Gay Actor Scott Evans Admits Impostor Syndrome As He Lands Ken Role in ‘Barbie’

Scott Evans

American actor Scott Evans, who plays one of the Ken’s in the much-anticipated film ‘Barbie’, admitted that he had to battle impostor syndrome before and after landing the role.

In an interview with Out, Evans described his feelings when he first got the call to audition for ‘Barbie’. He said that he saw the call, but he didn’t think he would get it. Still, he gave his best shot.  

“I like to be prepared for auditions because I can mess up a lot. But the first take of my Barbie audition was just like, ‘We did it. That was good.’ After doing other takes for another half hour, we still ended up submitting that very first take. I was like, ‘Is this a mistake? Should I keep working on this forever the way people do?’”

But eventually, he received the good news when he got an urgent call from Greta Gerwig herself. “My manager called to say that Greta wanted to Zoom with me. I was like, ‘Greta Gerwig!?’” And when they talked, he said it felt like they were “old friends.”

“We talked about musical theater and all sorts of different things like we were cut from the same cloth. She finished the call by telling me that I’d hear from her soon. An hour or two later, I got a call with the offer.”

Although they have pretty much bonded on the call, meeting her on the set was a nerve-wracking experience, Evans recalls. “I was in a state of panic the entire time, just a huge sense of impostor syndrome, knowing who else was a part of the movie. But when I met her, she was just the most approachable person on the planet. She is so sweet. And watching her think, her creativity coming out…it’s something from another world.”

Evans also opened up about his childhood experience with Barbie. He said that his older sister owned Barbies, while his older brother — ‘Captain America’ Chris Evans — had action figures, while he had Ninja Turtles and Dick Tracy. “I played with anything and everything,” he said. “Growing up, I wasn’t even aware there could be a problem. It wasn’t until I started playing with friends and going to their houses that I was like, ‘Oh, OK, so we’re not playing with those things, I guess?’”

But his family was supportive of expressing creativity even as a child. They let him play with whatever doll and action figure he wanted, and he really enjoyed playing pretend a lot, as if foreshadowing what he and his older brother would have when they grow up — Chris becoming Captain America and Scott as a Ken doll.

‘Barbie’ comes out in theaters on July 21.

 

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