Chris Evans has won millions of hearts around the world with his role as Steve Rogers (Captain America) in Marvel’s superhero movie series. Following the success of the series and its sequels, he is now one of the highest-paid actors in the world. Although his role in the Captain America franchise cannot be forgotten so quickly, it is remarkable that Chris Evans has also appeared in many other blockbuster and thriller films. Among his remarkable works are Street Kings, Snowpiercer, Fantastic Four, and The Iceman.
After his rise to fame, Chris Evans continues to ignite the curiosity of his fans and moviegoers, with many wanting to know more about his rapid and phenomenal rise to fame and fortune. For the curious, we’ve put together all the information about Chris Evans’ acting career, including the works that made him great in the film industry. You will also find interesting facts about his incredible body transformation and details about his romantic affairs.
How Chris Evans Began His Acting Career
Born as Christopher Robert Evans on June 13, 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 talent during his time at Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School after he had shown outstanding performances in several of his school plays.
Besides acting, Chris had the desire to become a professional painter. However, his passion for painting was the main focus. Therefore he enrolled at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in New York after his high school graduation to refine his acting skills. Evans made his acting debut with the role of Rick in the 1997 educational film “Biodiversity”: Wild about life! He then received his first television and a lead role in Fox’s teen comedy-drama “Opposite Sex” (2000).
Since then he has appeared in over fifty films and television series. He has also appeared in several theatre productions, music videos, video games, and web series. Of the many acting roles of Chris Evans, only a few have brought him much popularity and wealth.
Which Films Earned Him the Most Fame and Money?
Fantastic Four (2005)
Chris Evans received his first big media attention after he played the leading role as Jonny Storm aka Human Torch in Marvel’s superhero movie Fantastic Four (2005). He later resumed his role as Storm in the sequel to the movie Fantastic Four (2007): The Rise of the Silver Surfer. Both the main film and the sequel earned the actor three award nominations. The film, which was also a box office success, earned Chris a high salary.
Chris Evans landed his big breakthrough with the role of Steve Rogers (later Captain America) in the Marvel Comic Universe collection of superhero films, which began 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 personal life. However, Robert Downey Jr. used his excellent powers of persuasion to persuade him to come aboard 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 has received a deafening bang for his fortune from the role. Before Captain America, the star of the Fantastic Four had a net worth of $5 million. Although he reportedly earned only $300,000 on The First Avenger, his salaries in later films skyrocketed to eight figures. 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, of which he won six.
In this 2017 drama film, Chris Evans played the leading role of Frank Adler. He played beside well-known names like Octavia Spencer and Lindsay Duncan. While the film became a box office hit, Chris Evans felt once again wetter and heavier with his role in the film directed by Marc Webb.
Knives Out (2019)
Rian Johnson’s mystery film Knives Out is another big-screen project in which Chris Evans was one of the main actors. Chris played the lead role of Hugh Ransom Drysdale in this highly profitable 2019 film, Knives Out brought in a whopping $287.4 million, which certainly affected the salaries of the stars, including Chris. Since Evans shared the screen with movie icons such as Daniel Craig, Lee Curtis, and Michael Shannon, the company also gained more fans, especially those not into Marvel comics.
With all these and other films listed above, Chris Evans was able to accumulate a substantial net worth of $70 million.
Surprising Facts About Chris Evans’ Bodybuilding
Discussions about Chris Evans’ work on his body began to take shape after Captain America’s release: The First Avengers. Given the scrawny body that Chris’s initial figure of Steve Rogers discovered at the beginning of the film, many began to wonder how he eventually came to have the brawny body of Captain America.
The truth is that some special effects were used to reach the very skinny Rogers because Chris was not so small in real life at that time. But that doesn’t mean that he didn’t work on himself to fit into the later superhero figure of Captain America. While a secret magic serum was used in the film to reach the bodybuild, Evans followed some strict real-life routines to reach him in real life. He had to gain over 20 pounds to achieve that look, and that was a lot of hard work!
The actor told USA Weekend that the secret to his transformation was to train for two hours a day (sometimes twice a day) with a trainer and to eat a high protein diet even when he wasn’t hungry. He described it as a “grueling process”. But the results are worth the effort … it’s a “no pain, no gain” story. Yes, he has some pretty good genes, but his genes can’t take all the credit for that, he bent down and did intensive bodybuilding that involved a lot of body weights such as squats, deadlifts, shoulder and incline bench presses in addition to free weight exercises such as weighted dips and push-ups that were done every day of the week for months.
He also underwent strenuous gymnastic training and a series of plyometric exercises. A look at Chris Evans’ overall physique shows that he is currently about one centimeter shorter than 1.82 meters and has a muscular and athletic body weighing about 88 kilograms. As for his body measurements, they measure 47-17-32 inches for chest, biceps, and waist.
A Look at Chris Evans Relationship Timeline
Chris Evans is one of those men who believe that they should have fun when it comes to romance. Since he came into the spotlight in the early 2000s, Evans has been romantically involved with more than ten female celebrities. However, in the following, we will take a look at his most published love affairs.
The current wife of Justin Timberlake (born 2012), Jessica Biel, was with Chris Evans between 2001 and 2006. Their open love affair continued while the duo starred in films like Cellular (2004) and London (2005). Not long after that their paths parted. While their relationship lasted, Chris and Jessica often talked about marriage and children, but unfortunately, they never lived their dreams.
Chris and Minka had an occasional relationship that lasted for seven years. The Avengers star first had a relationship with the Friday Nights Lights star in 2007. The couple separated a few years later, only to reunite in 2012 and separate again in 2013. However, the lovebirds were still sighted together in 2014 and 2015.
Chris Evans’ relationship with Jenny Slate is still one of his most media-effective affairs. The duo met during the shooting of Gifted (2016) and stayed together until March 2018. Although it ended with love and romance, Chris and Jenny remain very good friends. Both have always said the nicest things about each other in interviews, so fans sincerely wish they would give it a second chance.
However, this is far from being possible as Jenny Slate is already engaged to the popular art curator Ben Shattuck. Evans on his part seems to be single at the moment, as he hasn’t come out with another lover yet. In a recent interview, he also revealed that he is not yet ready for another relationship.