Actor Chris Evans on his latest rom-com, Playing it Cool, his toughest date and being part of the Gucci family
fter watching Chris Evans as the daring Captain America in Avengers: Age of Ultron, it will be interesting to see the superhero transform for the romantic movie, Playing it Cool. There isn’t much of a difference between Captain America and Evan’s character in the film—both don’t believe in love. Incidentally, Evans, 33, said in a recent interview that the Cap is probably a virgin! In Playing it Cool, he plays an unromantic scriptwriter who is forced to write a love story. He struggles with the job until he meets actress Michelle Monaghan. Evans, who is rumoured to be dating actor Lily Collins, was previously seen in films like the Fantastic Four and Not Another Teen Movie. As for Cap, Evans is rumored to give up his shield after 2017. More from him about his rom-coms and plans to settle down. Read on:
Did you have second thoughts while signing a rom-com?
I don’t think there’s anything wrong with the rom-com genre, just that there are so few of them with a truly original story to tell. A lot of the time you’re just basically taking the same formula and switching up the actors. I’m willing to give this film the benefit of the doubt, even if it turns out to be the same old story.
What was that one reason for you to sign Playing it Cool?
I read the script and remember laughing out loud a number of times, which is a good thing Secondly, the role is something I can relate to and can pull off. In the movie, I’m initially a selfish guy going through a phase where I’m not looking for a serious relationship, a lot of guys go through this phase in their 20s.
Keeping your character in mind, what was it like when you were in school?
I had a hard time in school with chicks. I mean I had friends but I did plays went to theatre camps and all (laughs).
Who has given you the best love advice?
My mum! She told me that the best thing you could give a woman was attention. She said, ‘listen to her instead of trying to impress her.’ My mum fought for feminism in her day so instilled in me the importance of equality.
Which has been your toughest date till today?
I went on a date with a girl who I knew was not terribly good with English. But then we got to the date I learnt that she was really bad, she was really really struggling with English. That was one looong date!
Where do you see yourself in the coming few years?
Settled, hopefully. My 20s was a time for self-exploration and a little self-indulgence. I’m at the point now where I’m ready to take the next step and settle down.
Are you an active philanthropist?
I am a part of the Gucci family and support Gucci Chime for Change. I personally chime for education and I’m the face of the fragrance Gucci Guilty. For me a Gucci Guilty man is daring, sensual, provocative and a risk-taker.
Who is Chris Evans in reality?
Well, I was dumped at my senior prom—I was 18 and in love. We danced all night, then she got back together with her ex. It broke my heart. I am a romantic. I hope everyone has those experiences that are so personal that cannot be expressed. It might be a date that lasted just five seconds or a date that lasted all night.
Playing is Cool is scheduled to release today.