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Chris Evans can teach us all about the importance of being open to love — without forcing it.

Chris Evans doesn’t mind being single. The Captain America star has dated a slew of A-listers over the years, but contrary to what some may think, he’s not averse to settling down.

Just like Hollywood’s top bachelor-turned-family man, George Clooney, Evans is totally open to getting serious and starting a family. As he told USA Today in 2017, “I definitely want children. I definitely want a family. But you cannot put the cart before the horse.”

As he went on to explain, “The family only works if it’s built off the extension of the love you feel for a person. If you all of a sudden want the kid more than you want the relationship, you may be on shaky ground.”

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That’s precisely why he’s not about to force a relationship or rush into one. Rather, Evans is holding out for the right match. He wants someone who will complement his passions and interests while also pursuing their own.

Getting super real about what he wants in a partner, Evans told The Hollywood Reporter that he “fears being enveloped.” As he put it, he’s always been “a really autonomous guy” and he doesn’t want to lose that. “I really like to be with someone who also has their own thing to do as well,” he shared, adding, “If I’m with someone who just kind of adopts my life, that can feel a bit suffocating.”

Chris Evans’ Star-Studded Dating History

Chris Evans’ dating history is filled with some of Hollywood’s biggest names. His first high-profile romance was with Kate Bosworth, who he met on the set of 2000’s The Newcomers. Their union was short-lived, however, and by 2001, he was in his first long-term relationship. 

That’s when Evans began dating Jessica Biel. The couple was together for five years and co-starred in two movies (Cellular and London) and yes, marriage was definitely on the table. Calling Evans a “keeper,” Biel told Cosmopolitan in 2005, “We always talk about [getting married]. We both want to be married, and we both want to have children.”

Unfortunately, things didn’t work out and Evans appeared to hit pause on getting serious. The Knives Out actor was then linked to Emmy Rossum, Christina Ricci, Kristin Cavallari, Amy Smart, Dianna Agron, Ashley Greene, Sandra Bullock, Lily Collins, and Minka Kelly. Things changed when he met comedian Jenny Slate on the 2016 set of Gifted.

While Evans didn’t address most of the relationship rumors that surrounded him following his split from Biel, he did go public with Slate. They were smitten and began dating soon after meeting. As Slate gushed, theirs was an instant connection. “[The] first night that we hung out, I was like, ‘Wow, I could hang out with Chris for, like, 90 hours,” she shared and Evans agreed. “I’ve only known Jenny for a few months, which is insane to say because we’re like the same animal,” he enthused.

Unfortunately, despite appearing to be super in sync, they split less than a year later in February 2017. After initially citing “conflicting schedules” as the reason for their breakup, Slate told Vulture there was more to it than that. “When Chris and I started dating, my husband and I had only been separated a couple of months,” she recalled. That meant she didn’t have time to properly mourn the end of her marriage, but she couldn’t resist giving love a chance. “Chris is a sunny, loving, really fun person, and I didn’t really understand why I should be prudent,” she told the mag. 

Even so, she was adamant that she has “no regrets,” while Evans underscored the fact that theirs was a positive, drama-free breakup. “I am endlessly grateful for having met her,” he gushed. “She will be in my life always.”  

Who Is Chris Evans’ New Girlfriend? 

Chris Evans and Alba Baptista

Since splitting from Jenny Slate, Chris Evans has done his best to keep his private life private. Despite his efforts, though, fans are convinced he’s now dating Portuguese actress Alba Baptista. As one source told OK! in March 2022, they’ve reportedly been together for “a while” and Evans is “laser-focused on her, and he’s stopped playing the field”. 

Neither party has addressed the rumors, but speculation of a relationship first began when Evans followed Baptista on Instagram in the fall of 2020, per Daily Mail. She later followed him back in June 2021 and, in early 2022, fans speculated Evans was in Baptista’s hometown of Lisbon, Portugal to see her. 

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As for how they met, it’s believed the two actors could have connected while filming in Europe in the summer of 2021. Evans was there shooting The Gray Man while Baptista was working on Warrior Nun. However, as Daily Mail notes, their filming locations didn’t actually overlap. While she was in Spain, he was in the Czech Republic and in France.

So who is Alba Baptista? According to IMDb, she has 28 acting credits to her name (so far), including recurring roles on a number of popular Portuguese TV series. Her big break came in 2014 when she was cast on a telenovela called Jardins Proibidos and went on to star in over 300 episodes. Jump to 2020 and she made her North American small screen debut as the lead in Netflix’s Warrior Nun

What’s more, we also know that Baptista speaks five languages (Portuguese, English, Spanish, French, and German), is 16 years younger than Evans, and was previously linked to Canadian film director Justin Amorim, who called her his “soulmate” on Instagram in 2019. 

Is Chris Evans’ Approach to Dating Healthy?

Bearded Chris Evans at a Hollywood premiere

Upon first glance, Chris Evans’ dating history can make him look like a player. However, as he’s made clear, that’s simply not true. Case in point: He made a vulnerable admission about settling down in 2019 when he told Men’s Journal, “I really want kids. Yeah, I do. I like pretty pedestrian, domestic things. I want a wife, I want kids. I like ceremony. I want to carve pumpkins and decorate Christmas trees and s*** like that,” he enthused.   

That being said, he’s also made it clear that he’s not about to rush into a union simply because of those aspirations. Finding “the right one” isn’t easy (nor is it guaranteed) and there’s no magic formula to make the perfect partner materialize in front of you. As we can see from Evans’ love life, even when you’re a Hollywood leading man who’s found incredible success in other aspects of life, dating is hard. It has ups and downs and you need to embrace the good with the bad. 

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If a relationship doesn’t work out, there’s no reason to become resentful or place blame on your partner. Rather, you should appreciate the union for what it was, celebrate the joy that it brought, and use it as an opportunity to learn and grow. 

It’s a valuable lesson we can all learn from Evans, who is a master of peaceful, grown-up separations. As he told Elle, “I’ve had no bad breakups in my life” because “if you’re ever fortunate enough to love someone and have them love you back, it’s worth protecting that. It’s rare that someone can truly know you,” he mused, so “if you’ve broken through that kind of wall, I think it’s important to value that.”

Equally important is striking the right balance on the quest for love. As the actor shows us through his own healthy approach to dating, it’s imperative to be open to love, but not be desperate to have it at all cost. 

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