Chris Evans: ‘I can speak fluent bro, but I don’t consider myself one’

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Chris Evans covers the latest issue of Men’s Journal. The cover isn’t great – he looks weirdly Photoshopped – but the interview is really interesting. I like checking in with Evans every so often to see if he’s still a neurotic mess, and guess what? He’s grown up a lot recently, it feels like. The interview takes place inside Chris’s “heavily renovated farmhouse on a couple of snow-covered acres outside Boston.” He owns a place in LA, but he describes his Boston-adjacent abode as his real home, the one where he spends most of his time. You can tell that he feels very relaxed and comfortable in this interview, and I think that’s why. You can read the full piece here. Some highlights:

His luxurious but minimalist farmhouse: “The older I get, I shed a lot. I like running clean.” A Bösendorfer upright piano is probably the flashiest thing here—Evans has been playing since he was young. He also plays guitar and says he can “fake it” on the drums. “When I’m here, I feel much more like myself, the way I was when I was a kid, when I was only pursuing acting as a hobby because that’s what it was—a hobby.”

His favorite activity: “I love to rollerblade. It’s a bummer that rollerblading became uncool, because it’s f–king awesome. You have wheels on your f–king feet. Come on! My friends make fun of me, but I f–king love it.”

Hanging out with his bros at the farmhouse: “It’s a wicked lucky thing,. We have a real tight group of eight or 10 guys. The majority of them are in the suburbs, and they all have kids. Now on the weekends, they come over here. We just drink, you know, and bulls–t. I was never much of a ‘I can’t wait to leave this town’ kind of kid. This is home to me. I have no desire to lay down roots somewhere else.”

Getting to present at the Oscars with Jennifer Lopez: “She’s been a major crush of mine for so long. I was just thinking, Don’t be annoying, don’t be annoying, shut up Chris, just shut up. Don’t be a dickhead. Don’t say anything, because you don’t know what to say.”

Helping Regina King up the steps when she won her Oscar: “The bar is so low that literally I did a normal thing, like on par with saying ‘God bless you’ when somebody sneezes, and people thought it was—I don’t know.”

Putting down Captain America’s shield: “It felt like graduating high school or college, you know. For the last month of filming I was letting myself go to work every day and be a little overwhelmed and a little nostalgic and grateful. By the last day, I was bawling. I cry pretty easy, but I was definitely bawling.”

Why he thinks people were interested in his relationship with Jenny Slate: “Yeah [people thought I was bro-ish]. I think she may have even, at first. But then she was just like, ‘Man, you’re not like what I thought you were going to be.’ I can speak fluent bro, but I don’t consider myself one. I wear a hat, and I drink beer, and I like sports. But I was a big theater dork in high school, you know what I mean?”

He’s looking for a wife: “I really want kids. Yeah, I do. I like pretty pedestrian, domestic things. I want a wife, I want kids. I like ceremony. I want to carve pumpkins and decorate Christmas trees and sh-t like that.”

[From Men’s Journal]

Chris has said similar things about wanting a wife and wanting to settle down, in the past, I’ve said that it comes across, to me, like a line. A pick-up line – few things are as attractive to most women as a good-looking guy who muses about wanting to settle down and get married and have kids. The thing is, he’s been saying that sh-t for years now. If it was a priority for him, it would have happened by now – no good-looking millionaire would be THAT unlucky in love, that unable to find a brunette with a big booty. Ipso facto, it’s his line. But I also think he’s probably one of those guys who spends all the time in his minimalist farmhouse with his bros and his dog and he never puts it together that if he spends all that time with the bros, he’s not really meeting new women.

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  1. toni says:

    He likes the idea of marriage and children but keeps dating women who are not into it or not suited for the wife, stay at home mom life. He talks the way Brad Pitt talked about children before he had them.

    • Millenial says:

      Yeah, I think he wants that life… when he turns 40. Like, he’ll suddenly find a 28 year old to settle down with and pop out 3 of his kids and make him dinner every night and organize the neighborhood Easter egg hunt.

    • booney says:

      He wants a strong, independent woman who will give up her own career/life/friends to live in Boston with him, be cool with his mom being his best friend and chief confidante, host his bros every weekend, take care of the kids while he’s away for 3 – 4 months on a shoot, and look damn good while doing it. She must be strong and independent though.

