woman at the forefront naturally leads with this compassion.” Not necessarily, you know? Some women lead with compassion, some don’t. Just like men – some men are compassionate, some aren’t. I know Pine’s heart is in the right place and he seems to really enjoy working on the Wonder Woman movie, but that bugged me. Still, if Pine is all about more female-driven films, then yay, at least one Hollywood Chris feels that way.



Photos courtesy of DuJour.

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  1. Erinn says:

    He has suuuuch a punchable face. Not that I promote that kind of thing – but he’s always irked me.

    Yes, let’s throw out some more gender stereotyping while twisting it to make yourself look like such a thoughtful, forward thinking man.

    • Kitten says:

      Oh good someone feels the same way as me.

      Like Casey Anthony right? Sooooo compassionate!!!! ♥ ♥
      …and who can honestly say that Anne Coulter doesn’t give you the warm fuzzies? “We should invade their countries, kill their leaders, and convert them to Christianity” is such a compassionate and empathetic thing to say, you know?

      • melodycalder says:

        I thought that answer was pertaining to wonder woman and how she compares to the action genre. That she is bring more depth beyond an eye for an eye mentality of those films, and how he thinks she can progress the world of film

    • mia girl says:

      You know, a week ago I would not have agreed with you, but then I saw him on Kimmel and he really turned me off. I found him to be kinda smug.

      And his answer read to me like a beauty show contestant type answer to ala “How do you believe we can achieve world peace?”. He memorized key words, phrases and then strung them along to make an answer that would sound insightful.

    • kai says:

      YES. Thank you. He’s still not getting it.

    • V4Real says:

      I’m so glad he’s not yall cup of tea. Less women I have to shank. :)

      I had a brief crush on him when I saw “Just My Luck” then it faded. Then in 2014 my crush came back. I I can’t quite put my finger on it but there’s something about him that reminds me of an ex-boyfriend,

    • KB says:

      I rolled my eyes hard at that quote. It’s pandering, holding up women on a pedestal as though we’re somehow better. The “fairer sex.” Nope, some of us are great and some of us are terrible – because we are human beings, just like men.

      • McLori says:

        There’s something smarmy about him, somethin’ greasy.

      • Santia says:

        Me, too. Especially since I have very little compassion. :) I’m always reminding myself to loop back around to show some compassion. I’m not horrible, but I lack empathy sometimes. I guess that makes me less of a woman.

      • I Choose Me says:

        Thank you! Really grinds my gears when men say sh*t like that. Compassionate people are like that because it has to with their character; who they are as a person and feck all to do with what genitals you have.

    • lucy2 says:

      Agree on the stereotyping. It’s great to see a bigger name actor willing to play the “boyfriend of” role and that he’s into female driven films, but he’s making broad assumptions and not really helping.

      Also, the Finest Hours looked like such a generic, late winter release I was surprised to see he was in it. I think I was giving his career more credit than I should.

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      Sooo condescending. Yes, we are all just so incredibly caring and compassionate because we have wombs. How utterly ridiculous. Some the best people I know are women, but so are some of the meanest.

      • Jessica says:

        All of the meanest people I know are women.

      • V4Real says:

        I know women who are mean but yet still have compassion. It depends on what they are being compassionate about and to who.

        Maybe he didn’t mean all women but was just making a blanket statement. It’s like saying Black people can dance. But you know there are some Black people who can’t dance. (Well that’s more of a stereotype but you see what I’m getting at).

    • Lucinda says:

      I don’t think he meant to be condescending. I get where he’s coming from. The idea that women give birth makes them more connected to understanding the value of life. But he misses the other side of that coin which is the protection of said life/offspring can lead to acts of violence. I’m not denying his comments totally play into the need to stereotype women and make them two dimensional. Only that I understand the basis of his misguided thinking. He is a product of his culture. But he’s trying and I will give him props for that.

    • Embee says:

      First of all, he has clearly never met my mother.

      Second, I absolutely agree that his statement about women leading with compassion, naturally is both pandering and uninformed. I’m reminded of Winona Ryder’s Jo March in the film adaptation of Little Women. She is attending a discussion about women’s suffrage and one of the Nigel’s there states that women should have the right to vote because they are so moral. Ryder’s “Jo” changed my life when she refused to agree and pointed out that men don’t have the right to vote because of morality, but because they are male.

  2. nicegirl says:

    I cannot imagine having a bigger celebrity crush. Chris Pine 4eva

    • Emma - The JP Lover says:

      @Nicegirl, who wrote: “I cannot imagine having a bigger celebrity crush. Chris Pine 4eva”

      Nicely said … and I am right there with you. :) I don’t know which gets me reaching for a fan more; his face, his style, his electric blue eyes, his ‘I’m a man and don’t have to prove it’ magnetic sex appeal, or his incredible voice. Woof!

