PLAYBOY: The Avengers is your second turn playing Captain America. After two movies in the red, white and blue costume, is there anybody on the Avengers team you would trade fashion statements with?
EVANS: God, yeah, absolutely. Pretty much anybody, though some days Robert Downey would have to get into the Iron Man suit, and that looks pretty difficult. But outside of that, the Thor costume looks pretty comfortable. The Hulk has a great deal. Whenever he Hulks out, he just wears those little green CGI jumpsuits. It looks comfy as hell.
PLAYBOY: You turned down the role of Captain America several times. Why didn’t you want to do it?
EVANS: They wanted a six-picture deal, and the worry about a six-picture deal is that it can potentially be spread out over 10 years. So you’re making a decision for the next 10 years of your life. Films typically work one at a time. If one movie explodes and your life changes, you’re afforded the opportunity to take a break, if you need it, to get your head back on straight. The fear I had was that I was compromising this control. That’s terrifying, man.
PLAYBOY: Is it true Robert Downey Jr. took you under his wing and helped you?
EVANS: When we started filming The Avengers, Captain America had not come out yet, and my big concern with Captain America was the press. I love doing one-on-ones. This feels like a conversation. This feels normal to me. But when you get on a stage, all of a sudden you feel like, man, there are 100 people just looking at you. It’s a little bit of a strange feeling. Your heart starts pounding, and that’s scary. Downey was good at just making me feel calm, saying, “Look, you’re not alone in this,” and helping my confidence.
PLAYBOY: This is the third time you’ve worked with Scarlett Johansson. Is it possible to be around her and not lust after her the entire time?
EVANS: She is a beautiful lady. She really got blessed. I love that girl, man. She’s like my sister. I’ve known her for 10 years. She’s just one of the smartest people I know. It’s great when someone with a razor-sharp intellect wants to have fun. A lot of my buddies who like to have fun are a little lowbrow, and that’s fun. It’s enjoyable, but you can laugh at only so many farts.
PLAYBOY: Aside from a long relationship with Jessica Biel, you always seem to be single. Are you picky, or are you just enjoying yourself?
EVANS: I guess it’s a perfect combination of things. I’m incredibly picky, but that doesn’t mean I look for perfection. I like strange things. I wish you could see some of the girls I have genuinely had crushes on in my life. They’re not the girls you would assume. My friends cannot figure out the girls that, for some reason, I fall for. It’s a unique blend of traits, and on top of that, I’m really enjoying myself right now. I like being able to do what I want to do. If I want to sleep until three today, I’m gonna sleep until three. If I want to go to Vegas this weekend, guess what—I’m going to Vegas. That’s a tough thing to walk away from, and so it has to be the right person. The pickiness makes that an uphill battle.
PLAYBOY: So what kind of women do you like?
EVANS: I like girls who are self-deprecating. I like girls who make fun of themselves. If you can’t poke fun at yourself, what are you? I love making fun of myself, so I need a girl who can do that and mean it. And I like generosity. I like compassionate people. I’m not looking for some businesswoman who’s out there making millions and just here to take the world by storm. I just want someone with a good soul. That’s about it. The rest I’m really flexible on. I like a good ass, though. I will say that. It’s playboy, right? I can say that? I like a big ass.
PLAYBOY: Taking all of that into consideration, admit to at least one celebrity crush.
EVANS: I used to be in love with Sandra Bullock when I was growing up. Sandy B. was my girl. I remember seeing Speed when I was in seventh grade and just thinking, That’s her. I can’t say I know her, but from what I’ve heard, she’s fantastic.
PLAYBOY: You grew up outside Boston. Your father is a dentist. How’s your dental hygiene?
EVANS: People think, Oh, he’s making you floss and brush your teeth. No, it wasn’t like that; on the contrary, actually. I could complain freely. You could openly tell him when something hurt.
PLAYBOY: Your mother has been known to defend you on the internet when she sees you being slighted. Should Captain America have his mom fighting his battles?
EVANS: Yeah, she’s one of those moms. She gets a little up in arms. The internet is a big place where a lot of people can voice their opinions, and my mother chooses to pick fights with random people from all over the world who don’t have the nicest things to say about me.
PLAYBOY: You were involved in a local theater growing up, a program your mother still runs. Boston doesn’t sound like the friendliest place for a young boy who loves theater. How rough was it?
EVANS: I played sports as well, which helped. For the most part, when they wanted to give me a hard time, they’d come to my shows and heckle and razz. It wasn’t as bad as it could have been, I’m sure.