To quote Adam Lujan, even Captain America had to beg for work sometimes – fingers crossed it wasn’t with Hydra.
Yesterday (9th June 2016), Chris Evans shared a throwback photo on Twitter of an old cover letter he wrote during his junior year of high school while trying to score a theatre internship during the spring of 1998. A then-17-year-old Christopher Evans (as he called himself then) apparently filled “dozens” of casting agencies with his plea, according to his tweet.
“I am writing this letter to introduce myself to you and to make myself available to your firm for possible internship work during the summer of 1998,” the actor begins.
He continues saying, “I have been very actively involved in theatre for seven years and have chosen to spend the summer of 1998, taking acting classes on Saturdays at the Lee Strasburg Institute in New York City.” Huffington Post pointed out that Evans actually misspelled “Strasberg” as “Strasburg”.
“Since my weekdays will be open, I was hoping to arrange an internship in the city allowing someone to take advantage of a hardworking individual like me, in exchange for a tremendous opportunity to be exposed to the business side of theatre. I have enclosed a resume for your review. I would greatly welcome any input you might have. I am currently planning on visiting New York City during the week of April 20th to April 26th. I could make myself available to you then or at any time you wish, should an interview be desired,” he added.
So, was teenage Evans successful in nabbing the job? Considering his aww-worthy letter was so well written (despite a teeny-weeny error) and polite, it’s no surprise the actor landed an internship.
In a follow-up tweet, he elaborated, “And the resume/headshot I sent along with it is BEYOND humiliating. Truly comical. Luckily it did somehow lead to an internship. #dumbluck”
It’s always encouraging to know that even success stories like Evans’ came from humble beginnings. And his dedication definitely paid off. Just a few years after 1998, the Boston native got his big break playing a popular jock in 2001’s “Not Another Teen Movie” and later starred in the 1st “Fantastic Four” film. More recently, 34-year-old actor was seen portraying Marvel’s esteemed superhero, Captain America, in “Captain America: Civil War”.
You can check out the endearing full cover letter below:
Now, about that “humiliating” headshot, can we please see it? 😀