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Chris Evans
On Gay Marriage:
'In 10 Years We'll Be Ashamed
That This Was An Issue'

Posted: 04/21/2012 11:15 am





Actor Chris Evans is currently in the middle of a publicity blitz for the film "The Avengers," in which he reprises his role as Captain America.

Among his many promotional interviews, Evans recently chatted with Playboy  about everything from losing his virginity to his dental hygiene.

The actor, whose brother, Scott Evans, is gay and who Chris accidentally outed in an interview with The Advocate,  also sounded off on his support of marriage equality and his disappointment that gay men and women are still unable marry in most states.

When asked about his feelings on marriage equality Evans stated:


"Are you kidding me? It's insane that civil rights are being denied people in this day and age. It's embarrassing, and it's heartbreaking. It goes without saying that I'm completely in support of gay marriage. In 10 years we'll be ashamed that this was an issue."


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If I were still a young sprout I would so want to have Chris Evans's baby. ...

One more reason to love him (in addition to those fabulous pecs). ...
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[Very long excerpt from the We Love Soaps  intervew]


We Love Soaps: I am sitting here today with Scott Evans who plays Oliver Fish on ABCís ONE LIFE TO LIVE.  We are looking at the picture of the ďSuds StudĒ on the cover of Instinct  Magazine.  Scott, when you see this picture, whatís the first thing that comes to mind?

Scott Evans: Iím happy with it, Iím happy with how it turned out.  All of my friends who see this say, ďYou look so serious, you are so brooding.Ē  Itís very fun. Itís not me, obviously.  Thereís a picture inside where Iím making a goofy face. Thatís more my style. 


(....)


We Love Soaps: This was the around the same time that your brother [Chris Evans] started giving some interviews in the press, and mentioned that you are gay.

Scott Evans: Yes he outed me, well outed me publicly.  I outed me when I was nineteen.  He outed me publicly. 

We Love Soaps: So in your personal life, your family, your friends, everyone knew.

Scott Evans: There was no shock.  I didnít get any phone calls like, ďYouíre kidding.Ē  They knew.

We Love Soaps: What was it like for you to learn that your brother had put your personal life out there like that?

Scott Evans: It was in The Advocate  where he said it and told my story.  When that article came out, he took a lot of flack from a lot of his friends who said, ďI canít believe you did that.Ē Immediately I got a phone call from him.  He left me this message freaking out, ďAre you okay with this?  I didnít mean to this, I didnít mean to hurt you.Ē I was like, ďDude, I donít care. Itís as if you said Scott Evans has blonde hair and blue eyes.Ē  Itís who I am, I donít really care.  He was relieved to hear that, but he still comes up and says, ďDude, Iím sorry about that.Ē  Iím like, ďI donít care.Ē  Iím glad that heís comfortable enough to talk about it and heís not ashamed.

We Love Soaps: Itís such a refreshing and unusual stance in the acting profession to be so open.

Scott Evans: I think Iím lucky to feel that way.  I think there are a lot of people who got famous and had success at an early age before they were able to deal with their sexuality and so now they feel to have to hide it in this industry.  It is tough.  Itís a hard business to be in with that.  For some reason, which is beyond me in 2009, itís still not universally accepted.  I think itís tough, and I think Iím lucky that I was able to be out before it started.  Yes, I have bridges to cross and things to deal with being an out actor.  But itís fun so far. 

We Love Soaps: Do you think your being publicly out lead to an increase in time for Oliver Fish?

Scott Evans: I donít know.  I have no idea.  My character was not always gay.  I was with Stacy and Layla and all that stuff.  Then they made the story around this person struggling with it, which I really enjoyed playing.  There are so many people like that, and it was not my experience in real life.  It was nice to be able to play that.  They knew I was gay, so I donít know if they used that.  It happened, and Iím so thrilled with my story. 

We Love Soaps: A lot of the summer Oliver struggled who he is and how he presents to others.  Did you get a lot of fan reaction from people that had the same struggles?

