“We used to talk about what kinds of animals we were,” Slate recently told Vulture. “Chris said it’s like I’m a chick riding on a St. Bernard’s head. We’re an odd match.”
The actress, best known for her hilarious roles in “Parks and Recreation,” “Kroll Show” and indie film “Obvious Child,” opened up to the outlet about her romantic relationship and breakup with her superhero ex, and says that their differences are what eventually split them apart.
Chris is a very, very famous person. For him to go to a restaurant is totally different than for me to go. I sit in my window and I say ‘Hi’ to people on the street. I have more freedom because I’m not Captain America. I’m mostly a cartoon. Jenny Slate
“Chris is a very, very famous person,” she told Vulture. “For him to go to a restaurant is totally different than for me to go. I sit in my window and I say ‘Hi’ to people on the street. I have more freedom because I’m not Captain America. I’m mostly a cartoon.”
The attention was too much for Slate, who was also dealing with a divorce from Dean Fleischer-Camp, a film editor and her husband of nearly four years, while she was dating Evans.
“This is what I needed to do to feel normal,” she explained. “To be alone.”
Slate explains that when she and Evans first met, there were strong friendship vibes, but that was about it. The actress would even get annoyed by Evan’s weekly game nights that he insisted the cast and crew attend.
“At first I was like, ‘What a f—– nightmare,’” the actress recalled. “Chris is a different speed than me — I think he really did just jump out of a plane for an interview. And so when he was like, ‘Game nights,’ I was like, ‘This is annoying. This guy’s like a sports guy. He’s the kid that likes P.E.’”
Evan’s joyful energy eventually won Slate over, and the two got to know one another. But when Evans, who has dated women like Jessica Biel and Minka Kelly in the past, began having romantic feelings for Slate, she admits that she thought it was “a prank.”
“To be quite honest, I didn’t think I was his type,” she told Vulture.
“I’m considered some sort of alternative option, even though I know I’m a majorly vibrant sexual being.”
She also noted, “If you are a woman who really cares about her freedom, her rights, her sense of being an individual, it is confusing to go out with one of the most objectified people in the entire world.”
And that objectification played into their relationship as well. Slate cites times when the couple would be somewhere like CVS and random women would come up to her and say things like, “‘Oh, my God, is that Chris Evans? He’s so hot!’ You’re like, ‘How dare you? That’s my boyfriend. But yes, he’s so hot.’”
As for their future relationship, Slate hopes that she and Evans can find their way back to their game night beginnings.
“We’re not on bad terms, but we haven’t really seen each other, spoken a lot,” Slate said. “I think it’s probably best. I’d love to be his friend one day, but we threw down pretty hard. No regrets, though. Ever.”