Chris Evans Learned This Vital Lesson While Dating Jenny Slate and Reading ‘The Mother of All Questions’

Chris Evans — most often in the spotlight for his involvement in the latest MCU installment — is one of Hollywood’s most desirable bachelors. Though currently single, as far as the most recent reports indicate, he maintained quite the long-term, on-again/off-again, relationship with Jenny Slate.

MCU star Chris Evans and Jenny Slate
Chris Evans and Jenny Slate | Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images

Jenny Slate and Chris Evans met at the chemistry read for Gifted and, to no one’s surprise, wound up working on the film together. Chris Evans hosted a few game nights for the cast, and both he and Slate realized that they had a lot in common; however, romance remained off the table, as Slate was still married. 

Soon after Jenny Slate split from her husband in 2016, she and Chris Evans sparked up a romance. Speaking about Evans, Slate explained to Entertainment Tonight:

It’s kind of like I got my dream 7th-grade boyfriend. We didn’t know each other growing up, but we grew up about a half hour away from each other. We’ve been friends for a while.

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Chris Evans and Jenny Slate loved each other. Remaining an anomaly in society, they have managed to remain on good terms despite their relationship ending. When speaking about Slate (after one of their break-ups), Evans stated:

You know, relationships are tricky, there are lot of moving pieces. But I am endlessly grateful for having met her. She will be in my life always… We were both rooting for this. She’s an incredible human being, a very, very special person.

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The MCU star and the comedic genius may no longer be together, but Evans learned a great deal from his relationship with Slate, and he has taken one vital lesson away from his fulfilling romance. 

Chris Evans on reading ‘The Mother of All Questions, dating Jenny Slate, and the right ‘time to have a voice’ 

When discussing his life and career with The New York Times, Chris Evans explained that he found Rebecca Solnit’s book, The Mother of All Questions, “eye-opening.” Chris Evans read Solnit’s novel while he was with Slate, and took an essential lesson away from her words: no matter your intentions, it is not always your turn to speak. Chris Evans explained to the Times: 

The hardest thing to reconcile is that just because you have good intentions, doesn’t mean it’s your time to have a voice.

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While he did not specifically cite communication issues as a drawback in his relationship, he points to the need to listen more and speak less as a consequential factor in a successful relationship, as The New York Times notes. Chris Evans’ heart may have always been in the right place, but that’s not the only ingredient needed for success.

Who knows, maybe the time just wasn’t right for Evans and Slate. With such strong chemistry and a loving relationship (despite no longer being together), they may still be destined for a future romance…if you believe in that sort of thing.