Scott Evans: Absolutely.  And I still do.  Itís my favorite thing ever.  Iíve been getting letters, most recently from an inmate.  He was talking about how he was struggling with it before he was incarcerated.  But people have been writing letters saying that watching the story has been helping them and giving them the courage to come out to their families.  I never expected that.  I never thought this would reach so many people in such different ways.  Itís been really really awesome getting those letters.  I read them all.

We Love Soaps: Some would go so far as to call you a role model.  Do you see yourself that way?

Scott Evans: I donít know.  I donít think I was ever a great role model for my little sister.  Iíll be a role model, or a gay icon, or whatever. 

We Love Soaps: Youíre on the cover of Instinct  Magazine, and you are very public in a field where most people are afraid to be out.  What does the term ďrole modelĒ mean to you?

Scott Evans: It means I have to use big words in interviews. [Laughs] I donít know! Itís great, I was just able to do help out with some fundraising for Cyndi Lauperís True Colors Foundation, Iíve been doing stuff with GLAAD, and the auction with OUT Magazine.  Itís nice to be involved, especially with whatís happening with gay marriage, especially in places like New York and California. People in entertainment are very important in getting the word out because they have that public image and can reach more people.  So when youíre vocal about issues that are important, I think that is what important.  Especially in 2009 with how little progress we have made with civil rights in the GLBT community.




[From Part 2]

http://www.welovesoaps.net/2009/12/scott-evansl-we-love-soaps-interview.html







We Love Soaps: You said you are from a family that is very respectful and accepting [of your being gay].  Your mother was actually on a few episodes of ONE LIFE TO LIVE.

Scott Evans: Barbara Fish!

We Love Soaps: What what was that like to have your mother on the show?

Scott Evans: When Frank Valentini [OLTLís Executive Producer] first posed the question to me about her playing my mother, I thought, ďAm I being Punkíd? What is this?Ē  Then I called her and she was like, ďOh yeah, totally.Ē  Then when I told her it was for real, she said, ďWait, Iím going to be on TV? Okay, Iím not going to eat.Ē  [Laughs] Thatís our reaction in my family.  But it was great.  She came to New York, she did four episodes, and we were up the night before running lines.  She was totally cute.  She got her costume and said, ďOh my Lord, Iím wearing a sweater set.Ē  That is not her.  It was very exciting for her.  Then we were doing these scenes, these coming out scenes, where she had to not accept it.  Everytime they yelled cut she was like, ďAre you okay, are you okay? Iím sorry, I donít mean this.Ē  But it was fantastic.  I loved getting up to get to work with a family member in a medium that sheís not even involved in.  Sheís involved in acting in the theater, but she all of a sudden was on TV with me and it was great.

We Love Soaps: That scene in the gay wedding episode where Fish stands up and comes out was pivotal.  How did you prepare for that?

Scott Evans: It was fairly easy because what they wrote for dialogue was spectacular.  I mean, we canít swear on television, which is probably what I would have done in a real life situation.  But they wrote me such great dialogue that I thought, ďI canít wait. These are things Iíve always wanted to say to people like this!Ē  I was there when the Hetrick-Martin Institute opened at Astor Place.  I saw the protesters when I walked by.  I was like [groans], it boggles my mind.  So being able to do this, with so many people on set that day, it felt great.  There was nobody there who really hates gays or doesnít want gay marriage.  So every time theyíd say ďcutĒ people kept saying, ďThis is so great, I love this.Ē Iím like, ďI didnít write it.Ē

We Love Soaps: But you certainly did say the lines, and you channeled the energy of someone who is torn with himself, and resolves that by being vocal.

Scott Evans: On top of that it was my characterís first time publicly announcing, ďIím gayĒ on national television, I had to remember that.  But on the inside, as Scott Evans, I was thinking, ďIím gonna stick it to these protesters.Ē  Playing both of those worked out. 

We Love Soaps: Are there pressures that you face now that you were not facing a year ago at this time?

Scott Evans: Nothing much has changed.  Except for the fact that now people think itís important to have me at events.  Before I went and I was a spectator.  Now I go and I get to talk, I get to say things.  People want to hear my opinion.

