Envy Chris Evans. Not only is he enjoying the success as part of the vanguard of movie comic book heroes this year, he gets to score with a bevy of on-screen beauties in his first ever romantic comedy. Yes, Evans, 30, has become a true man of action. Sure, fighting evil as Captain America had its merits. Yet, it was cake in comparison when he had to face the one thing all men fear: brutally frank talk from the ladies. Find out what made the handsome star of What’s Your Number? blush in this candid Personalities Interview.
JORGE CARREON: People seem to forget that you do have some serious comedic chops. You finished What’s Your Number? and went straight into Captain America without a break. Were you able to enjoy the process at all?
CHRIS EVANS: It’s nice doing a comedy. A lot of the movies I’ve made, if they’ve been action-oriented, I’ve still had to be funny. It’s not always fun being the funny piece to an otherwise comedy-less movie, so it’s nice. You share the load and everyone’s happy. It’s like summer camp. Comedies are real light and fun. It’s a great way to spend your day. You go home, you can’t help but bring some of that with you.
CARREON: It also helps to have a co-star like Anna Faris, who is fearless when it comes giving the comedy of the awkward plenty of spark.
EVANS: I don’t know if I can think of another actress that’s funnier than Anna Faris. It’s not like she’s just silly and just wings it. She looks for the truth. She makes sure everything makes sense before she slaps the comedy on it. Not only do you have faith that she’s going to bring something hilarious, but she’s going to anchor the scene in reality and not let it spiral out into the absurd.
CARREON: The R-rated comedy remains very much in favor with audiences. How do you think they will take this splicing with the rom com genre?
EVANS: This is a very sexually forward film. I think that’s what’s great about it. Most romantic comedies tend to play a little safe and this one doesn’t. This movie really does a good job of taking the funniest parts of adult life and really mirroring it and letting that carry the comedy load. It’s a hard R, which I like. Most romantic comedies tend to play a little safe and this one doesn’t and that’s great.
CARREON: What can men learn from watching women offer rather frank talk about sex and relationships?
EVANS: I think men and women aren’t too dissimilar at the end of the day. I don’t think they are at least, at least the women that I know. Women are right there with men when it comes to having a few beers and talking about sex. Any guy that thinks it doesn’t happen needs to wake up because it sure does. They’re worse. Guys will give broad strokes of R-rated comments. Girls will give the same rating of comment, but they go into detail. They really kind of break it down and you’re like, “Man, these girls leave no stone unturned.”
CARREON: Do you think a die-hard player like Colin, the role you play in the film, ever feels the need to settle down?
EVANS: At the end of the day, everybody’s looking for a soul mate. I don’t care what you say, that’s what people are looking for. Colin’s just at a certain age where he’s a little selfish, but he’s still a good man and I think you get to see the journey of him going from one stage of his life to the next.
CARREON: Do you prefer treading the earth as a single man or do you harbor a secret wish to find The One?
EVANS: Oh yeah, I want that eventually. But, I think we’re coming to a point again where everyone’s liberated. I have no opinion on how other people want to live their lives one way or another. Don’t hurt anybody. Whatever you want to do. It’s fine. Just be a good person. Be a good man and have at it.
CARREON: Amazing how many people do look back at their romantic pasts when they hit a certain patch of singlehood. Why do we do that to ourselves?
EVANS: A lot of people have regret. You’d love to kind of rewind meeting a guy or girl you wish you had never encountered, or a guy or a girl you wish you could have back. A lot of times that obsession is what was prevents you from looking to the future. Our message in the movie is that it’s okay to make those mistakes because it’s not what matters.
CARREON: You mentioned that we are living a more liberated time. Yet, we still can’t help but cast judgments on people for their number of romantic entanglements.
EVANS: The preoccupation with people’s number is the very thing that we need to kind of start letting go of because it’s an unnecessary judgment. A lot of times I think what this message is saying is that if you’ve had sex with too many people, you’re somehow soured or you’re no longer ripe. It shouldn’t be the case. Whenever you are ready to take the next step, whether you’ve had sex with two or twenty, it shouldn’t matter.
CARREON: Okay, if it doesn’t matter…what exactly is your number?
EVANS: Oh, I’m not telling you my number. I’m setting that tone now and pleading the fifth across the board.
CARREON: Alright, taking your own total out of the equation. What do you consider too high or too low?
EVANS: What’s too high and what’s too low? I don’t think it’s wrong to have quantity. [PAUSES] I’m giving away too much. [LAUGHS]
Chris Evans stars with Anna Faris in the romantic comedy, What’s Your Number?, opening citywide on September 30. He can also be seen in the drama Puncture, now playing at the Landmark in West Los Angeles. Captain America is set for release on Blu-ray and DVD on October 25. Evans will reprise his role as Captain America in The Avengers next summer.
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