Category: Interviews

‘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.

‘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