Chris Evans has taken to the Internet to share stories of his anxiety and how it led to fears about taking on the role as Steve Rogers in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The Avengers: Infinity War actor also confessed that he wanted to turn down playing the character in The Avengers and Captain America franchises because of the 10-movie commitment and the fact it would have placed him in an even more public spotlight once Marvel Studios’ vision came into fruition.
After first turning down the role, he revealed in a Twitter video that he went to therapy because of anxiety, only to eventually realize, “Maybe the thing you’re most scared of is exactly the thing you should do.” He stated that it was a “bumpy acclimation” when he first started shooting as Cap, with roles in past comic book movies such as the Fantastic Four films, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World and The Losers among those weighing on his mind.
Evans, however, remained thankful he made the right decision to take on the Captain America role, which has led to him engaging in several acts of charity, visiting sick children in hospitals and also, tackling issues such as bullying and discrimination, especially politically, online.
When asked what advice he’d give his younger self, he replied, “It might seem oversimplified, but it’s profound, I’d say, ‘Shhhh.’ It’s been a big thing for me, ‘Shhhh.’ It’s so funny how noisy my brain is. Everyone’s brain is noisy, it makes thoughts. The problem is, in most of our lives, the root of suffering is following that brain noise and listening to that brain noise and actually identifying with it as if it’s who you are. That’s just the noise your brain makes, and more often than not, it probably doesn’t have much to say. (Saying ‘Shhhh,’) it’s gonna help you.”
For anyone struggling w anxiety. Here’s some advice I got a long time ago. https://t.co/w57xle7qDU
— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) January 13, 2018
Evans will next be seen in Avengers: Infinity War in theaters on May 28. Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, the film also stars Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Mark Ruffalo as the Hulk, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Anthony Mackie as the Falcon, Paul Rudd as Ant-Man, Elizabeth Olsen as Scarlet Witch, Tom Holland as Spider-Man, Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange, Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther, Chris Pratt as Star Lord, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Dave Bautista as Drax, Bradley Cooper as Rocket, Vin Diesel as Groot, Tom Hiddleston as Loki, and Josh Brolin as Thanos.