If you were to tell middle school age Chris Evans that one day he would be called PEOPLE’s Sexiest Man Alive, “It would be my pleasure!” The star tells the magazine in this week’s cover story. “That’s probably the way to the great table I haven’t been to.”
Currently, Evans, 41, is still adjusting to PEOPLE’s 2022 Sexiest Man Alive new title and has to talk about it, but he knows this news will please at least one person: “My mom will be very happy,” he says. “She’s proud of everything I do but that’s something she can really brag about.”
It’s a sunny fall day on a farm outside of Atlanta, GA as Evans sits by the fireplace on a quaint ranch. Although it It seems To fully comprehend this particular task, in a warm knit sweater and jeans, the Boston native would probably rather jump into said fireplace than talk about being sexy.
“This whole thing is hard to interview,” he says with a laugh. “It sounds like a strange form of humble bragging.”
gray man The star is also getting ready for some cute ribbing from his close friends.
“Really that would just be a bullying point,” he jokes. “It’s time to tease.”
Regardless, his mom Lisa is happy with the news. “I’m not surprised at all,” she told People. Our family will be by itself.
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He is best known for playing the altruistic and self-sacrificing superhero Captain America in the multi-billion dollar Marvel game. Avengers The franchise, and as a loyal, happy dog cap photos of Dodger, his boxer mix, on social media, Evans feels more comfortable talking about his career, which has been on fire over the past decade. This year alone, he starred in Pixar’s Light yearand Netflix’s gray man He shot three new films, including 2023 ghost For AppleTV + he also produces, and is still involved, too starting pointa civic engagement platform he launched in 2020.
Now in his forties, Evans tries to prioritize a healthy work-life balance and spend as much time as possible at home and with his family in Boston.
“When it comes to finding the people that I represent, it comes down to where the movie is shot,” he says. “I’m too old to live out of a suitcase for six months and have settled into a nicer phase where I feel happy at home.”
He also thinks a lot about his future outside of acting – which includes marriage and parenthood.
“This is something I totally want,” he says. Just don’t expect him to talk too much about it when it happens: “Some things you want are just for you, or just for my family and friends.”
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After 22 years into his career, Evans admits he’s ready to slow down a bit.
“The most enjoyable aspect of my career at the moment is feeling safe enough to keep my feet off the gas,” he says. “I feel like I have more freedom to take time away from the industry and still find projects that satisfy my creative appetite when I return.”
Given all the time he spends in and around his hometown, what do you think is the most attractive thing about Boston?
He says, “Lots of history there! I love the dialect. For me, the dialect is home.” “I love the weather. The classes, the sports teams. But the most attractive thing about Boston…maybe our universities. We have a lot of good schools. Let’s give education a plug, that’s very exciting.”
Just don’t ask him to use the word “sexy” in a sentence about himself. And while he’s not entirely comfortable with that just yet, years from now he’ll look back on the title fondly.
“It’s something I can remember getting old and flabby and saying ‘I remember then…’,” he says. “I’m lucky to be in the discussion in any capacity.”
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