He’s most well known for playing tough, ass-kicking superhero Captain America, but Chris Evans channelled his softer side when he recorded a ‘Bedtime Story’ for CBeebies.
The 35-year-old Hollywood actor followed in Tom Hardy’s footsteps and stepped onto the set during a brief visit to London last month to promote his new movie ‘Gifted’ – and the experience almost had him in tears.
‘I just did the CBeebies “Bedtime Story”’, he told me, when I met him the morning after. ‘I was reading this book to camera and it was getting me choked up. It’s a really beautiful children’s book. Thematically, it was so lovely.’
‘I'd never actually seen the show before,’ Evans admitted, but he has plenty of experience with bedtime stories: ‘I have nieces and nephews and I read stories to them all the time. It was my favourite thing as a kid to have someone read stories to me.’
It sounds like he got into the CBeebies vibe pretty quickly: ‘I thought it sounded really sweet. Walking onto the set, they have stuffed animals everywhere. I was like, “This is fucking adorable”.’
Evans is reading ‘Even Superheroes Have Bad Days’ by Shelly Becker and Eda Kaban, a story that aims to help children cope when they are feeling overwhelmed.
Watch tomorrow night (Wed May 10) at 6.50pm on CBeebies.
‘Gifted’ is in UK cinemas on Jun 16. Read our full interview with Evans next month.
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