Chris Pine in Men's Journal January 2014: I Was A Kid Who Needed Encouragement

Posted Friday December 27, 2013 12:38 PM GMT

With his new action-packed flick "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit" slated to hit theaters January 17th, Chris Pine scored the cover spot of Men’s Journal January 2014.

During his Q&A session with the publication, the "Star Trek" hunk chatted about the film industry's evolution and even shared details about his teenage years.

Check out GossipCenter's recap of Mr. Pine's interview below. For more, be sure to visit Men’s Journal!

On his childhood:
"I was kind of a lost, shy kid in need of encouragement. Scared, pimply-faced, geeky, in a huge coke-bottle glasses and a hat A very sensitive kid. The last thing I would have ever imagined is I would be acting on film. Obviously, when I had horrible acne, I would naturally retreat. you don't want to look at the world and you don't want the world to look at you, so when I was 15 or whatever, I got really into writing and books and studying. I can't imagine what it would have been like if I were in a public school. I would have probably gotten beaten. My school was very inclusive. There were no jocks, there weren't labeled group of kids."

On his acting career:
"The nice thing about 'Star Trek' and, God willing, 'Jack,' is I can always kind of hop back and do that thing. But the past couple of years for me were just trying to really figure out what I want to do. Look at the movies of the Sixties and Seventies. They were making a different kind of movie then. Would 'Network' ever be made now? No. Would 'Kramer vs. Kramer' ever be made now? No. Would 'Tootsie' ever be made now? Probably not. Robert Altman films? Never. I'm not saying that the action/science-fiction genre is bad in itself. I make those films. I'm just saying that the studios have put all their cards on black."

On his body image in Hollywood:
"The mass audience doesn't want to see you if you aren't perfect. If you don't look a certain way, if you don't have big pecs and great skin and the perfect eyes. And it's unfortunate, because kids are growing up with body image dysmorphia because not everyone is represented on the screen. I get it. For me to talk sh*t on it? I'm one of the guys."

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