‘Awards Chatter’ Podcast — Chris Evans (‘Defending Jacob’)

Best known for playing Captain America, the Boston native reflects on the panic attacks that almost led him to abandon acting, repeatedly turning down Marvel before reconsidering and following eight years in the MCU with an Apple TV+ limited series.

“I’m at a point now where I have a little more room to breathe,” says Chris Evans, the actor best known for his work in seven of Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters of not only the past decade, but ever, playing Steve Rogers, aka Captain America, in Marvel’s Captain America: The First Avenger (2011), The Avengers (2012), Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014), Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), Captain America: Civil War (2016), Avengers: Infinity War (2018) and Avengers: Endgame (2019).

As we record an episode of The Hollywood Reporter’s Awards Chatter podcast, the 38-year-old continues: “Sometimes I wake up and don’t have any appetite to make a film. And then other times I can’t wait to get on set because I have a new ‘strength,’ maybe, in risk-taking: I’m more excited to get to set and take some big swings and not be so concerned about, ‘Will this end it all for me?’ And I think that’s where the best work comes from, especially on Defending Jacob.”

Evans is referring to the acclaimed new eight-part limited series on Apple TV+, adapted from William Landay’s 2012 novel of the same name, on which he served as an executive producer and stars as an assistant district attorney working a murder case that leads him to very uncomfortable places. “I really took some swings and made a mess, not quite thinking about consequence or whether this will impact getting future jobs,” Evans says, “and I think that’s where some of the best work comes from.” [Source]

LISTEN: You can hear the entire interview below.

Chris Evans Appearing on ‘Awards Chatter’ Podcast Monday, May 25!

With Memorial Day set to be a lot different than years past, what’s a better way to spend it than listening to a podcast featuring Captain America himself, Chris Evans?

Thanks to Scott Feinberg and Awards Chatter, we get to do just that. Awards Chatter, hosted by Feinberg, is “a podcast that features in-depth interviews with the most interesting and accomplished people in show business.” Feinberg teased the podcast on Twitter today, previewing an hour-long chat about Evans’ theater roots, his struggle with anxiety, the years spent as the leader of the Avengers Steve Rogers, and his newest hit Apple TV+ limited series, Defending Jacob, which has already been predicted to earn him a few awards nods (and we would have to agree.)

Awards Chatter is available on Apple Podcasts and can be found here! Tune in Monday, May 25 to hear from Chris Evans, and check out Defending Jacob on Apple TV+ if you haven’t already, the finale will be available to stream on Friday, May 29 exclusively on Apple TV+! [Source]

Chris Evans to Appear on ‘The Graham Norton Show’ with Niall Horan and More

Join Graham Norton on his virtual couch for another star-studded lineup!

Next Friday, May 29 on The Graham Norton Show catch Chris Evans and Michelle Dockery as they chat about their new Apple TV+ hit Defending Jacob, plus appearances by Lady Gaga, Josh Gad, and Michaela Coel. Niall Horan will also be doing an at home performance!

You can catch The Graham Norton Show at 11 p.m. EDT on BBC America. [Source]

Chris and Scott Evans Take the Bro Couples Challenge

Chris Evans and his brother Scott tackle a sibling version of the Couples Challenge, answering questions about each other’s quarantine behavior by pointing with their eyes closed to test how well they know each other.

Chris Evans: Defending Jacob Episode Stills

I have added some episode stills of Chris Evans from Defending Jacob. You can go to the gallery to take a look.

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Television Productions > 2020 | Defending Jacob > 1×01 – Pilot
Television Productions > 2020 | Defending Jacob > 1×02 – Everything Is Cool
Television Productions > 2020 | Defending Jacob > 1×03 – Poker Faces
Television Productions > 2020 | Defending Jacob > 1×04 – Damage Control
Television Productions > 2020 | Defending Jacob > 1×05 – Visitors

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Chris Evans Appearing on At Home Edition of ‘The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon’

With his new Apple TV+ show making headlines, Chris Evans has once again become a household name, even without the shield and cowl. Next week, the star of the new hit Apple TV+ miniseries Defending Jacob will be heading back to late night with a remote appearance on the At Home Edition of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on May 14.

Also appearing with Evans will be Mo Willems and a presumed performance by Maroon 5.

New episodes of Defending Jacob are available every Friday exclusively on Apple TV+, with the eighth and final episode available on May 29.

The At Home Edition of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon airs weeknights on NBC at 11:35 p.m ET. [Source]

Chris Evans Finally Joins Instagram

It’s not like Evans is a stranger to social media. He’s been on Twitter for eight years — since May 2012. In that time, he’s engaged with fans, interacted with his fellow superheroes, and shared countless photos of his beloved dog, Dodger. Oh, and he’s promoted his projects, from his MCU entries to his latest Oscar-winning film, Knives Out.

Evans isn’t afraid to get political online. In addition to the usual criticisms of the president you see from many celebrities, he has cultivated quite a following in the space. So much so, in fact, that he decided to use his clout to start a political website, A Starting Point, which is meant to be a bipartisan site “to help inform and unify our divided electorate,” according to an interview with Esquire.

While Twitter is certainly the place for politics, Evans does like to post photos. So it’s a bit surprising that he stayed away from Instagram for as long as he did. However, on May 1, 2020, Evans shared his first post on the social media platform, on his newly verified account. Check it out above (along with a joke about a controversial comment of his Marvel co-star, Scarlett Johansson).

For someone who likes Twitter, it was perhaps a bit odd that Evans chose to simply post a large tree not accompanied by a caption or explanation of any kind. So it wasn’t surprising when, after amassing over 116,000 likes in just a couple of hours, Evans took it down in exchange for another post. Continue reading

‘Defending Jacob’ a homecoming for Chris Evans

Chris Evans’ latest TV project had a nice lure built in — he was able to stay close to his Boston-area home.

“I got to sleep in my own bed and see my family on the weekends. And it felt really, for a little while, like I had a regular 9-to-5 job,” the actor said. “That’s tough to beat.”

Evans stars in the eight-part Apple TV Plus drama series “Defending Jacob,” which is set in the Boston suburbs. The “Captain America” star got to lean into his natural accent and visit spots he knew growing up.

But there was one part that was inauthentic: He didn’t get to wear his own Red Sox cap during filming. “I offered to use mine, but mine didn’t look as weathered. Mine was a bit new,” he said, laughing.

Evans stars as an assistant district attorney in a Boston suburb whose 14-year-old son is accused of killing a classmate. He investigates the crime, risking his career as his marriage is shaken and both parents learn they really know little about the private life of their son.

The show raises questions about genetics, family secrets and trust. “Hopefully it’s something that keeps you thinking well after it’s over,” Evans said.

British actress Michelle Dockery stars as the teen’s mother. The “Downton Abbey” veteran said she was attracted to the project because it explored a family’s dynamics under stress. Continue reading

Chris Evans, Michelle Dockery, & Jaeden Martell Break Down ‘Defending Jacob’

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