13 things you didn't know about 'Avengers' star Chris Evans

Frazer Harrison/Getty ImagesChris Evans played Captain America in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

  • Everyone knows Chris Evans played Captain America in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but there are a few other facts that fly under the radar.
  • Evans’ father is a dentist, and he had a childhood crush on Sandra Bullock.
  • He knows how to tap dance, his brother is also an actor, and his first role was in an educational movie called “Biodiversity: Wild About Life!” (1997).
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Although he is perhaps best known for his role as Marvel’s first Avenger, Captain America, Chris Evans has had a long and consistent career in Hollywood.

Here are some surprising things you probably didn’t know about Chris Evans.


His first acting gig was in 1997, and it was for an educational video called “Biodiversity: Wild About Life!”

Biodiversity: Wild About Life!16-year-old Chris Evans in ‘Biodiversity: Wild About Life!’

Aside from school plays and local theatre productions, the “Avengers” actor began his acting career when he starred in a short educational film from 1997 titled “Biodiversity: Wild About Life!”

Evans was 16 years old at the time, and he didn’t land another role until the Fox TV mini-series “Opposite Sex” in 2000.


His father is a dentist.

Getty ImagesChris Evans had braces to fix his teeth as a kid.

Evans’ pearly whites aren’t Hollywood magic, they’re the real deal thanks to his father.

“I’m a very lucky guy, my father is a dentist,” Evans told Jimmy Fallon on his show in 2011. “So I was very lucky because I looked like the village idiot growing up like my teeth were trying to escape my face.”

Evans added that, later on, he got clear braces to help correct his smile.


His younger brother, Scott Evans, is also an actor.

Evan Agostini/Invision/APChris Evans (left) with his brother Scott (right) and sister Carly (centre) the 2016 Vanity Fair Oscar Party.

Although relatively lesser known than his superstar brother, Scott Evans is also an actor.

According to IMDb, Scott has appeared in small roles on TV shows like Fox’s “Fringe,” NBC’s “Law and Order: Criminal Intent,” and USA’s “White Collar.”

More recently, he played Oliver on Netflix’s “Grace and Frankie” and starred in the comedy “Almost Love” (2019).


His on-set nickname was “Captain Little Arse.”

MarvelChris Evans as Captain America.

During a 2014 interview with Entertainment Tonight, Evans said his on-set Marvel nickname was “Captian Little Arse,” and it was given to him by “Falcon Big Butt” Anthony Mackie.

The pet name was meant to be a joke about his hardcore fitness routine and subsequent physique.


Evans starred in a Marilyn Manson music video.

Philip G. Atwell/Maverick RecordsChris Evans in Marilyn Manson’s 2001 music video for ‘Tainted Love.’

Alongside his “Not Another Teen Movie” (2001) costars Jaime Pressly and Eric Christian Olsen, Evans appeared in the 2001 Marilyn Manson music video for “Tainted Love.”

In the video, Manson can be seen pushing a young Evans out of his way as he enters the “not another teen party.”

Here’s a full breakdown of all the hidden cameos and gems in the video you might have missed.


Captain America wasn’t the first superhero Evans played.

20th Century FoxChris Evans in the 2005 ‘Fantastic Four’ movie playing Johnny Storm aka the Human Torch.

In fact, Captain America wasn’t even the first Marvel role for the star.

All the way back in 2005, Evans was cast in the film “Fantastic Four” as Johnny Storm, aka the Human Torch. However, this film and its sequel “Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer” (2007) did not go over well with critics or fans.


He has worked with many of his “Avengers” coworkers outside of the franchise.

Disney/MarvelCaptain America (Chris Evans) with some of the Avengers in ‘Endgame.’

Before they starred together in “Avengers,” Evans and Scarlett Johansson worked together on “The Perfect Score” (2004) and “The Nanny Diaries” (2007)

Evans and Brie Larson also worked together on “Scott Pilgrim vs. The World” (2010).

He appeared in a film called “The Losers” (2010) with Marvel stars Zoe Saldana and Idris Elba.

And in 2011, he starred alongside Anna Faris in “What’s Your Number.” At the time, Faris was married to Chris Pratt, so Pratt made a cameo in the film as “Disgusting Donald.”

He also appeared in “Snowpiercer” (2013) with Tilda Swinton, and he starred alongside Mackie in “Playing it Cool” (2014) the same year “Captain America: The Winter Soldier ” was released.


Evans was replaced by Michael B. Jordan in the remake of “Fantastic Four” (2015).

Ben Rothstein/20th Century FoxMichael B. Jordan was cast as the Human Torch in the 2015 remake of ‘Fantastic Four.’

In 2015, the series was rebooted and Michael B. Jordan was cast in Evans’ role as the Human Torch.

By this time, Evans had already moved on to Captain America, and Jordan later joined the “Black Panther” cast.


One of Evans’ hobbies is tap dancing.

Jason Merritt/Getty ImagesChris Evans with his mother, Lisa Evans.

When he’s not saving the world from certain destruction, Evans finds time to hone his tap-dancing skills.

Evans has said that he learned how to tap from his mum, and he’s talked about his love of tap dancing in numerous interviews.

He even showed off his skills on an episode of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” in 2017.


His childhood crush was Sandra Bullock.

Theo Wargo/Tim P. Whitby/Getty ImagesChris Evans said he had a crush on Sandra Bullock as a child.

In a 2016 interview with W magazine, Evans said he had a crush on Sandra Bullock as a child after watching her in “Speed” (1994).

In 2014, there were reports the two dated, but Bullock jokingly dismissed them by telling Entertainment Tonight that she and Evans already got married and divorced.


Evans wanted to be a Disney animator when he was a kid.

Amanda Edwards/WireImageChris Evans said his favourite Disney attraction is Space Mountain.

Evans became a fixture in the Disney family when he landed the role of Captain America, but the star has been a life-long fan of the company’s movies, characters, and theme parks.

During a 2016 interview with Oh My Disney, he listed off his favourite Disney snack (Mickey Ice Cream Bar), attraction (Space Mountain), and character (Mickey Mouse).

In 2019, Evans also told The Hollywood Reporter that his dream job as a kid was to become a Disney animator.


He almost turned down the role of Captain America before his mum convinced him to go for it.

Disney / MarvelChris Evans didn’t want to take the role at first.

In an interview with Esquire earlier this year, Evans’ mum Lisa Evans shared that she had to convince him to take the role of Captain America.

When he turned Marvel down at first, he said it was because he didn’t want to become “can’t-go-outside famous.”

“His biggest fear was losing his anonymity,” Lisa recalled. “He said, ‘I have a career now where I can do work I really like. I can walk my dog. Nobody bothers me. Nobody wants to talk to me. I can go wherever I want. And the idea of losing that is terrifying to me.'”

However, she eventually talked him into taking the role.

“I said to him, ‘Look, you want to do acting work for the rest of your life? If you do this part, you will have the opportunity,'” she said.


He has a matching tattoo with most of the original Avengers.

Marvel/DisneyFive out of the six original Avengers got matching tattoos.

According to Entertainment Weekly, it was Evans and Johansson’s idea for the original “Avengers” cast members to get matching tattoos to celebrate the release of “Avengers: Infinity Wars” (2019).

The tattoo was designed to pay tribute to Iron Man, Thor, Hawkeye, Captain America, Black Widow, and Hulk.

Mark Ruffalo, who played Hulk, opted out, but the rest of the cast got the tattoo and helped ink the design onto the artist who created it.

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