'Star Trek's Chris Pine Talks Lindsay Lohan, Hollywood, Hatred of the Internet & More

Misjudgements happen: they're especially easy when the misjudgement in question revolves around an actor or actress — specifically one whose career choices have been rollercoaster-y at best. So we're sorry, Chris Pine, because we judged in error: you're not the dopey loverboy you've played in films like The Princess Diaries 2, Just My Luck, or This Means War. Nor are you the type of bro who gets totally pumped up for films like the yet-to-be-released Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit or the Star Trek franchise reboot. Apparently you're a real, normal, intelligent, and level-headed human, (and possibly/maybe singer? And also a comedian?) and not some Hollywood stereotype — an impressive feat considering you're from of those 'biz families. In Chris Pine's recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter , Pine's political and cultural prowess — in addition to scathing commentary regarding his time working opposite Lindsay Lohan — take center stage. As do the myriad of ways in which our assumption that this attractive actor person were wrong.

On LiLo:

  • "It was a real cyclone of insanity, like being around The Beatles. It was fascinating to watch, and in hindsight it's really a distinct moment in someone's life when you see what's really wonderful about what we get to do and what's really dangerous about it."

On Hollywood:

  • "Hollywood is like living in a weird bubble. 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 it is real and … you deserve it."

On Social Media:

  • "What am I going to tweet about? My sneakers? Or, 'I have 140,000 friends on Facebook.' What does that even mean? I find it to be a waste of time. The Internet is so caustic; just a place where people get to spew nonsense and bullshit."

On Fame:

  • "The light of my flame was really bright after Star Trek [in 2009], and I had that bizarre convergence of everything's so intense for about a month, and then it died down. During that time, they're f---ing chasing you, and you're driving at speeds you shouldn't be driving at. Thankfully, I don't really have much of that anymore."

On Politics:

  • "The head of our government can assassinate anyone, including an American citizen. We are striking countries with drones -- sovereign countries. What if Mexico decided to bomb San Diego because there was a drug cartel there?
  • During a two-hour stretch with this reporter, Pine checked his iPhone exactly once -- to confirm the name of Anwar al-Awlaki, a U.S. citizen who was killed in Yemen by a CIA-led drone strike. "Was he an awful guy? Yeah. Was he plotting terrorism? Possibly. But we crossed the line by just outright assassinating him."

Balanced? Level-headed, and self-aware? Chris Pine who are you and how did this all happen? Now, in order to feel less bad about snap judgements on a complete and total stranger, allow us to remind that everybody does. Literally everyone. It happens to the best of us! We're only human. I mean, heck, just look at the...

Other People Who Also Misjudged Pine:

  • Into The Woods director, Rob Marshall: "I never expected him to have that talent. His look belies his talent in a funny kind of way. He could coast on those amazing looks, but he's so much more than that."
  • Star Trek director, J.J. Abrams: "He's got an amazing, compelling watchability -- you can't take your eyes off of him. His good looks are palatable to men and enticing to women."
  • Smokin' Aces director, Joe Carnahan: "I remember afterward Ben [Affleck] saying to me, 'If I could take 10 percent of what I'm going to make the rest of my career and bet on somebody, it would be that kid.'" ... "I think the accoutrement of being famous isn't of any use to him ... But the actual work itself I think is everything. And that, I think, is a major point of delineation and separation from his peer group."

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