Actress Jenny Slate has criticized tabloid reporters for trivializing her recent comments about her unlikely romance with Hollywood hunk Chris Evans.
The 35-year-old enjoyed a nine-month relationship with Chris until their split in February (17), and in March (17), Jenny opened up about the “stress” she found herself under dating such a high-profile star.
She also struggled to understand why the Captain America actor was romantically interested in her, because she is so different from the women he usually dates, like his exes Minka Kelly and Jessica Biel.
“Eventually, when it was like, ‘Oh, you have these feelings for me?’ I was looking around like, ‘Is this a prank?’,” she told New York Magazine’s Vulture column. “I mean, I understand why I think I’m beautiful, but if you’ve had a certain lifestyle and I’m a very, very different type of person – I don’t want to be an experiment.”
Jenny’s remarks went viral as fans and bloggers homed in on her candid comments about dating Chris, but the way her interview was covered in the media left her really disappointed.
“It seems so naive: You’re just talking to a nice person, and you have a really honest, beautiful conversation, and she writes about it in an honest, beautiful way,” she tells Marie Claire magazine. “But then, it goes through all these other outlets and gets distilled. And then it can be made to seem like you were being cheap (by discussing the relationship so openly)… I didn’t mean to do that. Especially not with an experience that was so precious to me.”
Jenny’s relationship with her Gifted co-star Chris emerged shortly after calling it quits with her filmmaker husband Dean Fleischer-Camp. The former couple had been married for almost four years before parting ways in May, 2016.
Slate admits going through her divorce was a tough experience, but she’s thankful she and Dean didn’t try to drag out their union after realizing things were not working out.
“A divorce moves at the speed of complete, deadening silence, or that’s how it feels,” she says. “When we got divorced, I felt like I was in outer space. But I think we at least had the foresight, even amidst all that pain, to say, ‘If we don’t do this now, we will never be able to be together at all in any way. We will never be able to work together or be friends.’
“You know, just because something didn’t work out in its original form doesn’t mean you have to denigrate it and say it was worth nothing.”