  2. ByTheSea says:

    He’s comfortable, so he’s not actually looking. But that’s okay, I think. Better than running through 20 year olds.

  3. Lightpurple says:

    A message from the Concord, MA tourism board: please come and enjoy our historic sites! Walden Pond, Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House, Minuteman National Historical Park, the footsteps of Nathanial Hawthorne, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Henry David Thoreau, and watch Chris Evans rollerblade with his dog Dodger!

    Yes, I have seen the latter. Quite a sight.

    • Lindy79 says:

      I am SO jealous

    • S says:

      That this isn’t an ad on every billboard is malpractice by the tourism board.

      • Lightpurple says:

        Someone is clearly failing at his/her job.

        And the “Attractions” sign for the highway Exit out on Route 128 needs updating

    • Amelie says:

      Hahaha I went to Concord, MA once for a bridal shower! A college friend of mine grew up there. I have definitely been to the Louisa May Alcott House too but that was years ago when I was a kid. My mom’s childhood friend lives in the Boston area and every so often we’d go visit her. I would go back just to see Chris Evans, it’s quite the cute little town and reminds me of where I grew up in the suburbs of NYC.

  4. Jb says:

    It’s totally a line and I don’t see him settling down till his 40s with a young woman in her 20s. He seems ok but he will always be a bro & his support of Brady makes me think that. He is HOTT tho….

    • Kebbie says:

      I actually liked what he had to say about Tom Brady last month. It’s hard to realize your heroes actually suck, but I think it’s dawning on him that his hero might actually suck.

  5. Eva says:

    This interview made me like him a lot. I didn’t before.

    Agree about the wife&kids thing though. Seems like he says this because it’s the ”nice normal guy” thing to say but maybe he hasn’t even thought about what it would actually mean. I’ve noticed men who aren’t very self-aware often say something and think that just saying it makes it true. (For example men who say ”I’m a nice guy” almost never are but they genuinely seem to believe it.)

    • LC says:

      I learned all about the “nice guy” when I started dating again and put a profit online. One of the worst in a passive aggressive way actually had his profile name as GG_____ which was good guy and then his dob.

  6. Alissa says:

    I don’t actually think it’s a line. I think he genuinely wants that, he’s just very comfortable and is waiting for the right person to show up as opposed to looking for her (which isn’t really going to work).

    I think he seems like a genuinely nice and smart guy, and I have zero shade to throw at him. He seems great with kids and dogs, too. Let’s be honest – yeah he’s rich and attractive and famous, that doesn’t tend to attract a lot of the nice girls who just want to settle down on a farmhouse if you know what I mean. He might not have a problem finding a girl but it can certainly be a problem finding the right girl.

    • Lee says:

      He looks and sounds like a smart guy to me. His interviews are always spot on and witty, imho.

    • Lightpurple says:

      And finding the right one is NOT easy. Far too many people marry because they want marriage and kids but it takes a lot more than simply wanting marriage and kids for a marriage to work. 50% of marriages end in divorce. 40% of first marriages end in divorce. 70% of those marriages involve children. Marriage takes work and a lot more than simply wanting marriage and kids. A couple needs to have more shared interests than that.

    • SKF says:

      Yeah I agree. I am far from a millionaire but I am attractive, educated, intelligent, adventurous and fun. I have a good job. I’m 36, and ALL of my friends are married, most with kids and the few without kids are trying for kids. I have dated and dated and dated and it is HARD if the right person doesn’t appear. I have tried to make it work with the wrong people and it doesn’t work. So many people have asked what is wrong with me or why I am so unlucky and it is depressing. When I was 32 I had to give myself a pep talk and just decide that it is okay if these things don’t happen for me. I can live a fabulous life either way. Just because he ticks a lot of boxes for a lot of people, doesn’t mean he will necessarily be able to just snap his fingers and find the right person for himself [ha ha, Thanos pun]. I imagine he does want these things because, as he himself said, all of his best mates are married with kids. It’s hard to be the one person who is not or who is way behind.

  7. Jerusha says:

    He’s very likable. He has an excellent twitter account. He’s politically engaged. He loves dogs. What’s not to like?
    And he’s still young. No need to rush into marriage/children.

