It would be hard to find anyone who knew Chris Evans, when he was growing up in the western suburbs of Boston, that would be surprised to find out he became an actor. His mom is the director of Concord Youth Theatre, where Evans, 38, got his first taste of stage work when he was 9. He stuck with it through high school, moved to New York to study the craft, and landed some TV and movie work (in shows - “Opposite Sex” - and films - “Not Another Teen Movie” - you might have missed). And he kept getting work, in parts ranging from hot-headed, scene-stealing Johnny Storm in “Fantastic Four” to the quietly frightening Mr. Freezy in the somber murder film “The Iceman.” The role of Captain America made him a star, but Evans continues to try out different kinds of characters, from the concerned and loving uncle of a young math prodigy in “Gifted” to the enigmatic Ransom Drysdale in “Knives Out.”

Evans shows off his dramatic sides in the new Apple TV+ series “Defending Jacob,” playing Andy Barber, opposite Michelle Dockery as his wife Laurie, and Jaeden Martell as their son Jacob, who is accused of killing a high school classmate. The eight-episode series also delves in Andy’s dark past.

Currently in the midst of some self-isolating downtime from acting, Evans is hard at work on his forthcoming website A Starting Point, through which he will interview Washington politicians from both sides of the aisle, giving them an opportunity to briefly address a variety of political issues, with answers aimed at the general public.

Evans spoke about the new series, his career, and A Starting Point by phone from his home outside of Boston.

Q: What were your earliest acting experiences at Concord Youth Theatre?
A: I did “A Wrinkle in Time,” “Tuck Everlasting,” “Anne of Green Gables” - you know, standard children’s theater fare. I certainly don’t mean to disparage it because that’s where you really kind of find your footing, find your passion. High school had a bit more of an adult take on things. You know, you could try Shakespeare. But that’s also when you start planning for the future, and it was when I knew what I wanted to do. The summer after my junior year, I moved to New York City. That was the litmus test, and I came back pretty bitten.

Q: What was the first acting job you got paid for?
A: It wasn’t even really an acting job. It was back when CD-ROMs were a big deal, and I played a character in some CD-ROM game. I would talk to the screen, and there was a little bit of a photo shoot. It took two days and I might have made 300 bucks, but I was lovin’ it.

Q: How did “Defending Jacob” come into your life?
A: It was a script that my team sent me. I met with (director) Morten Tyldum and (showrunner) Mark Bomback, and they gave me their pitch. You could only read one episode, and I got the pilot. Then they pitch you the rest of the series. I had a few more meetings with Mark and had a few questions, but every time we sat down, he just put my concerns at ease.

Q: Tell me a little about your character Andy.
A: He’s the assistant district attorney in Newton, Massachusetts. He’s a good man, a simple man, and he runs clean. But he’s taciturn, and he comes from a slightly rough childhood. As a result, I think he can be tough to read. You come to realize that it’s because of a guilt he’s carried and a burden he’s felt, and when his son is accused of murder, it becomes sort of a pressure-release valve that dredges up all this old stuff.

Q: Both “Defending Jacob” and your 2017 film “Gifted” share the theme of the importance of telling the truth. Was that part of what attracted you to them?
A: Sure. But I would go a little further downstream. I think when you don’t tell the truth, a byproduct of that is guilt, and I think guilt is really a fun thing to explore. When you have to live with it for a long time, and the shame that goes with it ... even if you bury it, it still has an echo and still plays a role. In this story you have a guy who’s found some sort of peace and balance with accepting his guilt and shame and secrets. But then he has to confront them in the most public of ways. That was really interesting and exciting to me.

Q: What’s the current status of A Starting Point? I’d read that it was supposed to launch in February.
A: Yeah, we were supposed to, but then all this craziness happened. So, like so many other things right now, we’re in a holding pattern. We’re just waiting for the right time. We obviously need Washington D.C. to be up and running, because we need people to be on the Hill for this to work. We need that kind of communication and connectivity happening. So, in a perfect world, late summer, hopefully when things start to feel recognizable again.

“Defending Jacob’ premieres on Apple TV+ on April 24.
Ed Symkus writes about movies for More Content Now. He can be reached at esymkus@rcn.com.