We Love Soaps: Whatís that like?

Scott Evans: Itís silly.  Because itís not just me who feels this way.  Everybody feels this way.  Itís because Iím in an industry or a medium where people want to hear what I have to say...okay, Iíll talk.  But we all feel this way.  Iím just a voice for a large community. 

We Love Soaps: Are there any drawbacks to being as out there publicly as you are now?

Scott Evans: I just read an interview with Rupert Everett.  He was saying he would not recommend to any young actor to come out in this industry, which is such a bummer that he says that.  Itís probably true, and if Iím pigeonholed as  a gay character the rest of my life, okay.  I donít mind. I think acting is acting.  How you do a role should have nothing to do with your sexual practice as a basis.  More and more there are gay roles on everything.  I have no problem playing gay, or playing straight, and nobody else should either.  But they do!

We Love Soaps: Again, I think thatís such a refreshing stance.  ďRole modelĒ may not be the right term, but you are someone who hopefully inspires others to follow in the path you are trail blazing. 

Scott Evans: I hope so.  Especially now I think itís really important that people come out.  Everyone thinks the LGBT community is such a small little bit of the world, and itís not.  There are so many people that are so afraid to come out.  Even lately, I canít believe the stories I hear about that teen [Jorge Steven Lopez Mercado, murdered] in Puerto Rico or the older man in Brooklyn.  I donít know, it makes me sick.




[From Part 3]

http://www.welovesoaps.net/2009/12/scott-evans-wls-interview-part-three.html


(....)


We Love Soaps: When he was depressed earlier this year, your character got drunk and was pretty irresponsible [having unprotected sex] with Stacy.  I think it was an important point that gays and lesbians are often likely to use alcohol to treat depression and put themselves at risk.

Scott Evans: Exactly.

We Love Soaps: Focusing on Stacy, Oliver is about to have a little Oliver out there soon.  Can you give us any scoop about whatís going to happen with that?

Scott Evans: I donít know actually.  I just met the baby the other day.  Sheís adorable.  And by ďsheĒ I mean thereís about twelve of them.  Theyíre fantastic.  It hasnít come out who the father is, or who is going to be taking care of the baby, and I think what people will find out is that itís a struggle.  And itís going to be a struggle.  I donít want to give too much away. 

We Love Soaps: One of the things I admire about ONE LIFE TO LIVE, especially compared to the other daytime shows, is how diverse it is.  As far as sexual orientation, as far as race and ethnicity, even class.  Is it meaningful for you to be on a show that shows so many different people? 

Scott Evans: I love it.  I didnít really know much about the soap world and about shows.  Since Iíve become part of it Iíve learned a lot more about other shows.  Itís sad, since Iíve become a part of it Iíve watched GUIDING LIGHT get canceled, now AS THE WORLD TURNS. Itís a bummer because it is such a different medium.  If it gets lost, itís going to be sad.  But being part of a show like ONE LIFE TO LIVE is great.  I donít know much about the other shows, but I know people from other shows and Iíve watched scenes from other shows.  From what I hear and what I read about our show is that it is diverse.  Itís very forward thinking.  We had our Christmas lunch the other day, and itís just such a family there.  Iím sure itís the same on any show.  Iím pretty biased, but our family is the best. 


We Love Soaps: Our viewers are going to throw stones at me if I donít ask you the question:

Scott Evans: Oh God.

We Love Soaps: Anyone special in your life?

Scott Evans: Yes. My family. 

We Love Soaps: What would you like to see happen to Oliver Fish in the future?

Scott Evans: I hope him and Kyle do figure it out and have a relationship.  I really want something to happen with the baby. I hope he doesnít go the rest of his life not knowing [heís the father]. 

We Love Soaps: If you could go back to the end of 2008 and give yourself one piece of advice, what would that be?

Scott Evans: Donít listen to what other people say.  I found myself this summer reading the boards a lot and reading what people had to say a lot.  It got to me.  I finally got to a place where could say, ďYou know what? There are going to people who love you, there are going to be people who hate you. Deal with it.Ē

We Love Soaps: Do you find yourself focusing more on the people who are negative?

