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Chris Evans' Parents Almost Chose a Completely Different Name for Him

Chris Evans' Parents Almost Chose a Completely Different Name for Him

Chris Evans is on the cover of Esquire magazine’s April/May 2020 issue, on newsstands April 14.

Here’s what the 38-year-old actor had to share with the mag…

On shooting Defending Jacob in the Boston suburbs, where he grew up and still has a home: “It felt like I had a regular nine-to-five job. I’d sleep in my own bed; I’d see my family on weekends. A lot of times you have a bit of a nomadic lifestyle as an actor. You live out of suitcases and in cities you’re not familiar with. Doing Jacob made me feel like I was home but still doing what I love. It was incredibly comforting.”

On the rumors he’s in negotiations to play the sadistic dentist in the remake of the musical Little Shop of Horrors and whether that reflects a childhood love of musical theater: “As a kid, theater is what’s available to you, local plays. And it’s usually going to be a musical. But musicals aren’t the thing that I fell in love with. I just liked acting. I have a soft spot for theater, because it was such a big part of my childhood, a very sweet chapter in my life. But it’s not like I’ve always said, ‘Man, I got to get back to musical theater!’ My main reason for doing it was because I liked acting so much.”

On his close relationship with his father, G. Robert Evans III, and how he was named: “I was supposed to be G. Robert Evans IV. I would’ve been Bobby, but my mother was in love with the name Chris. So my dad gave it to her…I always wondered if I would have been a good Bobby. I’m glad I’m Chris. I would’ve been honored to have had that moniker, be in that lineage. But Chris is good, too…I think my dad’s level head is the thing that makes getting up every day possible for me.”

For more from Chris Evans, visit Esquire.com.

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