Up until then, Evans was having a stress-free evening, pre-partying at his home in the Hollywood Hills with his mom and brother and some buddies from back home in Boston, getting loose before his big night.

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Evans has compared his family to New England Von Trapps: He has three siblings, all of whom grew up performing. My sister has kids – they're seven, five and three – and going home and being around them feels great. A few minutes later, his friend and assistant Josh comes in carrying a green juice (Evans: "Is that for me?

You're all right.' It's not like Robert [Downey Jr.], who I think puts on a persona to protect his private self.

It's not in Chris' nature to put on a face that isn't totally natural." His other problem, Evans says, is that he suffers from what he calls "a noisy brain." It makes him second-guess everything, turns casual conversations into whirl- pools of self-doubt. We walk over to a junk-filled hall closet and he opens the door.

The house – a midcentury number he bought after the first – is perched near a stunning cliff-side overlook with IMAX views of the San Fernando Valley, including, if you know where to squint, the headquarters of Marvel Studios: the conglomerate that's both the source of most of the great things in Evans' life as well as the cause of much of his agony. "If you make a big movie like they'll lock you up for three movies. We got it down to six.") But he was also afraid of all the other commitments – the promo tours, the corporate tie-ins, the cameos, the auxiliary stuff.

When Marvel first offered him the role of Captain America, Evans turned it down repeatedly. "This is the most outside asks you can incorporate into a movie," Evans says.

' and he'll just break out in song," co-star Scarlett Johansson says. "I don't like having silly surface discussions," he says. Cap doesn't drink or swear; until recently, Evans thought he'd never even had sex. "There's a sort of a loneliness about the way that Chris plays [Cap] that I think is very touching," Johansson says.

"A lot of times that's required in this business. When you feel kind of un-invested, like you're playing some sort of game you know you shouldn't be playing. "He has a kind of longing, self-searching quality that Chris has given him – like he's struggling with something maybe all of us are struggling with." Downey, who helped persuade Evans to sign up for the role, agrees.

"Chris can be a delicate flower a little bit," Johansson says.

"You just want to pat his back: ' Aw, Chrissy.

"It's a little nerve-racking," Evans says two days later.