      Yeah, yeah I know … I’ve got it bad. (le Sigh)

    • TwistBarbie says:

      Jeez, I did until I read this interview. Gender stereotyping, even if “positive” fosters inequality. He said some really lame things here.

    • Taro says:

      Me too. I like his presence and he’s thoughtful (not smug to me at least) in interviews. He’s a good actor too. Definitely done well since his Princes Diaries days. Go Chris!

  3. Lucy says:

    Yeah, that comment was weird. Still, I believe in his good intentions, and I want him to succeed too!!

  4. kri says:

    I have no idea why, but I just can’t feel anything for him. He seems okay, and I know I’m supposed to be drooling over his looks, but…bland. And this whole mindset of The Sweet Mother As Leader is annoying. I mean, some of the biggest sharks I have ever come across have been women. It’s like there is still in the back of people’s minds that whole Madonna/Whore thing in some way. Humans are more complex than their genders.

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      Sort of like Tom Cruise to me. I see that technically he’s handsome, but no tingles. And agree about women sharks.

  5. Kitten says:

    Maybe I just happened to catch him when he was exhausted or something but he always seems so…MEH all the time. He also strikes me as someone who takes himself a bit too seriously—the opposite of fun.

    • V4Real says:

      You know what, I will give you that. There is something that seems meh about him. As I already said I had a brief crush on him then it faded. He has charisma, good looks and all that but I wasn’t feeling the connection. Something was stopping me from swooning over him and he’s my type. I found myself saying we don’t have chemistry together. But lately I can’t get enough of him and I think there is something about his personality that reminds me of an ex.

      Can you actually tell that you will have no chemistry with someone you never met?

      • Kitten says:

        To be fair, I’ve never seen him in a movie and that can often change how I feel about an actor. Also, the interviews I’ve seen with him are the short, promotional clips that they do…like, the Access Hollywood sh*t. Only the most charismatic actors can come across well when being asked the same inane questions over and over again.

        I generally trust your judgment when it comes to hot actors so…what’s a good movie that he was in that might make me like him?
        Also, is he really little?

      • V4Real says:

        Um what do you mean by little? LOL. Height wise he’s over six feet. And according to Olivia,Mumm he’s very well endowed.

        Ok, now that my head is out of the gutter he was ok in People Like Us with Michele Pfeififer. But I’m more into his other films such as Unstoppable. Jack Ryan and of course Star Trek. Wait you didn’t see the cheesy comedy This means war with Chris and Tom Hardy. Hardy looked so good in that movie.

      • Kitten says:

        6 feet?? Really? I thought he was super-short. Thanks for the (revealing) info lol.

        I’ll start with Star Trek. Been meaning to see that for a while anyway.

      • Miss M says:

        Chiming in… I liked him in Jack Ryan.

      • Chinoiserie says:

        Kitten, he is brilliant in Into the Woods.

  6. GinaS says:

    Saw him on Colbert recently, and he was charming, funny and humble, and the banter between them was great.

    Not someone I follow or know anything about, but he’s on my radar a bit more now.

  7. aims says:

    I don’t know if women are more compassionate, I do think we’re more in tuned to other people’s feelings. For example, my husband and I were eating at a restaurant the other night. I was people watching and I said to my husband, ” that woman over there is pissed!” He told me I was wrong and then ten minutes later the lady left in a huff. So I’m not going to use a broad brush regarding women, and maybe I’m nosey.

    • lane says:

      Women are 100% naturally more compassionate and empathetic. It’s freaking disturbing how many men I’ve heard say “oh I never realized I should treat a woman with respect until I had a daughter”.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        Please. You can’t just say that an entire gender is more anything than the other. I think most women are expected to be or taught to be “nicer” rather than “competitive” but I’ve worked for men and I’ve worked for women, and neither sex has the monopoly on cruelty or compassion.

      • TwistBarbie says:

        Your argument for why women are “100% more compassionate..” is exactly the same argument men’s rights groups use to say women are lesser people: “I’ve seen so many women who don’t let their children see their dads while collecting child support, ergo all women are evil”
        Your experience is interesting but it’s very dangerous to extrapolate what you’ve seen in your limited life experience (this isn’t a dig at you, every individual’s experience is limited, unless you’re a behavioral scientist who studies this subject) to say an entire gender is less compassionate. Of course, you can find studies that back this point of view up, but since it’s basically impossible to control this type of study it’s a bad idea to take them as pure truths. They’re essentially in the same league that say certain races have lower IQs than others.

