Christopher Whitelaw Pine (known professionally as Chris Pine) is an American actor best known for playing James T. Kirk in the 2009 film "Star Trek" and the 2013 film "Star Trek into Darkness" and the 2016 film Star Trek Beyond. He made his voice acting debut with Jack Frost in Rise of the Guardians.
Pine was born on August 26, 1980, in Los Angeles, California into a family of actors. His father, Robert Pine, appeared in CHiPs, and his mother, Gwynne Gilford, is a former actress who is now a practicing psychotherapist. He has an older sister named Katherine who has dabbled in acting, and is maternal grandmother, Anne Gwynne, was a Hollywood actress. Pine's ancestry includes Russian Jewish (from his maternal grandfather), Welsh, and English.
He attended Oakwood School for high school and received a bachelor's degree in English from the University of California, Berkeley, in 2002. He also studied English at the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom for one year. After graduation, he studied at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco.
He identifies as agnostic and has been in a relationship with model Dominique Piek since early 2012.
Some of his first roles included guest appearances in television shows such as ER and CSI: Miami. His film debut was in The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement as Lord Nicholas Devereaux, which was released to a strong box office. Afterward, he appeared in several other shorts, television shows, and films. But it was his role as Captain James T. Kirk in the 2009 film Star Trek, as well as subsequent films, that earned him worldwide renown. The Hollywood Reporter named Pine as one of the young male actors who are "pushing – or being pushed" into taking over Hollywood as the new "A-List".
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Chris Pine portrays Jack Frost, the teenaged winter spirit of fun and mischief. Playing Jack marked his first voice acting role, which he enjoyed due to how it gave him the freedom to go back and tweak parts until he found "the right color". In his own words, it gave him "a lot of time to fail", as well as a lot of preparation and rehearsal time, and he compared the complexity of using only the voice to act to "a musical instrument". For him, "the most magical" part of voice acting was witnessing his vocals come to life through the animation.
In regards to his character, Pine liked how Jack was "caught up in extraordinary circumstances" while "conflicted by [his] own doubts". He also described Jack as "being special in [his] absolute everydayness", finding the journey of self-discovery a wonderful lesson. "This journey for Jack really is about finding out who he is and what he's meant to be," he reflected.
Of the film's plot, Pine said, "It's a lot about the power of belief and imagination and sort of like the children's version of The Avengers." He also commented on how, despite the film being targeted at children, it's also darker and edgier and has "an adult take on a very universal and childlike phenomenon, which is growing up with these myths and legends".
- Chris Pine admitted to being scared of the boogeyman when he was a child and still "getting there" in regards to sleeping with the lights off.