Celebrity Then And Now
Publication: Albany Daily News. Posted by Lexi Schwartz
Celebrity Then And Now
Posted by Lexi Schwartz
Star Trek, Jack Ryan
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2004 - Present
August 26, 1980
Star Trek, Jack Ryan
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You could think of some of the most notable entertainment franchises in history and there’s a chance that Chris Pine has been part of them. From the story of Cinderella and fictional action hero Jack Ryan to the outer space adventures of “Star Trek” and even superhero films, Pine has been a go-to for Hollywood franchises needing to bolster their cast. Still not yet 40, Pine has already built himself a nice career, and figures to have many years ahead of him on screen.
Pine was born into an acting family, so it made sense that he became a star. His father is Robert Pine, who had a long running role in “CHiPs”. His mother Gwynne had starred in “A New Kind of Family”. Pine himself was born on August 26, 1980 in Los Angeles, California, but he didn’t get into acting right away. Instead, Pine focused on finishing school and moved up to Berkeley to attend Cal, finishing in 2002. It was there that he finally developed a love for acting and started training in theater.
In 2003, a 23 year old Pine got his start by appearing in television, popping up with guest spots in a trio of popular TV shows in “ER”, “The Guardian” and “CSI: Miami”. The following year he had another guest appearance on TV, as well as a short film and his feature debut as Nicholas Devereaux in “The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement”. “When I was a younger actor, I was pretty much solely motivated by validation,” he said of this part of his career. “I just wanted to be told I was good and handsome and part of the gang. It was pretty simple animal-social stuff.”
It was a big role for Pine getting to star alongside Anne Hathaway, and he hedged on his newfound fame over the next couple of years. He starred in 2006 films with “Just My Luck” and “Smokin’ Aces”, and had a TV movie with “Surrender, Dorothy”. Then, after 2008’s “Bottle Shock”, Pine got the break of a lifetime.
J.J. Abrams was casting for a “Star Trek” movie that would follow the journey of a young James T. Kirk, who was famously played on the TV series by William Shatner. Pine was selected to play the iconic role, making his first appearance in 2009. Since then, Pine has reprised the role in the Abrams reboot with 2013’s “Into Darkness” and 2016’s “Beyond”.
Pine wrapped up the 2000s with a couple more roles outside of “Star Trek”, and then had a solid start in the 2010s with “Quantum Quest” and “Unstoppable”. This followed with movies such as “This Means War” and “Rise of the Guardians” before landing another role that had been played before. This time around, Pine was playing Jack Ryan, who became the fourth actor to take on the role after some notable names like Harrison Ford and Ben Affleck.
Pine added comedies like “Horrible Bosses 2” and fantasy films like “Into the Woods” during the middle part of the decade and has been busy with some major blockbusters ever since. He starred in the film adaptation of the famous novel “A Wrinkle in Time” in 2018, which came right after he played Steve Trevor in the well received “Wonder Woman” film, which will be followed up with “Wonder Woman 1984”. In between, Pine has also been involved with the Spider-Man series, voicing the ultimate version of the character in “Into the Spider-Verse”.
Outside of his continued film career, Pine has also popped up on television here and there, mostly playing himself in guest spots or doing voice work. You might have recognized his voice in animated shows like “SuperMansion” and “American Dad”, as well as guest roles in “Angie Tribeca” and “Wet Hot American Summer”.
Even though Pine is now a multi-millionaire who has appeared in modeling campaigns and some of the biggest movies in recent memory, he still lives in a one-bedroom apartment and doesn’t like the fame that comes with acting all that much. “Hollywood is like living in a weird bubble,” Pine said. “A bunch of people take care of you and get you stuff, and you’re the center of that little microcosmic world. You start believing that is real and...you deserve it.”
However, Pine has been able to handle the pressure of playing some characters that have a deep history of already being on screen. “I’d be lying if I said I didn’t feel the pressure of leading a huge studio film with a lot of suits on set,” he said. “A lot of people have opinions and a lot of people need it to do well, so of course there’s pressure...All you can do is surround yourself with people you trust and pray for the best.”
“The only thing you sometimes have control over is perspective,” he added. “You don’t have control over your situation. But you have a choice about how you view it...The more you are positive and say, ‘I want to have a good life,’ the more you build that reality for yourself by creating the life that you want.’”
As for what the future holds for Pine’s career, he’s just taking it one day at a time. “For me, I love exploring ideas and throwing stuff against the wall and seeing what fits,” Pine said. “And if I had a really nice collaborative team around me who could deal with the more day-to-day minutia, that would be fun. And directing sometime in the future and writing...yeah, I can see that all in my future. But I can be incredibly lazy.”