Possibly one of the hottest panels of NYCC 2023 was the Chris Evans Spotlight panel NYCC 2023 on the NYCC Empire Stage with Popverse’s Veronica Valencia talking about his life and his career, which of course includes Dodger!
Spotlight Panel Interview Chris Evans NYCC 2023
The Spotlight Panel Interview Chris Evans NYCC 2023 was one of the most well-attended panels at this year’s NYCC (Saturday, October 14 at 12:30 PM ET Empire Stage of New York Comic Con 2023). And rightfully so. America’s Ass was in full adorable form for his interview, walking into “Welcome to the Jungle,” talking about marriage, his favorite season, Dodger, dogs, and what he wants to do next.
Chris Evans first updated us on his last couple of years and shared his favorite season.
Chris Evans: Last year was busy. It was just job jobs. Three films in a row, and it was just a little exhausting. This year has been a little less work. A little more personal stuff. I got married. And it was yeah, it was really, really great. We kind of had two ceremonies. We had one on the East Coast. We did one in Portugal. My wife’s Portuguese. Yeah, go to Portugal. But they were just wonderful and beautiful, and it’s a lot planning a wedding. It’s a lot for those of you who are married, you know, it takes a lot out of you, but now that we’re through that we’ve just kind of been enjoying life gearing up for autumn my favorite season and it’s yeah, it’s like the best time of year right now. So it’s just been now we’re just relaxing and enjoying life and reflecting.
What are some of your favorite fall activities?
Chris Evans: I mean everything! Apple picking and carving pumpkins and I mean raking leaves, I’ll rake leaves and have a good time because it’s the smell, isn’t it? Those dead leaves smell so good. And it’s the smells that kind of signal what’s coming. It’s not just autumn, it’s that, you know those dead leaves mean that Halloween is coming. That means Thanksgiving is coming, and that means that Christmas is coming. It’s just kind of the trifecta of my favorite holidays and my favorite time of year so it’s everything.
When it comes to acting, you have spoken about how you would play a type in your early days…
Chris Evans: …assholes.
Now with more experience in different roles and genres under your belt when presented with future opportunities. Are there any qualities or energies you look for when choosing projects?
Chris Evans: I think now it’s more about, I mean, the role is obviously incredibly important, but certainly now it’s very much about where, when, and who, you know if it fits. Depends on the location. There are certain times a year I just don’t want to miss, that just means too much to me. You only get so many autumns. You only get so many Christmases, and so you just want to be around for those things.
And who you know the experience of of working isn’t just about the role. You know, the experience is about who are you collaborating with, and if you have a chance to collaborate with friends and people that you know are lovely then then you jump at those chances.
Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas, the wonderful times of year. Do you have a favorite or one you really enjoy?
Chris Evans: That’s tough. That’s tough is it Halloween? It might be. I mean, it might be Halloween. It might be. I tell you what, it’s between Halloween and Christmas. It’s a neck-and-neck race. I love Thanksgiving, but I think Halloween and Christmas are duking it out. But when I grew up, Christmas was a lot more. We had snow, and for some reason, I don’t know what’s happening, everything shifting, and now you’re lucky if you get snow in December, which is such a shame because that was always such a nice part of Christmas actually having just you know, a foot of snow outside. So if it’s a snowy Christmas, that’s tough to beat.
You’ve been an actor in a lot of movies, but you have also stepped into the roles of a producer and a director on some projects. Are those roles something you’d be interested in exploring more of?
Chris Evans: Yeah, absolutely. I did direct a film about, God, 10 years ago now and it was really demanding, it takes so much of you. The months of prep, a month post. It really needs to be a script that you know, it’s the first thing you wake up and think about. It’s the last thing you think about before you go to bed. My experience directing was just…script that was kind of like a little broken bird. I was like, “No, I can fix it.” You know, and you just try and drag this thing across the finish line, but it really needs to be something that you need to make, not just something you’re interested or curious or kind of want to try and give a shot at you.
It has to be something that is a deep, deep passion. I’ve been looking, I’ve been looking. Unfortunately, I’m not much of a writer. I wish I were. So that means I’m at the mercy of finding something, and unfortunately those great scripts aren’t just lying around. So I’m always on the hunt to find something because I really did love the experience.
But you understand what type of passion you need to have to go into that experience.
Chris Evans on Dodger
Chris Evans: Man, I’m such a dog dad. I miss it when I’m away from him for a day. I miss him terribly. Sometimes I look at him and I get like written off. You’re so sweet. And he just doesn’t know it. You know? He has no idea. He’s just existing and God he’s the best.
He’s such a flirt. He just wants to talk to everybody. See everybody. He assumes everyone wants to talk to him. He’d be a little unruly here. I think he’d be too excited.