      • ol cranky says:

        some of the most, intentionally, cruel people I have ever met have been women. we are not, by default, more compassionate or empathetic

    • Jessica says:

      I disagree. Some, maybe even most, women are more tuned in to people’s emotion, but not all. I, for one, have a huge problem reading people’s emotions and responding correctly. I just don’t feel the same emotions in the same way that they do.

  8. Maya says:

    My husband is looking HOT and I will faithfully watch all of his movies:)

    V4Real – I beat you to it and commented before you on a Chris Pine Thread;)

    I won hehe

    PS: a lot of men just don’t get that women can be the most dangerous people in the world.

    • V4Real says:

      Hey slow your roll. Sometimes slow and steady wins the race.

      That is my man and you know it. You can have any of the other Chris’s. And the funny thing is Evans was at the top of my list next to Hemsworth but I would trade you those two for Pine any day. I would even throw in a Prat. :)

      • Maya says:

        No can do – Pine is number one Chris for me.

        Slow and steady might win but fast people get to do the naughty first and for a long time until the slow people catch up🙊

  9. Livealot says:

    Whew! For a moment I thought he was referring to Hilary Clinton and politics.

    Carry on.

    • Larelyn says:

      IKR? his quote is interesting when contrasted with the current US presidential race. Sure he didn’t mean it that way, but superimpose his comments about Ms. Clinton… don’t think so.

  10. H says:

    He went to Berkley. Smart and hot. If I swung that way, he’d be my number one movie boyfriend.

    • alice says:

      can we lease stop with the assumption that going to college equals smart? I know plenty of people who didn’t have the opportunity to go to college and have a superior intellect than many college graduates who just clocked in and got the degree after daddy paid for (which was Pine’s case)

      • H says:

        @Alice Have you seen the videos of Quinto and Pine during the Trek press junkets? Pine is not stupid.

      • HappyMom says:

        It’s UC Berkeley, not an Ivy League where you can buy your way in. I know he’s from an old Hollywood family-but his choice of college does show a little more depth.

  11. InvaderTak says:

    He’s gotten better with age. The bit of gray looks great.

  12. Esther says:

    ugh the “women will drop their panties if i use some benevolent sexism” guy.

    but he’ll not only get away with it but also be praised because white and good looking.

    • lane says:

      Serious? You’re going to rag on him for saying something nice and generally true about women? Ugh. This is why we can never win.

      • Esther says:

        its not “generally true” about women and benevolent sexism is still sexism.

        by the way this “caring” and “compassionate” stereotype is one of the reasons women are expected to work in caring professions.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        I agree, Esther, and the expectation that women are “nicer” than men leads to double standards in business. An aggressive man is a go getter. An aggressive woman is a bitch.

      • V4Real says:

        Wait another poster just pointed something out. Was he talking about all women or was he just talking about Wonder Woman. WW is a compassionate superhero.

        Yep just re-read it; he’s talking about Wonder Woman, not every woman. He’s talking about what we can learn from her character.

    • alice says:

      I agree. if this is the way he’ll be promoting WW he’d better shut his mouth because It might sound good to his drooling fans bc he’s a pretty boy, but in general he’s just digging deeper on the stereotype that women are sweet and men are badasses.

  13. GreenieWeenie says:

    reminds me of a class I taught on environmental philosophy…same thing. Feminists were all about attaching stereotypical female qualities to care of the earth, etc. Obvious problem is obvious: embracing a stereotype doesn’t make it any more accurate or representative.

  14. Miss M says:

    I am always on the fence with Chris Pine. He is handsome, smart and well spoken. But, based on his dating history, he seems vapid.
    I liked this interview and i am glad he is supporting Gal Gadot.

    • lane says:

      Sooooo you think he’s smart and well spoken but based only on the fact that he dates women that you deem not smart, even though you don’t know them, that makes him vapid? Wow.

      • alice says:

        IMO his dating history would show that he has an issue with dating “equals”He goes for women he can easily discard, and has the upper hand when it comes to success, money, looks. He’s insecure.

      • V4Real says:

        @Alice wait. Like I said I was a bartender when I dated a popular soap star so therefore my boyfriend was insecure and I was less than him. Gees, thanks a lot.
        Thanks for your armchair diagnosis of people you don’t know.

      • alice says:

        V4Real. No. I’m talking exclusively about the topic of this gossip post: Pine. We’re not here to do armchair diagnosis on any other person that is not the celebrity on topic. you offered yourself your personal experience but I’m not interested in commenting on that.

    • V4Real says:

      I won’t rag on anyone about their dating habits. My ex was a popular character on a soap opera when he dated me when I was just a bartender in a nightclub. He’s the one that Pine’s personality reminds me of. Before me his girlfriend worked in a restaurant. Eventually he married someone in the real estate business before he died.

