Chris Evans Says Having A Gay Brother Helped Him “Put A Face” On LGBT Issues

"It's important to experience anything different from what you know."

In a recent interview, Chris Evans talked about how growing up with sisters and a gay brother helped him to “cultivate compassion and understanding” about identities outside his own.

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 28:  (L-R) Scott Evans, Carly Evans and actor Chris Evans attends the 2016 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Graydon Carter at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 28, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California.  (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
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The Captain America star, pictured above with his brother Scott and sister Carly, opened up about his progressive family to The Fix when asked to explain what inspires his adult activism.

“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 [my brother] or any other human rights… hopefully it stays that way going forward,” he explained.

“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.”

THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0031 -- Pictured: (l-r) Brothers Scott Evans and actor Chris Evans playing sibling-wed game with host Jimmy Fallon on March 31, 2014 -- (Photo by: Nathaniel Chadwick/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
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Chris has long been supportive of Scott, who’s perhaps best known for playing gay cop Oliver Fish on One Life to Live.

Of his brother and his group of friends, Chris once commented, “They’re the funniest people I know. [Scott looks like me], but he’s about an inch taller and about four shades tanner than I am. He’s a very fit young man. Believe me, he does quite well for himself.”

Watch Scott reveal the worst prank Chris ever pulled on him.
 

And for an extra dose of adorable, check out their sweet “Fire and Rain” duet below.
 

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