Well, Dodger’s becoming a star. Recently you’ve partnered with Jinks to create a box of premium dog products and an effort to bring more affordable and healthy food to pet owner owners. Can you speak more about the collaboration?
Chris Evans: Well, you’re always looking for those types of collaboration endorsements products you believe in that you can partner with, and my business manager brought this one to me and it was obviously a great company do all the research and they’re doing something good in that in that space. But then I brought it home and gave it to Dodger, and I’m not joking. I’m not just saying this. He went nuts for it. He absolutely loves it. And I was like, Well, this is just a bit of a no-brainer and I get to hang out with dogs so why not?
It’s the food. And the treats. Specifically, the food is great. He loves the food but those treats. Oh, my God, he understood the sound of the bag within 24 hours. It’s unbelievable. It’s an incredible power and now because I mean sometimes if things are happening, you can always get him to come back. You shake that bag once; it’s like a magnet and he’s right there next to you.
And you know you just mentioned playing with dogs who doesn’t love to play with dogs and part of that collaboration. You went to a shelter and met with animals you know, bringing them treats and also getting some cuddle time with the pups. Would you like to do more with shelters?
Chris Evans: Yeah, that was one of the you know, when you do these types of deals, there are some things you have to do, you know, contractually, posts and things like that, that you’re happy to do but, but they’re also like listen, if you have any ideas if there’s anything you want to do suggest it.
Chris Evans on older shelter dog love
Chris Evans: I was lucky enough to do one of those BuzzFeed puppy interviews a couple of years ago. Greatest interview of my life, no disrespect to this interview. But I’m sorry you cannot compete with the puppies are very special and essential. But it was amazing and at that interview, I had seen a bunch of those and I had asked BuzzFeed I was like, “Is it okay if we also bring in some older dogs?” Just because I just feel like sometimes older dogs and shelters get overlooked and there’s nothing more heartbreaking just some old guy.
But when you see an older dog in a shelter, and you’re like, man, what’s what’s your story, Powell? I’m like my heartbreaks for it. And so doing that BuzzFeed interview was so nice. And I said to Jinx, “What if we go to a shelter? What if we actually, I mean Dodger’s a shelter dog.”
I think prior to Dodger, I don’t know if I always realized how special shelter dogs are, you know, and specifically dogs again, no disrespect to puppies. We all love puppies, but older dogs that have had, you know, sometimes challenging experiences that the gratitude that they will just shower on you and it’s just it’s such a it’s a beautiful thing.
So I said to Jinx, “Why don’t we go to a shelter and specifically talk to some older dogs.” We also talked to some puppies, but it was just great. It was so nice to be able to. They were like, “Sure whatever you want to do,” and they just you know gave us the green light.
So me and my buddy Mark, who’s my producing partner for a lot of things. Me, him, and a camera, went to this shelter and just hung out with dogs for the day. And I was like, “Well this is just the best possible job, I don’t know if I can beat this.”
So yeah, we’re hoping to do a lot more stuff like that in the future thank you yeah,
Chris Evans on his dog East
Chris Evans: I had a great dog— East, I don’t know if anyone knows East, my dog before Dodger. And man it’s so sad talking about your previous dogs, isn’t it? When I first moved to LA in ’99 or something like that, the first thing I did was get a dog. And he was he was an American Bulldog. And he had a good run. He made it to 11, which is impressive. But he was he was the opposite of Dodger.
He was a sweet dog, but he probably could have had his own apartment, he probably could have lived by, and I mean like you came home and it was like, “Ah, all right, I don’t want to bug you, man. I’m not gonna bug you.” I mean, he was very cool, very chill, but I really always wanted a dog to just tackle me a little bit and that’s why it’s such a blessing that Dodger…Dodger’s going to be 9 this year and everyone who meets him is like really, I mean, he is a puppy. He is a brand new soul. He has not aged today in his body or mind.
He was a rescue. They aged him at about 1, and I hope every day that it was even less but I mean, he was he was kind of big so I don’t know. I mean, he’s like I said he hasn’t lost a step. I think he’s got another 9, you know?
If Dodger had a voice, what would it be?
Chris Evans: I feel that if he could speak, and I can’t believe he hasn’t sometimes he’s looking at me I’m like, “Say it.” You just want just be like, “What’s up? Like, you hear me. Talk. You know all these words. Like, I see you react to them. Just try.”
I think he sounds like Marty McFly. Like I think if he spoke, I think it’s like a young Michael J. Fox. That’s the voice I hear in my mind.
I don’t know maybe that would ruin it. You know, it’s just so sweet. It’s just coming out of those big eyes. Just, maybe just no voice is the way to go for Dodger.
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