What is it like to date Captain America?
Although Jenny Slate’s 9-month-relationship with Chris Evans was made public last month, the comedic actress seems to be at peace with it. Slate recently spoke about her split from Evans and why they didn’t work out.
When the Marvel action star first expressed romantic interest in Slate, the actress was surprised and didn’t think she fit the mold. “To be quite honest, I didn’t think I was his type. Eventually, when it was like, ‘Oh, you have these feelings for me?’, I was looking around like, ‘Is this a prank?’ I mean, I understand why I think I’m beautiful, but if you’ve had a certain lifestyle and I’m a very, very different type of person—I don’t want to be an experiment,” said Slate.
Although Evans never treated Slate that way, there were moments when she wasn’t comfortable about their courtship. “If you are a woman who really cares about her freedom, her rights, her sense of being an individual, it is confusing to go out with one of the most objectified people in the entire world,” she shared.
The actress also recalled on several occasions when random women would approach her in public “being like, ‘Oh my God, is that Chris Evans? He’s so hot!’ You’re like, ‘How dare you? That’s my boyfriend. But yes, he’s so hot.’”
“Of course, it didn’t help that in Hollywood, I’m considered some sort of alternative option even though I know I’m a majorly vibrant sexual being,” Slate added.
Slate, 34, and Evans, 35, met on the set of their family drama, “Gifted”. The story centres on Evans’ character, Frank Adler, as he tries to give his 7-year-old niece a normal childhood following the death of her mother.
When the cast was filming “Gifted”, Evans would regularly invite the other actors over for games. “At first I was like, ‘What a f**king nightmare’. Chris is a different speed than me…and so when he was like, ‘Game nights,’ I was like, ‘This is annoying. This guy’s like a sports guy. He’s the kid that likes P.E.’” Slate recalled.
As we all know, Evans eventually won Slate over. “I first really liked Chris as a person because he is so unpretentious. He is a straight-up 35-year-old man who wants to play games. That’s it. I was like, ‘I’d better not discount this, because this is purity’,” she added.
“Chris is truly one of the kindest people I’ve ever met, to the point where sometimes I would look at him and it would kind of break my heart. He’s really vulnerable, and he’s really straightforward. He’s like primary colours. He has beautiful, big, strong emotions, and he’s really sure of them,” she continued.
Ultimately, Evans’ global fame and them dating in the public eye proved too much for Slate to handle. “Chris is a very, very famous person. For him to go to a restaurant is totally different than for me to go. I sit in my window and I say ‘Hi’ to people on the street. I have more freedom because I’m not Captain America. I’m mostly a cartoon,” she told Vulture.
“The stress that I saw him be put under, I’ve never seen that before, and he handled that really gracefully,” the actress said. “He’s not stressed. I was the person that was stressed.”
On top of that, Slate admitted that she may not have been in the right mindset to enter another relationship having just divorced her husband Dean Fleischer-Camp. “Even though we had an amicable divorce, I think that’s still something that you need to mourn,” Slate shared before continuing, “That is really, really sad. I just didn’t have the tools. And I didn’t think very hard about that, to be honest.”
Although Slate and Evans haven’t spoken since their split, the pair will reunite during the promotional tour for “Gifted”. “We’re not on bad terms, but we haven’t really seen each other, spoken a lot. I think it’s probably best,” she said. “I’d love to be his friend one day, but we threw down pretty hard. No regrets, though. Ever.”
Regardless of the outcome, we sincerely wish the 2 of them the best of luck ;)