AFP

LOS ANGELES

Pale blue eyes. Leading-man looks. Chris Pine is one of Hollywood’s rising stars and for good reason.

The “Star Trek” and “Horrible Bosses 2” actor sat down with AFP ahead of the US release of his latest film, “The Finest Hours,” to talk about everything from his most recent role to being the son of Hollywood actors.

The movie, which hits theaters Friday, recounts the true story of a 1952 rescue mission to save a ship caught in a hellish storm off the coast of Massachusetts. The 35-year-old Californian plays heroic Coast Guard captain Bernie Webber, who leads the rescue operation, and is cast alongside actor Casey Affleck in the film by Craig Gillespie.

“He’s an atypical hero,” Pine told AFP. The type you wouldn’t “expect to step up and do heroic things.”

“He was indeed a quiet man who spoke about the facts, God and his faith, which gave me an idea of who he was,” Pine said after listening to Webber’s interviews. “He’s a complete ‘beta’ — not ‘alpha male.’ That’s what attracted me to the character. I had a great empathy for Bernie and wanted him to succeed,” he said. “My parents certainly, but I think that in today’s age we need more people like Malala (Yousafzai, the Nobel Peace Prize winning Pakistani education campaigner). She’s a warrior,” Pine said. “To be able to experience what she did and not meet it with anger... and use that and expand it in people’s lives to open new doors for women across the world, (and to be) that young and have that old of a soul, is just mind-blowing,” he said.

Pine, who is the child of actors Robert Pine and Gwynne Gilford, said “I never got any specific advice from my parents,” but added that he “always credits them for being supportive and having an open ear.” “I wanted to play baseball growing up but was not good enough to do that,” Pine said.