Captain America “Chris Evans” Shares His Advice For Success and Acting
Chris Evans, the actor of Captain America recently appeared on Spreecast for a live Q&A with his fans and had an awesome amount of positive energy and inspirational advice to share with his followers.
We transcribed Chis Evans great answers and advice just for you.
Chris Evans Inspirational Answers To Living A Successful Life
What’s it like being part of something so big like “The Avengers”?
Intimidating, a little overwhelming but you are overwhelmed with gratitude. When you are making it, you don’t really know it’s going to be that big, even when it comes out you forget what’s really happening.
I try to think about what I would have thought when I was 18 before I started this career and I think it would be radically different, but overtime, the more movies you make you just get used to the routine of the movies coming out, you’re in the mall, you’re in the press, you’re trying to get another job and it all becomes this piece in the puzzle of work.
I think you become a little de-sensitized; you’re like “Great! That did well, Good Job!”. You are still grateful but you’re not just sitting there like “WOW!, Look at this!, Look what I was a part of”, it doesn’t always feel that way, which is a shame, because it should and I think that’s part of what I try to remind myself of, to be appreciative.
Gratitude is the key to happiness, if you have a healthy understanding of gratitude, you can’t lose. – Chris Evans
What’s your favorite part of being Captain America?
I really like playing a good super hero. Not that the other super heroes are bad, but a lot of other super heroes are tortured souls, they have demons that they’re fighting. Caps just a really good guy, apart from being a super hero and having super powers, he’s just a really good man.
Any role that you play, if you are in a head space for an extended period of time, you really have to think a certain type of way and get inside the head of a character and sometimes I play dark characters or frustrated characters and it’s negative because you are trying to tap into the parts of you that can connect to that, the parts of you from your own personal history and experience that you can identify and relate to, you have to find pieces of you that are in common.
So while playing Captain America on a daily basis, you are trying to tap into the best part of yourself, and it’s Inspiring, you want to do better, you want to do good, it’s a healthy head space to be in and I think it’s rewarding playing someone with such a good heart.
How do you stay true to your self without letting the fame get to your head?
I go home a lot, back to Boston. LA is a tricky place to be, and it’s not just fame that’s the thing. Whether you are famous or not you are in a business of rejection, competition, comparison and you live in your own head quite a bit, which is not a good place for anyone to be for an extended period of time.
When you are back at home, you remember your youth, you are surrounded by friends and family who don’t care if you are successful in this industry or not and your priorities shift and all of a sudden the things that truly matter, start to come back to life.
Do you have a quote song lyric or saying that inspires you?
I really like Eckhart Tolle, he wrote the book “The Power of Now”. I am a big fan of Buddhism, Eastern Philosophy, the notion of trying to be present in the moment, turning the third eye off and detaching from ego
Eckhart has a quote from his book called “Stillness Speaks” that just really resonated with me, enough to permanently ink my body, and it says:
“When you lose touch with your inner stillness, you lose touch with yourself, when you lose touch with yourself, you lose yourself in the world.”
And it just made so much sense to me, still does, always will. It’s something that always brings me back to being centered.
What book are you currently reading?
It’s a book called “The Honeymoon Effect”, by an author called Bruce Lipton, who wrote a book called “The Biology of Belief” and it’s a really clever book. It’s about how for the longest time scientists thought that your DNA was determined by your genetics and how this one guy is proving that your DNA can be affected by your thought, your emotions, your daily choices, how you interact with the world through your thinking and that it can actually change your chemistry.
So this guy wrote a book called “The Honeymoon Effect” and it’s about how we can sustain healthy relationships in our life. Not just with men and women but with all of our relations and all of our interactions throughout our life. I just love his writing.
Did anyone influence you to get into acting?
My older sister.
When I was younger I didn’t act in my first play until I was in 6th or 7th grade. I saw my older sister doing it and she was having a ball. We would go and see her after her plays and my parents would give her candy, and I was like “Well I want candy”. She does plays, everyone’s having a good time, she’s staying out school nights and it all sounded great. So I did a couple of plays with her at a place where she did theatre and that was it, I was hooked!
Are you still nervous when going up for auditions? If yes, how do you get over the nerves and perform the best you can?
Yes, I’m still nervous in auditions, but it’s a little bit easier now because with age you are able to recognize that “this isn’t everything”, “this isn’t the end of the world”, I think when you’re young you put so much importance on everything.
As you get older you realize that you will be fine and that this will not somehow stop you from being happy and that’s the goal in life, I think that everyone’s goal is to be happy. – Chris Evans
Top three movies you would recommend anyone watch and why?
Legends of the Fall – It’s a beautiful sweeping epic about brothers, honor, war and responsibility. It’s just a fantastic movie.
I Heart Huckabees – It’s a little bit of a confusing film but I think it’s really brilliant. It’s so intelligent and so well done. There is a documentary called “What The Bleep Do We Know”, and it’s all about your chemical make up and how you can manifest your own day, and I almost feel like “I Heart Huckabees” is the fiction version of that film.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind – I like the message, I love the film making, and the actors are phenomenal. It’s one of those movies that is constantly entertaining.