      • Miss M says:

        @v4real: i was referring let’s say a reality star, he dated, not ragging on professions. I never mentioned jobs, i mentioned some women he dated are known to be vapid like Audrina P. I never heard bartenders being vapid or dumb.
        @lane: do you have a problem with my opinion? Before you go kn to be upset iver it, learn to have a conversation. Funny, how in this site most of us criticiZed Clooney dating habits and i cannot say anything about Chris pine’s. Next time you comment on someone’s post, please make sure you read properly because I did not call any of his exes dumb.

      • V4Real says:

        @Miss M. He also dated Vail Bloom another reality star on Vanderpump Rules. I’m not sure if she’s vapid though, she might be but I don’t watch that show.

    • Miss M says:

      @Alice: Well said, i totally forgot about that.

  15. Jessica says:

    I think leaders, regardless of sex, should lead with logic and intellect, first and foremost. A woman leading with compassion is just as bad as a man leading with violence: They are both overly emotional.

    I understand that Pine is trying to be positive and pro-woman, but why can’t the message be something along the lines of: “Women and female-lead stories can be just as interesting, fun, and exciting as men and male-lead stories”? Why does the message have to be, “Women are compassionate, men are violent, therefore women are better”?

    Having said that, I am glad there is at least one Hollywood man out there who is cool with taking the supporting role in a female-lead action film and is openly proud of it.

  16. shan says:

    he is LITERALLY gary from team america.

  17. Hazel says:

    Yeah…Margaret Thatcher, pure compassion.

  18. Betti says:

    I’d still do him if he kept his mouth shut however he isn’t really helping the feminist cause with this tripe.

    Now if it was Squinty (aka Scott Eastwood) saying this I would be on the first plane to LA to punch him.

  19. Mia4s says:

    I agree about him as an actor. Of the “Chrises” he’s probably the best actor.

    He’s actually very good when allowed to play naughty/quirky characters (He was the best part of Into the Woods). He’s not meant for vanilla leading man parts. He actually works as Kirk because of that.

  20. senna says:

    I think Chris is gorgeous, but I cannot with his comment. Saying all women are compassionate leaders is about as insightful as saying all men are aggressive leaders. No. Women are individuals. They are not inherently better or worse leaders than men as a result of their gender; their leadership qualities are about their individual capabilities and aptitudes. This hearkens back to an 18th Century attitude about women as the morally superior and virtuous gender, whose responsibility is to keep men in line and remind them of their better nature. It seems really pandering.

  21. Holmes says:

    Bland, devoid of talent, annoying voice. I always find it weird that he and Eddie Redmayne have practically the same mouth and Eddie gets slammed for it all the time (not on this site specifically, but I’ve seen it on the Internet at large) but this guy doesn’t.

  22. Penelope says:

    I love this guy–he seems genuine and thoughtful. And I so would. :)

  23. Marianne says:

    I saw The Finest Hours and I think its biggest problem was being produced by Disney tbh. Their animated movies and their Marvel/Star Wars movies are fine, but they dont tend to really produce quality material in their other live action material. The movie just seemed to “safe”. Like, they had a character censor the word “dick”. And like, you never really see any deaths.

  24. Yup, Me says:

    He always reminds me of James Marsden.

  25. C says:

    I don’t know why but he always comes across as so fake to me? Like I’m sure he’s a great guy because you never heard anything bad about him. But there’s just something so… smarmy about him.

  26. Debutante says:

    He is so damn handsome. Why is his career not bigger ?
    Just so classically Hollywood movie star to me.

  27. Kori says:

    He and Christoph Waltz were both really funny in Horrible Bosses 2. They actually showed up and were having fun unlike most of the cast. It was nice to see a funny side of the 2.

    OH, and as a feminism sidenote–did anyone catch the Gloria Steinem/Bill Maher thing? He asked her why young females were flocking to Bernie and not to Hilary. She responded that “ when you’re young, you’re thinking, where are the boys? The boys are with Bernie…” So even feminist icons are above being sexist and reductive. I mean my 21 yr old-missed-the-last election-by-3-weeks-and-can’t-wait-to-vote-this-year daughter is VERY pro-Bernie and for a litany of reasons, none of them having to do with the male of the species. (IF anything, she’s harassing her 18 yr old brother to support Bernie) 1) females shouldn’t be expected to vote for Hilary ONLY because she’s a woman and 2) females can want to vote for Sanders for reasons other than trolling for dates–or using the menfolk as a guide on how to vote depending on what your take is on the quote. (And if women don’t like to be called ‘girls’ then don’t call men ‘boys’.) I thought celebitchy may actually have a post about it since there have been a number on the issue.