In terms of fame, Jenny Slate's relationship with Chris Evans was never in balance.
He is Captain America. She is the voice of , a cult-favorite YouTube video.
Indeed, if you're unsure who Slate is, you're likely not alone—and it's exactly what makes their romance so interesting.
I once saw a documentary that followed a group of high school students through their senior year—all of the expected archetypes were present: jock, nerd, cheerleader, student body president.
In an unexpected turn of events, the football star and his shy, "geeky" classmate began dating. It was lovely and sweet until they had to face the fact their lives were just too different.
And they broke up.
Essentially, the same thing happened with Slate and Evans. She divulges all in an interview with Vulture, offering us a moving, eye-opening dialogue about the pain of a loving relationship that comes with an expiration date.
Eventually, their differences became too much to handle:
"For him to go to a restaurant is totally different than for me to go. I sit in my window and I say ‘Hi’ to people on the street. I have more freedom because I’m not Captain America. I’m mostly a cartoon. This is what I needed to do to feel normal. To be alone."
Although Slate admits to being anxious about seeing Evans at press events for their upcoming film Gifted, set to debut April 7, she looks back at their relationship fondly, as well as facets of his personality that affected her the most.
"He’s really vulnerable, and he’s really straightforward," she says. "He’s like primary colors. He has beautiful, big, strong emotions, and he’s really sure of them. It’s just wonderful to be around. His heart is probably golden-colored if you could paint it."
If only we could all be so eloquent and compassionate when discussing our exes.
She has similarly poignant words about her ex-husband, Dean Fleischer-Camp, whom she split from shortly before her relationship with Evans: "We’re good friends. That’s why we got divorced. If we didn’t get divorced, we wouldn’t be able to be friends. We had just grown apart."
Despite the heartbreak of the past year, Slate says she is determined to accept her new life with open arms—and looks forward to meeting the person who accepts it, too.
"The way I feel now is I’ve stepped out of the woods and I’m a forest animal and I’m standing on the lawn," she says, in a metaphor extremely in line with the person she is.
"And if anybody tried to approach me right now, they’re seeing a creature that’s just trying to figure out what the lawn is like. All I’m thinking about is the lawn. I’m not thinking about whether or not they are going to be a fun person to be on the lawn with, because I am just trying to be on the lawn."
We hope she's enjoying the view.