Chris Evans Opens Up About Wanting to Get Married and Start a Family

People’s 2022 “Sexiest Man Alive” shares his hopes for his future relationship.

Chris Evans at Netflix’s The Gray Man premiere

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From his role as Captain America in the Avengers movies to his award-winning performance in Knives Out, Chris Evans has had a great deal of career success in the past few years. Now, the actor is at a place in his life where he’s ready to settle down and focus on his personal life. On November 8, 2022, Evans, who was named People’s 2022 “Sexiest Man Alive,” tells the publication that although he’s “very content” with his life right now, he’s looking forward to a future that includes marriage and children. “That’s absolutely something I want—wife, kids, building a family,” he says. 

Evans explains that he wants to invest in meaningful relationships to feel fulfilled. “When you read about most of the best artists, whether it's actors, painters, writers, most of them [admit] it wasn't the work they made [that they are most proud of], it was about the relationships, the families they created, the love they found, the love they shared,” he shares. “So, it's also something through my long 41 years that also rings true. Those things are the most important. I love the idea of tradition and ceremony. I had a lot of that in my life, so the idea of creating that, I can't think of anything better." 

There’s a lot of speculation over who The Gray Man star is dating at the moment, but Evans explains that he’s a better romantic partner now than when he was younger. After dating actresses, including Jenny Slate, Minka Kelly, and Jessica Biel, Evans credits getting older, wiser, and more experienced as the source of his improvement, plus his personal development journey. “You spend a lot of time learning what's been helpful and what hasn't been," he explains. "We all have patterns, hang-ups or baggage that repeat and echo, so I've really been able to kind of identify where I need improvement and what works.”

Another quality that makes him a better partner? Being able to apologize and understand another person’s point of view. “I also really see the value and strength behind saying, 'I'm sorry,’” he adds. “If you're able, in those vulnerable moments, to stay calm and listen and say you're sorry even if you don't think you've done anything wrong because it's not from your perspective, it's from the other person’s, I think that opens up a door in a very healthy way."

For Evans, vulnerability and humility are the two biggest characteristics he values in a significant other, according to People. "I find a certain level of humility sexy, but that doesn't necessarily mean physically at all,” he points out. “I just think it's very wise to recognize that you might not know [everything]. It's wise to recognize you could be wrong. It's wise and mature to be able to say 'I'm sorry I made a mistake,' to be vulnerable and not always be looking for the argument or take things to an argumentative place. That takes a lot of maturity and I find that very sexy."

The Lightyear actor also reveals that he’s a hopeless romantic. “I think declarations of love are great," he says. "I love love. I'm a bit of a sap like that. I like being sentimental. I cry pretty easily—at a good song, nice sunset. Yeah, my emotions are bubbling." As for becoming a father in the future, Evans is ready to embrace it, even the challenging questions his kids might raise. “I was a high-strung kid and emotional, so I'm anticipating those questions to be loaded with a lot of anxiety,” he admits. “And I think not only can you give a good answer to the specific question [as a parent] but the tools to navigate tough questions like that." 

For now, Evans is excited to prioritize a work-life balance and spend more time at home with his family in Boston. “When it comes to seeking out the people I play, it’s more of an issue where the movie shoots,” he notes. “I’m too old to be living out of a suitcase for six months, and I’ve settled into a nicer phase where I’m just being at home.”

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