Friday, December 23, 2011

Is Captain America Star Chris Evans the Luckiest Man Alive?

The face of Gucci Guilty Intense discusses his sexy video shoot with Evan Rachel Wood, his plans for the holidays, and how he gets in shape for all those comic-book movies.

Interview by Jason Chen

We recently got the chance to sit down with Chris Evans—the star of Captain America and the face of Gucci's Guilty Intense fragrance—to learn a little bit about what it's like to represent a fragrance campaign and, um, Captain America. Turns out it's not all that different from our lives—the guy still chills at home and picks up his little sister. Read on for more.

DETAILS: So let's start off with the campaign video. Sexy stuff. How was working with Evan Rachel Wood?
Chris Evans: She's awesome. We actually instantly got along because she's very much my type of girl: Very laid-back, likes to go out and have a good time. And this was a shoot where you have to check your ego at the door because you're rolling around with your clothes off and it's intimate, and Evan and I got along right away.

DETAILS: So obviously you're a fan of the fragrance. How do you like to put it on? You ask 10 guys and you'll get 10 different answers.
Chris Evans: I actually don't put any directly on my skin like I know a lot of guys do. I like to do a couple spritzes and the walk through. You don't want to overdo it. You don't want to be the guy that people smell and are like, "Come on, bro."

DETAILS: What's the rest of your grooming routine like?
Chris Evans: I'm a pretty low-maintenance guy. If I had my way, I would keep my head shaved year round so I wouldn't have to worry about hair. I also like having a beard. I really try to spend as little time as possible on grooming. I think if you have a good moisturizer and a solid razor to clean up the beard, you're golden.

DETAILS: What about your diet and workout routine? You had to get ripped to play Captain America both in that movie and in The Avengers.
Chris Evans: Well, as of late there really hasn't been one. I decided to take a bit of a break! We finished The Avengers back in September, and coming from Captain America right into The Avengers, essentially I felt like I'd been working out for over a year straight. So I've taken a bit of a break. But when I am working out, diet doesn't really come into it. I have a pretty fast metabolism, so I don't really have to worry about getting pudgy. What I try to do when I'm working out is taking in a lot of heavy protein—clean chicken, clean meats.

DETAILS: And your workout?
Chris Evans: My workout routine isn't too fancy either. I don't have some cool P90X thing that I do. I just pick up heavy stuff and put it back down. It's really simple stuff. It's like the stuff I learned in high school.

DETAILS: Well, it's obviously working! Since it's the end of the year, let's talk about some of the cool things that you loved this year. What's your favorite movie of 2011? Besides your own, of course.
Chris Evans: I have trouble with this because I'll say movies that are, like, four years old! I really liked The Fighter. Was that this year or last year? I don't see movies! I watch movies that were, like, from years ago. I heard Warrior was great. I didn't see it, but I read the script and I actually wanted the job.

DETAILS: Okay, well, how about the music album you're listening to? It doesn't even have to be from this year.
Chris Evans: Do people still buy albums? It's so heartbreaking. I remember going to Strawberries and Tower Records and buying an album and listening from beginning to end and going through the book, but who does that anymore? Although someone just gave me the XX with Notorious album.

DETAILS: I know that—it's great!
Chris Evans: Oh my goodness, I'm killing it. It's not great, because I'm going to hate it in a month since it's the only thing I'm listening to.

DETAILS: What are your holiday plans this year?
Chris Evans: I'm from Boston, so I've actually been there since September. I try to take at least a month off, and this year I got lucky and got a couple. So I've been in Boston and will be there till January.

DETAILS: What are your favorite things to do in Boston?
Chris Evans: Nothing. That's the best part. When you go to Boston, that's an indication that you're not working. If you're not working, that means sleeping late, hanging with the family. My whole family's there, so I go back to the house that I grew up in and do stuff that I did 15 years ago. I'll run errands with my mother and pick my sister up from school.

DETAILS: It's funny, you don't have a trace of any Boston accent.
Chris Evans: Get a few drinks in me and it'll come out.

DETAILS: Do you have any new year's resolutions?
Chris Evans: It's been, like, the same new year's resolution for, like, a decade, but I really think I'm going to do it this year. I always say I should do more yoga. Or do yoga—more would mean I do some. I've done none. But I always want to do yoga because I'm getting old. Nerves are getting pinched every other day, and I really just gotta get more limber.

DETAILS: Do you have a special kind you want to get into?
Chris Evans: I actually did Bikram—

DETAILS: We did a story on Bikram Choudhury! All about the cult surrounding him and such.
Chris Evans: I have some friends in L.A. who trained with him, and I've heard . . . not the best things! But I've done his yoga, and I almost passed out. I don't think that's the one for me. I'll just do the standard yoga. Just watch, though, we'll do this interview again next year, and I'll be like, "I really want to get into yoga! Didn't happen in 2012, but 2013 is the year."


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