    • Jb says:

      Agreed he’s young BUT if he was a 37 yr old woman ppl wouldn’t be telling him to take his time and plenty of time for kids and marriage. A bit unfair for ladies as if you’re in your mid to late 30s you can literally feel the window of that kind of life closing (yes I realize you can still have marriage kids after 40 but chances conceiving naturally and easily diminish). Again since he can (biologically and lifestyle wise) he will be waiting another 5-12yrs before he opts to settle down and till then he’ll live it up, which more power to him but the story would be different if he was a female actress. Not hating on your comment btw as I agree getting married just for the sake of being married is a horrible decision to make…however I know quite a few female friends who have done just that because they want to have kids and a husband before 40. It’s hard to judge them though as the pressure we put on women to do just that is awful. Anyways my point being he’s very lucky and privileged to have the option to play around a little while longer and then still have the option to live a settled life way down the line (and super privileged to have women throwing themselves at him till he decides he’s ready).

      • Jerusha says:

        Not disagreeing with you about the unfairness of biology, but I guess that luckiness applies to any man.. And is he living it up? Apart from the Jenny Slate relationship I’ve heard nothing about his private life. He’s certainly not using his celebrity like Johnny Depp or Leo D. Maybe he’s concentrating on his career while it’s hot, maybe he’s a loner, maybe there’s a SO on the downlow. I don’t know, NMB. I just find him likable.

    • Jenz says:

      He’s not young. He’s a hop and a skip away from 40. My dad was 45 when he had me and that is OLD for a father.

  8. JanetFerber says:

    I’ve always liked him. Seems like a sincere dude.

  9. Snowslow says:

    Rollerblading?! 😆😆😆😆😆

    (a dorky obsession is sweet though).

  10. SM says:

    He is captain America and rich and good looking (yes, but not my type) so he would have been married if he wanted to is a premise for a divorce. I would rather people wait and not jump right into it and have family and then divorce a brief year later

    • Lightpurple says:

      Exactly. Just wanting to be married isn’t enough unless you also want to be divorced.

  11. Tiffany says:

    Now, if that line about marriage and kids came from Leo, I would be laughing at my desk all day long.

    But with Cap, I kinda believe it.

  12. Kebbie says:

    His Jlo comment made me laugh because wasn’t it Jeremy Renner that presented with her and made some “Golden Globes” joke about her boobs? Jeremy had no problem being a dickhead!

  13. Rae says:

    Can’t hate him for waiting for the right one. I’m heading towards my mid thirties and I’m still in no rush.

  14. Dani says:

    I don’t think he’s ‘just saying it’. It’s possible he hasn’t found the right person for him to start that life with, and I honestly respect him more for not rushing in to anything as opposed to marrying the first brunette with a big ass that he found. I also don’t think he’d going to settle down with someone half his age when he’s 40. He’s a bro for sure but he’s not an idiot.

    • S says:

      Maybe, and he has always dated age appropriate women, but at some point the life he says he wants is gonna meet up with biological reality. I mean, sure, there are ways—and he’s got the means to facilitate them—when you’re in your 40s to have kids for women, but it’s a lot more likely that he’d be in his mid-to-late 40s, and marry a women in her late 20s or early 30s, to have that multiple-child family he says he desires.

  15. S says:

    I like Chris Evans. A lot. Definitely my celeb crush, but I do think he is a bro–not a harmful, toxic one, but a dude-bro none-the-less. The women he’s publicly dated mostly don’t fit the quiet family life mold he says he desires, so it’s not shocking he hasn’t found “the one” among them.

    He also has, and knows he does, the luxury of time, unlike a 37-year-old woman, to keep sowing all the wild oats he wants, and then settle down a decade from now with someone 15 or so years younger and still get the fairy tale. Biological male privilege.

    I do side-eye his married dude-bro buds who spend what sounds like frequent weekends drinking with him. I mean, sure, the occasional girls or guys hang is good to remind yourself you’re more than just a parent, or spouse, but even once or twice a month is no bueno when you’re a husband and father. Like, Chris Evans doesn’t have to grow up, because he’s rich, powerful and single, without a regular 9-5 job he’s committed to every weekday … The same doesn’t go for his suburban dad pals who should be spending at least a lot of that weekend free time with, you know, their actual families and children. And if their best bud wasn’t a movie star, I bet they would be far more likely to do just that.

    This is where Evans runs into the conundrum of being his Boston bro-self vs being a Hollywood movie star. His high school pals have grown up and moved on, and he hasn’t, but isn’t willing to let them go and just hang with other movie stars in L.A., who have the same lifestyle he does.

