America's Most Wanted

By Tanya Pai | Boston Magazine |

Well, while we’re on the subject of your exes, are there any old girlfriends who dumped you who you just want to tell, “Suck it, I’m awesome”?
Uh, I think they all dumped me. I think all of my old girlfriends dumped me. I got dumped on prom! Can you believe that? I got fuckin’ dumped on prom! [Laughs.] Heartbreaking! I can’t believe it. Ruthless.

You were standing there in your tux, and she was like, “Listen, we need to talk”?    
Yeah, it was right after the prom. We were at the after-party and she said, “I just don’t think this is going to work out.” And that was it.

Well, I’m sure she’s regretting it now.
Actually, she’s still a good friend of mine.

Do you have any hard-and-fast rules when it comes to dating?

You gotta love dogs! You gotta be thick-skinned. My family can be — and not just my immediate family, my extended family — they’re very fun people. They’re very sassy. They’re not uptight or proper; they’ll swing some jokes at you, so you gotta be ready to take it and swing a few back.

When your uncle Michael Capuano was running for Senate in 2009, you did some campaigning for him. How was that?
It was fantastic. It’s almost embarrassing even saying we’re related based on what he’s done to give back and how he’s basically made his life about helping other people. It’s an honor to try to help him in any way possible.

Are you politically active?
Well, my family is certainly very vocal. They’re very Italian. A lot of our holidays end with people screaming at each other across the room. And everyone’s very opinionated and intelligent. A lot of my aunts and uncles are wildly educated, and their opinions reflect that. We’re all very liberal.

If you stopped acting, would you consider getting into politics? Or do you have another fallback career in mind?
To be honest, I would love to direct. It’s something I would love to try to crack into, hopefully sooner rather than later. I’ve read a hundred fantastic scripts that didn’t pan out as films, and I completely put that on the directors. I’ve also read some mediocre scripts that have ended up being amazing and I
credit that to the directors. They’re the storytellers. If you don’t have a good storyteller, you really have nothing.

When you were on our cover in March of 2007 we referred to you as the “next Ben Affleck.” Is he someone whose career you’d like to emulate?
I respect the fact that Ben’s done such a good job directing. I would love to make the transition to director, but a lot of actors do that. I mean, you’ve got guys like Robert Redford, who directs fantastic movies. And even Mel Gibson. Say what you will about him in his personal life, but the guy can direct.

  • Tanja

    What a lovely man. Boston can be proud of him!

  • Tom

    I had dealings with this guy last year when he was in England and he did something he didn’t have to for a child I know. I can tell you he is a good hearted man who made a little boy very happy!

  • Barry

    I’m always struck by the fact that it’s hard to talk to this man about personal things for long before he mentions his family. It’s lovely. He always wears the St Christopher he got from his grandmother. He’s a great guy. Anon is right, Boston ought to be proud to call him their own.

  • Vic

    I’ve long admired him as an actor. He has been the best thing in most of the movies he’s made. He was extraordinary in Sunshine and London.
    He is right to value his old friends! He seems wise to the fact that a lot of people popping into his life now would abandon him at the drop of a hat.
    But with his loving family and loyal old buddies plus his pleasant and modest personality I’m confident he’ll cope with the success which is so justly coming his way now.

  • Helen

    Looking forward to Captain America, the trailers seem amazing!! I agree that he seems a very likeable young man. Good luck to him, Captain America is going to be fantastic.

  • Tanja

    Sorry, still trying to get my head around the idea of having Chris Evans as a boyfriend and dumping him! Sorry, does not compute.
    Gorgeous face, ridiculous body but I have a hunch the best part of him is …… his heart!! (aaah!)

  • Carla

    What a lovely grounded individual he seems. I hope he finds his ‘Miss Right’ some day. (He’d make a great family man and dad!!)