In a recent interview, actor Chris Evans says growing up with a gay brother has helped him to “cultivate compassion and understanding” for different ethnic groups and identities outside his own.
“We’re obviously in tricky times right now, but up until this election I’ve never felt any sort of backlash or friction as a result of the stance I’ve taken in my career in support of him or any other human rights,” Evans told The Fix. “Hopefully it stays that way going forward.”
“It’s important to understand, whether it’s growing up with women, whether it’s growing up with other ethnic groups, it’s important to experience anything different from what you know,” he continued, “to encourage and cultivate compassion and understanding.”
He added: “Growing up with women helped me, but growing up in the theatre helped me, growing up in a progressive community helped me. I think it’s really important to put faces to the situations that we’re navigating as society.”
Watch their Tonight Show interview below: