Captain America’s Chris Evans Opens Up About Social Anxiety

By Andrew Simontacchi
Andrew Simontacchi
Andrew Simontacchi
May 9, 2016 Updated: May 10, 2016

Even Captain America copes with the pressures of social anxiety.

Chris Evans, 34, is among 15 million American adults who suffer from social anxiety, according to statistics from the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA).

Evans revealed that his form of anxiety tends to set in the second his feet touch the red carpet. 

“It’s a little nerve-racking,” Evans said in an interview with Rolling Stone. “You’re in the SUV with your family, your people. And then you have to pull over in some weird parking lot and do the swap. There’s security and all these people. All of a sudden you’re out of your comfort zone. It’s strange.”

He added: “It’s the little things that can tip you over.”

Scarlett Johansson, his longtime friend and ‘Avengers’ co-star, Scarlett Johansson, confirmed his fear to Rolling Stone: “It’s funny, he’s extremely easygoing, he loves to hang out, he loves to be around people—but whenever we do a premiere, or he has to be in the fray in some work-related context, he’s terrified.”

Catch the duo in a funny segment for “The Ellen Show” below:

Evans says that while engaged in his role, he can keep tabs on his thoughts, but when doing larger press events, he faces the anxiety.

After his mother confirmed to Rolling Stone that he prefers to keep his life private, Evans said: “I’ve been dreading press since January. It’s nice to talk about the work with people who are interested—but I freak out when I hear stupid questions about stupid things, and you’ve gotta act like you give a [expletive].”

Evans’s mother recalled when Chris was younger: “Sometimes I say, ‘Get out of there, honey. Get out of your head. Come out here with the rest of us. It’s really nice out here.’ But this is who he’s been since he was a little boy,” she told Rolling Stone.

This image released by Disney shows Elizabeth Olsen (L) Chris Evans and Sebastian Stan in a scene from Marvel's "Captain America: Civil War," opening in theaters nationwide on May 6, 2016. (Disney/Marvel via AP)
Elizabeth Olsen, Chris Evans, and Sebastian Stan in a scene from Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War,” which opened in theaters on May 6, 2016. (Disney/Marvel via AP)

The ADAA says 36 percent of people who face the disorder deal with it on their own for 10 or more years before speaking to someone. The association says anxiety can interfere heavily with performances, social life, and daily routines—sticking a wrench in the everyday cog of completing school, getting a job, making friends, and advancing with romance.

For those who cope with the disorder, you can visit the ADAA’s “Find Help” page for several avenues in fighting social anxiety.

Andrew Simontacchi
Andrew Simontacchi