Chris Pine may have been a relative newcomer when he was cast as Lindsay Lohan's love interest in "Just My Luck," but he was clearly the more professional actor. After all, it was the redheaded actress' wild ways that led to at least one shutdown on the 2005 set of their romantic comedy--not Pine's.
"It was a real cyclone of insanity, like being around The Beatles," Pine says of the media circus surrounding his hard-partying costar, who earned $7.5 million for her role in the film. "It was fascinating to watch, and in hindsight it's really a distinct moment in someone's life when you see what's really wonderful about what we get to do and what's really dangerous about it."
Pine, by contrast, eschewed the spotlight. "Hollywood is like living in a weird bubble," he says in the Jan. 10 issue of The Hollywood Reporter. "A bunch of people take care of you and get you stuff, and you're the center of that little microcosmic world. You start believing that it is real and you deserve it."
Unlike many young stars, Pine puts a premium on his privacy. His romantic life, for example, is "something I don't really want to talk about." And he has no intention of joining Twitter, either.
"F--k no," he says of signing up for the social networking site. "What am I going to tweet about? My sneakers? Or, 'I have 140,000 friends on Facebook.' What does that even mean? I find it to be a waste of time. The internet is so caustic; just a place where people get to spew nonsense and bulls--t."
Pine's problem with being a public figure is only exacerbated by the paparazzi.
"They f---ing suck," he says. "The light of my flame was really bright after 'Star Trek' [in 2009], and I had that bizarre convergence of everything's so intense for about a month, and then it died down. During that time, they're f---ing chasing you, and you're driving at speeds you shouldn't be driving at. Thankfully, I don't really have much of that anymore."
Though he's taking over the Jack Ryan movie franchise and will reprise his role as Captain Kirk in a third "Star Trek" film, Pine knows that show business can be fickle. His father, Robert Pine, played Sgt. Joseph Getraer, on "CHiPs" and continues to work as a character actor. His mother, Gwynne Gilford, now retired, appeared in "Gunsmoke" and "Satan's School for Girls," among other productions. Plus, his grandmother, Anne Gwynne, was a Universal contract player.
"There was nothing romantic about the industry," the 33-year-old says. "I grew up in a family where sometimes work was good, sometimes great, and sometimes there was no work. I learned a lot by osmosis, just by being around them."
What's next for Pine, who recently wrapped production on "Into the Woods" and "Horrible Bosses 2"?
"I really don't have a strategy--I have no desire at all to produce on a micromanaging level," he says. "For me, I love exploring ideas and throwing stuff against the wall and seeing what fits, and if I had a really nice collaborative team around me who could deal with the more day-to-day minutia, that would be fun. And directing sometime in the future and writing. Yeah, I can see that all in my future."
Pine then smiles and adds, "But I can be incredibly lazy."