When the news broke in mid-2016 that Jenny Slate and Chris Evans were dating, many were surprised at the coupling. He, Captain America, was Hollywood’s boy next door, at the highest echelon of A-list, previously dating Jessica Biel and Minka Kelly. She was a lesser-known actress with a not-so-vanilla comedy club background, known for being brash and unapologetic both on and off the screen.
The pair, who co-star in upcoming film Gifted, announced their split last month, and their unlikely coupling is something Slate has reflected on with stunning, refreshing honesty in an interview with Vulture.
“Chris is a very, very famous person,” she tells the magazine. “For him to go to a restaurant is totally different than for me to go. 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,” she adds, referring to her frequent gigs voicing cartoon characters in children’s films like Zootopia and The Secret Life Of Pets.
“To be quite honest, I didn’t think I was his type,” she admitted of when their friendship first showed signs of being something more. “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 also admitted to struggling to date someone held up as a sex symbol, saying it was “confusing to go out with one of the most objectified people in the entire world.” She recalled how women would approach her in public and say “‘Oh my God, is that Chris Evans? He’s so hot!’ You’re like, ‘How dare you? That’s my boyfriend. But yes, he’s so hot.’ ”
When many high-profile couples split they will insist they remain best friends and speak every day, but Jenny was again refreshingly honest on this front.
“We’re not on bad terms, but we haven’t really seen each other, spoken a lot,” she said. “I think it’s probably best. I’d love to be his friend one day, but we threw down pretty hard. No regrets, though. Ever.”
“We threw down pretty hard” surely has to be one of the best ways a relationship has ever been described.