Chris Evans has won millions of hearts around the world with his role as Steve Rogers (Captain America) in Marvel’s superhero film series. Following the success of the series and its sequels, he now ranks among the highest-paid actors in the world. While his role in the Captain America franchise can’t be forgotten in a hurry, it’s noteworthy that Chris Evans has equally appeared in many other blockbuster and thriller movies. Some of his notable works include Street Kings, Snowpiercer, Fantastic Four, and The Iceman, among others.
Following his rise to fame, Chris continues to spark curiosity among his fans and moviegoers, with many wanting to know more about his swift and phenomenal rise to fame and wealth. For the curious, we have gathered here, all the bits of information about Chris Evans’ acting career, including the works that made him big in the filming industry. You’ll also discover interesting facts about his incredible body transformation, as well as details of his romantic affairs.
How Chris Evans Began His Acting Career
Born as Christopher Robert Evans on 13th June 1981, in Boston, Massachusetts, Chris made his acting debut in 1997 at the age of 16. The exceptional actor, who grew up in Boston’s neighboring town of Sudbury, discovered his acting talents during his days at the Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School, after performing excellently in several of his school plays.
Aside from acting, Chris had wanted to become a professional painter. However, his passion for the former took the lead. He, therefore, enrolled at New York’s Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute after graduating from high school to hone his acting skills. Evans made his acting debut with the role of Rick in the 1997 educational film, Biodiversity: Wild About Life! Following this, he landed his first television and starring role in Fox’s teen comedy-drama, Opposite Sex (2000).
Since then, he has appeared in over fifty movies and TV series. He has also featured in several theater productions, music videos, video games, and web series. Among Chris Evans’ numerous acting roles, only a few brought him much popularity and wealth.
Which Films Earned Him the Most Fame and Money?
Fantastic Four (2005)
Chris Evans gained his first massive media attention after starring as Jonny Storm a.k.a Human Torch in Marvel’s superhero film, Fantastic Four (2005). He later reprised his role of Storm in the movie’s 2007 sequel, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer. Both the main film and its sequel earned the actor three award nominations. The film, which was also a box office success, earned Chris some big bucks in salary.
Chris Evans landed his big break with the role of Steve Rogers (later Captain America) in Marvel Comic Universe collection of superhero films starting with Captain America: The First Avenger (2011). Surprisingly, Chris turned down the role of Captain America at least three times before accepting it. He was afraid of what the sudden fame would do to his private life. However, Robert Downey Jr. used his stellar persuasion skills to get him to come on-board the Marvel ship. Chris subsequently played the role in a total of eleven films, including four cameo appearances between 2011 and 2019.
Aside from massively increasing his fan base, Chris Evans had his net worth receive a deafening bang from the role. Before Captain America, the Fantastic Four star had a net worth of $5 million. Although he reportedly earned just $300,000 from The First Avenger, his salaries skyrocketed in subsequent films to hit some eight digits. His work in these Marvel film series eventually established him as one of the highest-paid actors in the world. His role also earned him a total of thirty-two award nominations, out of which he won six.
In this 2017 drama film, Chris Evans played the lead role of Frank Adler. He starred alongside popular names like Octavia Spencer and Lindsay Duncan. While the movie became a box office smash, Chris Evans once again felt his pocket get wetter and heavier with his role in the Marc Webb-directed film.
Knives Out (2019)
Rian Johnson’s mystery film, Knives Out is another big-screen project that had Chris Evans among its major cast. Chris played the starring role of Hugh Ransom Drysdale in this high-grossing 2019 movie. Knives Out brought in a whopping $287.4 million and this surely reflected on the salaries of its stars, including Chris. Also, sharing the screen with movie icons like Daniel Craig, Lee Curtis, and Michael Shannon, Evans won more fan following, especially those who weren’t into Marvel comics.
With all these movies listed above and more, Chris Evans has been able to amass a whopping net worth of $70 million.
Surprising Facts About Chris Evans’ Bodybuilding
Talks about Chris Evans working on his body began to emerge following the release of Captain America: The First Avengers. Considering the scrawny body Chris’ initial character of Steve Rogers spotted at the beginning of the film, many began to wonder how he eventually achieved the brawny Captain America body.
The truth is that some special effects were used to achieve the very skinny Rogers because Chris wasn’t as small as that in real life at the time. But that does not mean that he did not work on himself to fit into the later superhero character of Captain America. While a secret magic serum was used in the movie to achieve the bodybuild, Evans followed some strict real-life routines to have it in place for real. He had to put on over 20 pounds to have that look, and it was lots of hard work!
The actor told USA Weekend that the secret to his transformation was working out two hours daily (sometimes twice daily) with a trainer and maintaining a protein-heavy diet, even when he wasn’t hungry. He described it as a “grueling process”. The results are, however, worth the rigors… talk about a no pain, no gain story. Yes, he has some pretty good genes, but his genes cannot take all the credit on this one, he buckled down and did some intense bodybuilding, which involved a lot of bodyweights like squats, deadlifts, shoulder and incline bench presses alongside free weight exercises like weighted dips and push-ups that took place every weekday for months.
In addition to these, he engaged in some arduous gymnastics training and a bunch of plyometric exercises. A look at Chris Evans’ entire physique at the moment shows that he stands at about an inch less than 6 feet, and has a muscular and athletic body that weighs around 88 kilograms. As for his body measurements, they measure 47-17-32 inches for Chest, Biceps, and Waist, respectively.
A Look at Chris Evans Relationship Timeline
Chris Evans is one of those men who believe they should have fun as far as romance is concerned. Since hitting the spotlight in the early 2000s, Evans has been romantically linked to over ten female celebrities. We will, however, take a look at his most publicized love affairs below.
Now Justin Timberlake’s wife (m. 2012), Jessica Biel dated Chris Evans between 2001 and 2006. Their open love affair lasted while the duo co-starred in films like Cellular (2004) and London (2005). Not long after, they parted ways. While their relationship lasted, Chris and Jessica often talked about marriage and kids, but sadly, they never lived their dreams.
Chris and Minka had an on-and-off relationship that spanned over seven years. The Avengers star initially hooked up with the Friday Nights Lights star in 2007. The pair split a few years later only to reunite in 2012 and break up again in 2013. The lovebirds, however, were still spotted together in 2014 and 2015.
Chris Evans’ relationship with Jenny Slate remains one of his most media-covered affairs. The duo met each other while filming Gifted (2016) and remained together till March 2018. Despite calling it quits with love and romance, Chris and Jenny remain very good friends. Both of them have always said the nicest things about each other during interviews such that fans are sincerely wishing they’d give it a second chance.
However, that’s completely far from possible as Jenny Slate is already engaged to a popular art curator, Ben Shattuck. Evans, on his side, appears to be single at the moment as he hasn’t come out with yet another lover. He also revealed in a recent interview that he is not ready for another relationship at the moment.