Actor Chris Evans (yes, Captain America himself) recently spoke about having a gay brother, his empathy with minorities, and his ongoing fight for equality. His brother, Scott, is also an actor, starring in various TV series and films, including the popular soap, One Life To Live.
Chris Evans recently told The Fix: “We’re obviously in tricky times right now, but up until this election I’ve never felt any sort of backlash or friction as a result of the stance I’ve taken in my career in support of him or any other human rights. Hopefully it stays that way going forward.”
Evans continued to explain his empathy with minorities: “Whether it’s growing up with women, whether it’s growing up with different ethnic groups — it’s important to experience anything different from what you know to encourage and cultivate compassion and understanding…I think it’s really important to put faces to the situations we’re navigating as a society.”
Part of the reason that Evans feels such a strong pull to advocate for human rights is because he grew up with a gay brother and two sisters.
He added: “So certainly growing up with women helped me, but growing up in the theatre helped me, growing up in a progressive community helped me.”