Scott Evans: No. The thing is, especially with the story Iím a part of, the negativity isnít like, ďI canít believe she married him, I hate her.Ē  Itís more like, ďHow dare they show two men kissing on TV?Ē But for every person who says something bad, we have one hundred who come back and say [positive things].  I read the boards and see people write, ďIím a straight woman and Iím a mother. I love it, itís a real relationship.  I love it, and itís nice to see people not cheating on each other and not killing each other and having affairs.Ē  People can look at it like itís gay or straight or whatever.  At the end of the day itís human emotion. 

We Love Soaps: I sure with there was ďKishĒ when I was growing up. 

Scott Evans: I canít even think if there was anything we even had like that.

We Love Soaps: Any advice you would want to give to a young person reading this who is struggling with their own sexuality or questioning truths in their lives?

Scott Evans: I would say, ďDonít be afraid,Ē but my situation growing up was very different.  I have read these letters where people tell me their situation and it makes me sick to my stomach.  It makes my heart hurt for some of these kids out there.  So Iíd say, ďBe strong.Ē 

We Love Soaps: I want to thank you for this interview and for the wonderful work you are doing out there.  I think you are a great role model for young people, and people like myself.  Youíre living your life without that fear.  No matter what negative stuff you get out there I hope you hold that as well.  Youíre doing important work.

Scott Evans: Thanks. Letís hope it continues.



"Tu doives entendre je t'aime."
(and you know who I am...)


Cowboy Curtis (Laurence Fishburne)
and Pee-wee in the 1990 episode
"Camping Out"

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http://www.towleroad.com/2009/11/scott-evans-and-brett-claywell-one-life-to-live-romance-heats-up.html

Scott Evans and Brett Claywell:
One Life to Live  Romance Heats Up

11/11/2009



[youtube=425,350]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dc6dRQm8444&feature[/youtube]
Uploaded by smuchshypush on Nov 10, 2009



Things have been heating up lately between Fish (Scott Evans) and Kyle (Brett Claywell) on One Life to Live.



Let's hope it gets steamier.






"Tu doives entendre je t'aime."
(and you know who I am...)


Cowboy Curtis (Laurence Fishburne)
and Pee-wee in the 1990 episode
"Camping Out"

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If I were still a young sprout I would so want to have Chris Evans's baby. ...

One more reason to love him (in addition to those fabulous pecs). ...



Ha! Well, apparently in 2009/2010, Scott  Evans's character, Oliver Fish, had a baby in One Live to Live --does that count??

 ::) ::) :laugh: :laugh:

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Cowboy Curtis (Laurence Fishburne)
and Pee-wee in the 1990 episode
"Camping Out"

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Ha! Well, apparently in 2009/2010, Scott  Evans's character, Oliver Fish, had a baby in One Live to Live --does that count??

 ::) ::) :laugh: :laugh:

God's truth, I know next to nothing about soap operas, so when I read the first post this morning I had no idea Chris Evans had a brother who is a soap opera star/stud. I thought the brother referenced in that article was just a "private citizen," so to speak.  :-\

Can I just be the filling in an Evans Brothers sandwich?   ;)  ;D
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If I were still a young sprout I would so want to have Chris Evans's baby. ...

One more reason to love him (in addition to those fabulous pecs). ...




I always have to add this old immortal (Immortals ?) post from a year (a year ??!!) ago:







Quote

Let's take a cue from Immortals  co-star Stephen Dorff: "It all felt like they were giving some of these actors fake breast implants. It was a lot of 'tit acting.'"

:laugh:




Kellan Lutz, 26, as seen in "Immortals"



Chris Evans, 30, as seen in the upcoming flick "Captain America."
::) ::)



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We will be seeing Chris again very shortly in The Avengers.  :D

We probably won't see his pecs, except in his Capt. America costume.  :-\
"It is required of every man that the spirit within him should walk abroad among his fellow-men, and travel far and wide."--Charles Dickens.