    • North of Boston says:

      I’ve got a guy friend who claims he’d like to be married, and yet every Saturday, he’s hanging out at home at his condo, with his friends and brothers – grilling up some steaks and having some drinks. I’m thinking that meeting someone and getting married isn’t as high a priority as he says it is, and that’s fine.

      But after hearing about these weekend gatherings for years, it’s made me think much less of the married guys that join in every weekend without their partners and kids. Occasionally joining in and keeping in touch with their guy friends? Sure, go for it. But if my husband were to start spending every Friday night, and every Saturday afternoon-night at some guy friend’s condo EVERY weekend? There would be words. I get that when you’re in your early 20′s if some friend is going to spring for steaks and beer, you’d absolutely be there no questions asked. But when you’re a 37 year old father of 2, maybe there could be something higher on your priority list than “free eats and bro-bonding” 2 out of 7 days a week.

    • booney says:

      Just commented the same about his bros being over every weekend. Can’t imagine their respective families appreciate that!

  16. Amelie says:

    He seems like a nice guy and it’s nice to see he’s always dated age appropriate women. I follow him on Twitter and I like the stuff he tweets. My guess is he’s a bit like Prince Harry in the way it’s hard for him to find someone who doesn’t get overwhelmed and insecure at how famous he is. Once Harry decided to get serious about finding a life partner, he had trouble finding someone who wanted to settle down with him due to the whole public life as a royal. Chelsy and Cressida both knew they didn’t want that life and ended things with him because of it.

    Obviously Chris is not a royal and I don’t think he will always be dominating the public eye forever now that his stint in Marvel movies is up. But I dunno maybe he has commitment issues or has other issues that prevent his relationships from sticking. I think it was on this board I saw he has a history of breaking up with exes and getting back together with them? I only remember his relationship with Jenny Slate, I didn’t really pay attention to who he dated before then. He seems like a nice guy from what I can tell and while he is totally a a bit dude bro that’s okay. I’m sure he’ll find someone eventually.

    • Dee Kay says:

      I think the comparison to Prince Harry is apt. It’s easy for a rich, famous, nice, decent man to find women willing to marry them, but the right woman would have to be very special. She would have to both not mind being in the spotlight AND also not *need* that spotlight. She would have to be the kind of person who wants to spend some of her time dressed up and going to events and doing the actual work of socializing with lots and lots of strangers and being charming and posing for photos, etc. (which can be completely exhausting and untenable for introverts), AND she would have to actually love the man for himself, and be great and happy and content when it was just the two of them, and actively want to make a home and a family with him. A lot of people who would marry these kinds of men are either “famewhores” (i.e., great in the limelight) or stay-at-home gals, and they need wives who can be both. Harry got lucky, lucky, lucky with Meghan.

      However, if Evans’s stardom fades, then he will be doing a lot fewer red carpets and have a lot less paparazzi following him around, eventually. Maybe then he can marry a nice Boston lady who just wants to raise his kids. How his career goes from here might determine a lot about when and who he marries.

  17. Case says:

    I think he seems like a genuinely nice, smart guy. And I believe he definitely contains multitudes — he’s a dude bro to an extent, but also clearly a musical theater dork. I applaud him for not just marrying a random model because he wants kids. Most of us, and certainly Captain America himself, could find SOMEONE to settle down with, sure. Being the right person to settle down with is an entirely different issue. And I can’t blame him for wanting to pursue his career while its still hot. He has a lot of time to start a family in the future.

  18. iconoclast59 says:

    I’ve always been kind of sorry that Chris Evans and Jessica Biel didn’t work out. They enjoyed doing sporty things, and looked really hot together (shallow, I know). Jessica and Justin Timberlake seem so weirdly mismatched, and I feel like her personality has been swallowed whole in that marriage.

    • Wishy says:

      I agree with you totally about Jessica and Chris. I like Chris Evans but don’t find him hot for some reason. (I saw Endgame and found his Captain America outfit (and some of his lines) embarrassing.) He’s one of the more likeable actors in his age bracket out there and he does seem genuine and aware.

  19. booney says:

    Ironic that he claims to want a family, then asks his friends, who are married w/ kids, to spend weekends with him presumably doing bro-stuff? Shouldn’t they be with their wives and kids doing family stuff?