Star Trek’s Chris Pine On Why He Works Out


Let’s get all Tiger Beat-ish and dive inside the mind of Chris Pine, the costar of Star Trek Into Darkness, with the help of his sound bites from the June issue of Men’s Health.

God, I could just grab onto those Vulcan ears and…No, wait, that’s the other guy. But still, Chris Pine is super hot and any time he wants to beam me up to his place for a little…I’m kidding. His utterances will suffice, from afar–as long as they’re not from another galaxy. Anyway, here goes:

On why he works out: “I work out because that’s my job. What I enjoy about it, beyond the vanity, is the Zen of it. I like getting out of my head. One great way is to sweat your face off. I appreciate that if you’re thinking of anything else, you’re not working intensely enough.”

On his biggest fear: “Mediocrity scares me. It’s the fear of not being as good as you want to be. If you give over to that fear, it will sabotage you. As much as I can, I try to use that fear to guide me.”

On how his first audition went for Star Trek: “As badly as you can imagine.”

On when he got a callback for Star Trek after bombing the audition: “When you want something enough, it brings out primal emotions. You get into this place of ‘must happen, must happen.'”

On being a misfit in high school: “Just looking at a girl felt awkward. When you feel like an oddball, it never really leaves you. Even now, I’m better around people who are uncomfortable with themselves, the misfits.”

On being mentored by Alec Baldwin: “I was transparent in my desire to be mentored. ‘Please give me sage wisdom,’ I’d say. Alec just took me by the shoulders and said, ‘Do it,’ which to me meant ‘Jump in, dive in, take it. Smile and laugh. Grab it, chew it.'”

Last time he cried: “I cry all the time–at work, at the shrink’s, with my lady. The Notebook killed me. Up destroyed me. Up was like the animated Amour.”

Motto: “Just get in there and get dirty.”

Great! It’s a deal!