“We used to talk about what kinds of animals we were,” Slate recently told Vulture. “Chris said it’s like I’m a chick riding on a St. Bernard’s head. We’re an odd match.”
The actress, best known for her hilarious roles in “Parks and Recreation,” “Kroll Show” and indie film “Obvious Child,” opened up to the outlet about her romantic relationship and breakup with her superhero ex, and says that their differences are what eventually split them apart.
Chris is a very, very famous person. 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. by Jenny Slate
“Chris is a very, very famous person,” she told Vulture. “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.”
The attention was too much for Slate, who was also dealing with a divorce from Dean Fleischer-Camp, a film editor and her husband of nearly four years, while she was dating Evans.
“This is what I needed to do to feel normal,” she explained. “To be alone.”
|NEWSPIX VIA GETTY IMAGES Chris Evans (R) and actress Jenny Slate (L) arrive at Sydney Airport in Sydney, New South Wales.|
Slate explains that when she and Evans first met, there were strong friendship vibes, but that was about it. The actress would even get annoyed by Evan’s weekly game nights that he insisted the cast and crew attend.
“At first I was like, ‘What a f—– nightmare,’” the actress recalled. “Chris is a different speed than me — I think he really did just jump out of a plane for an interview. And so when he was like, ‘Game nights,’ I was like, ‘This is annoying. This guy’s like a sports guy. He’s the kid that likes P.E.’”
Evan’s joyful energy eventually won Slate over, and the two got to know one another. But when Evans, who has dated women like Jessica Biel and Minka Kelly in the past, began having romantic feelings for Slate, she admits that she thought it was “a prank.”
“To be quite honest, I didn’t think I was his type,” she told Vulture.
“I’m considered some sort of alternative option, even though I know I’m a majorly vibrant sexual being.”
She also noted, “If you are a woman who really cares about her freedom, her rights, her sense of being an individual, it is confusing to go out with one of the most objectified people in the entire world.”
And that objectification played into their relationship as well. Slate cites times when the couple would be somewhere like CVS and random women would come up to her and say things like, “‘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.’”
As for their future relationship, Slate hopes that she and Evans can find their way back to their game night beginnings.
“We’re not on bad terms, but we haven’t really seen each other, spoken a lot,” Slate 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.”
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The pair met on the set of Gifted, a movie about a working class man attempting to give his prodigy niece a normal life hitting theaters on April 7. Both stars have begun the publicity circuit for the film, with distinctly different approaches on questions about their former relationship.
Evans recently gave an interview to Esquire, where he talked about his opposition to President Trump and literally jumped out of a plane alongside the reporter. But when it came to questions about Slate, he wouldn't go into any kind of detail. “Yeah, but I'm steering clear of those questions,” he said.“You can almost feel his heart pinch,” Esquire writer Maximillian Potter added after the quote.
Slate, by contrast, has been profiled by Vulture and talked extensively about their relationship: How they met, the pressures of fame and how they "threw down pretty hard" in the breakup.
“I don’t mind talking about him at all. He’s a lovely person,” she said. “I don’t know. It feels like such a huge thing. Last year was a giant, big year for my heart. I’ve never, ever thought to keep anything private because that’s not really what I’m like, and now I’m learning those things, and they’re weird, kind of demented lessons to learn.”
At first, she thought they were too different. "At first I was like, ‘What a (expletive) nightmare,'" she explained. “Chris is a different speed than me — I think he really did just jump out of a plane for an interview. ... This guy’s like a sports guy. He’s the kid that likes P.E.'" Eventually she took a chance and their romance blossomed. But it didn't last forever. Part of the problem was the intensity of the spotlight on them.
“Chris is a very, very famous person,” she said. “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.”
Slate also noted how she and Evans got together as she was going through a divorce with editor-director Dean Fleischer-Camp, which made things difficult.
“Even though we had an amicable divorce, I think that’s still something that you need to mourn. When you get separated from somebody that you actually care about, it is the destruction of a belief system. That is really, really sad,” she said. “I just didn’t have the tools. And I didn’t think very hard about that, to be honest.”
She also added that she and Evans are not on bad terms, but they haven't seen each other very much -- something that will change as the press tour for Gifted heats up.
“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.”
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"I don't mind talking about him at all," she said in an interview with Vulture. "He's a lovely person."
She described Evans -- whom she stars with in the upcoming film "Gifted" -- in glowing terms, despite their recent split.
"Chris is truly one of the kindest people I've ever met, to the point where sometimes I would look at him and it would kind of break my heart," Slate said. "He's really vulnerable, and he's really straightforward. He's like primary colors. He has beautiful, big, strong emotions, and he's just really sure of them. It's just wonderful to be around. His heart is probably golden-colored, if you could paint it.
Slate is most famous for her roles on "Parks and Recreation" and "Kroll Show," a short stint on "Saturday Night Live," the short film "Marcel the Shell with Shoes On," her independent film "Obvious Child" and "The Lego Batman Movie." But Evans' role as Marvel's Captain America has boosted him to another plane of fame and success -- something Slate said was hard for her to deal with.
"Chris is a very, very famous person," she said. "For him to go to a restaurant is totally different than for me to go. I sit in my window and say 'Hi' to people on the street. I have more freedom because I'm not Captain America. I'm mostly a cartoon."
Slate said she became anxious about the relationship because of the scrutiny -- something Evans was used to, but she was not.
"The stress that I saw him be put under, I've never seen that before, and he handled that really gracefully," she said. "He's not stressed. I was the person who was stressed."
In the early months of her and Evans' relationship, Slate was also handling a divorce from Dean Fleischer-Camp, a film editor and her husband of nearly four years.
"Even though we had an amicable divorce, I think that's still something that you need to mourn," she said. "When you get separated from somebody that you actually care about, it is the destruction of a belief system. That is really, really sad."
Now, Slate says she is spending time with family and focusing even more on her career, and doesn't want her role as Evans' girlfriend to overshadow that.
"I don't want people to ask me more about my love life because of him than they ask me about my work," she said.
Slate has several projects in the works and said she has a little more freedom now to be picky with her roles. She'll turn down things that poke unnecessary fun at women's bodies or cast her as the stereotypical "quirky best friend." Dating will be on her radar at some point, but that's another area in which she said she's willing to hold out for what's right.
"Whoever is the next person is going to have to respect that I had a husband who I loved and this boyfriend who I loved so much, and I don't want to have to act like they weren't important," she said.
She remains friends with Fleischer-Camp, telling Vulture that "we had just grown apart, and we love each other." As for Evans, whom she is about to embark on a press tour with for "Gifted," things aren't quite as comfortable yet, but they're getting there.
"We're not on bad terms, but we haven't really seen each other, spoken a lot," Slate 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."