Last year, Jenny Slate joined an exclusive list of women, including Lois Lane and Mary-Jane Watson, when she began dating Captain America, the Marvel superhero whose secret identity is actor Chris Evans. But because Slate doesn’t look like she was genetically engineered in a lab, some people were surprised by the romance, which began after they met on the set of their movie Gifted, and ended less than a year later.
Now that it’s time to promote said film, both actors will have to confront their former relationship in a way that’s excruciatingly public, from day-long press junkets, to rows of premieres followed by boozy after parties. But first up: the tell-all magazine profile courtesy of Slate, who told New York magazine’s Jada Yuan that she totally gets why some people were perplexed about her relationship with Evans. In fact, she was, too.
“To be quite honest, I didn’t think I was his type,” she said. “Eventually, when it was like, ‘Oh, you have these feelings for me?,’ I was looking around like, 'Is this a prank?’ I mean, I understand why I think I’m beautiful, but if you’ve had a certain lifestyle and I’m a very, very different type of person — I don’t want to be an experiment.”
Slate explained that Evans’ enormous fame was something she had to get used to. “For him to go to a restaurant is totally different than for me to go,” she said. “I sit in my window and I say ‘Hi’ to people on the street. I have more freedom because I’m not Captain America. I’m mostly a cartoon.”
The couple met during Slate’s chemistry read for her role in Gifted, where producers had to decide if the quirky comedian would be a suitable love interest opposite the buff and boyish Evans. As Slate tells it, they hit it off immediately. “I remember him saying to me, ‘You’re going to be one of my closest friends.’ I was just like, ‘Man, I f*cking hope this isn’t a lie, because I’m going to be devastated if this guy isn’t my friend.’”
Slate, who was going through a difficult divorce with her husband, Dean Fleischer-Camp, at the time, said she fell for Evans’ unpretentiousness. “He is a straight-up 35-year-old man who wants to play games,” she said. “That’s it. I was like, ‘I’d better not discount this, because this is purity.'”
Slate goes on to say that while the couple isn’t on bad terms since their amicable breakup, they don’t speak much anymore, which is probably for the best. “I’d love to be his friend one day, but we threw down pretty hard.”
When asked if she’s nervous for the upcoming Gifted press tour, Slate was forthcoming. “I know Chris, and he’s a very nice man,” she said. “And we’ve gone into our separate lives. But that doesn’t also mean that I’m going to sleep well the night before, you know?”