Not all actors had childhood dreams of being on the big screen. Chris Pine has just revealed that acting has never really been one of his passions. The actor is known for starring roles in major franchises such as ‘Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit’ as the main character, Steve Trevor in ‘Wonder Woman’, JJ Abrams in ‘Star Trek’ and many others.
Pine has recently stepped away from those big franchises to star in smaller, standalone movies. Some of them are “The Contractor” and “All the Old Knives”. The latter came out this month.
Born into an acting family, Pine revealed he couldn’t do anything but toe the acting line. A line that has served him well given his success as both an actor and a director in the industry.
Chris Pine didn’t have a passion for acting
Pine apparently had no prior desire to be an actor. In an interview with IndieWirethe ‘Wonder Woman’ actor revealed that while he had a successful career in the industry, it wasn’t the one he thought of growing up.
The 41-year-old said: ‘I never had a passion for acting. Acting was something that seemed to come out of nowhere and then took over my life. Pine added that it “seemed fatal and made a lot of sense” at the time. This was probably referring to the number of actors in his family.
In his interview, Pine also mentioned his introduction to directing. Like acting, it wasn’t something he had planned before. “To direct, I never wanted to direct, really, sincerely. The idea for [my directional debut] “Poolman” started out as this little pebble in a pond.
Pine was born into a family of actors
Pine’s family is well known in the acting industry, ranging from her grandmother to her sister. The actor’s late grandmother, Anne Gwynne, was an actress and, at the time, a World War II pin-up model. Robert Pine, her father, starred in “ChiPs” as Sgt. Joseph Getraer in 1977. The crime drama series ran until 1983.
According to a 2009 interview with People, the former actor is more than impressed with his son’s decision to join the industry and his apparent success. At that time, he said, “I couldn’t be prouder. He is an incredibly hard worker.
Pine’s mother, Gwynne Gilford, also dabbled in acting. She was part of the cast of a 1987 He-Man movie, “Masters of the Universe.” Katherine Pine, the 41-year-old sister, also joined the acting train.
Pine said he only chose the movies he was interested in
Still, in his IndieWire interview, Pine discussed the rationale for the many movie roles he’s taken on. According to the actor, he got into the habit of picking out movies that interested him over the years.
“I go where my interest is, and my interest just happens to be, over the last two years, having been in these smaller movies,” the ‘Star Trek’ actor revealed. The “smaller” films refer to his recent projects, “All the Old Knives” and “The Contractor”.
He added: “I think there is a clarity of purpose now that I have with my work and my life. It’s me [choosing] because I just have a lot of things that I gave up. I just know what I want. I know what I like. I know what will work for me.
Chris Pine’s film roles
Besides her performance in franchises like “Star Trek” and “Wonder Woman,” Pine has also garnered critical attention and acclaim for her roles in other more character-driven projects. Its inclusion in “Hell or High Water” helped the film earn a Best Picture nod.
Pine’s starring role in his recent project, “All the Old Knives,” is the result of his standout performance in “Z for Zachariah.” The director was very impressed with his performance in “Z for Zachariah” and gave him the lead role.
“The Contractor” is another recent project from Pine. In the action-thriller, the actor played a demobilized veteran who took a job from a sleazy private military contractor in a bid to support his family.