‘Captain America’: Why Chris Evans Went to Therapy When He Accepted the MCU Role

Chris Evans recently finished his near-decade-long turn as Captain America in the MCU. As fans continue to mourn over his bittersweet farewell to the franchise, the actor will head into unfamiliar territory, as he is set to take on a swearing snot in Knives Out and the iconic two-faced man in Jekyll

MCU star and Captain America actor Chris Evans
MCU star Chris Evans | Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage

While Chris Evans may have seemed calm, cool, and collected as Captain America — from the day he started in 2011’s The First Avenger — he wasn’t as comfortable accepting the role as his performance may have led you to believe.

Chris Evans is now intimately tied to the superhero and grateful for the career opportunities his time with Marvel Studios has presented; however, he did not know where the decision would lead nine years back.

MCU star Chris Evans talks accepting Captain America and starting therapy 

During a roundtable interview with We Got This Covered, Chris Evans was asked, “You had to go to therapy when you took the role (Steve Rogers), why?” Evans responded: 

I went because I was very apprehensive about taking the movie, I was nervous about the lifestyle change, about the commitment. You know, it’s six movies, that can last 10 years. I love making movies but I’m not dead set on being a gigantic movie star. I like to have the option to walk away if I want, with a six picture deal, you can’t walk away.

I also like having anonymity, I’ve managed to work and kind of stay under the radar. You know, I’m not on top of everyone’s list and I can’t make any movie I want. I can make some and I make a decent living, but I can still go to a ballgame or Disney world. Losing that and having to change my lifestyle was just terrifying.

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Chris Evans explains that he denied the role the first few times he was asked; however, the studio kept pushing (which all of us fans are extremely grateful for). Chris Evans goes on to note that after several conversations with those closest to him, he realized he needed to accept the role. He realized he was afraid for some reason he could not seem to discover; thus, he went to therapy to figure it out. He told We Got This Covered:

When I finally agreed to do it, I needed to fix my brain and find out why I was so scared so I went to therapy. It’s not like there were giant breakthroughs in the therapy either, it was just nice talking.

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Chris Evans, the man intimately tied to Captain America — no matter how many people enter the MCU after him — had some major hesitations when it came to his career-catalyzing role, which would spark his ascendence to A-list status. His story serves to remind us all that it’s normal to question major life decisions, and even more normal to seek guidance and help when you feel stuck or unsure.