His extensive theater work includes performances in productions of Our Town, American Buffalo, No Exit, Waiting for Godot and Orestes.
He performed and sang at school as a child but never thought of doing it professionally despite living with a family of actors.
He went to a small private school in the San Fernando Valley area called Oakwood.
He once worked in a restaurant and in a bakery and worked for his landlord as a construction guy who would repair things in the house but he was not very good because he did not know a hammer from a screwdriver so it did not last long.
He studied acting at the American Conservatory Theater and University of Leeds in the United Kingdom.
He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a degree in English.
Chris started in theater, performing at the Williamstown Theater Festival in Berkeley, CA.
Chris is the nephew of Phillip Pine.
Chris stands 1.84 m. tall.
Chris' breakout movie role was in The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement as 'Nicholas Devereaux'.
Chris was raised in the Valley.
Chris is a huge fan of Rachel McAdams.
Chris is currently writing short stories as well as a screenplay.
Chris had to get his first pair of glasses when he was in third grade.
Chris enjoys leisure reading on meditation.
Chris is featured in Fashion 18's "Life 18 Crush" for the Summer 2006 issue.
If Chris wasn't an actor he would have been a musician.
Chris loves Diesel Jeans with his Vans and Chuck Taylors.
Chris likes Andre 3000's style.
Chris is inspired by Gary Oldman.
Chris was born on exactly the same day as Macaulay Culkin.
Chris' nickname is "Pine Sol."
Chris has a sister named Katie.
Chris is the grandson of Anne Gwynne and Max M. Gilford.
Chris is the son of Robert Pine and Gwynne Gilford.
Chris (on how luck changed his life): Yeah, my career is a great example. I took part in a theatre festival in Massachusetts two summers after I graduated from college. Then I was in Los Angeles thinking, "I am going to go to New York." I had decided that I would not have a chance of a film career, so I was about to make the move. I bought a plane ticket and found a place to live in New York, packed my bags and of course the universe 'told me' that I was not meant to go. Suddenly a week before I was supposed to leave, I had three job offers and one of them was my first movie. I think that when you let go and 'throw it all away' and stop getting attached and say "whatever happens, happens", you don't invest too much in anything particular, and things work out. As an actor, it is easy to be so self-critical, saying to yourself, "Am I good enough? Am I good looking enough? Am I smart enough?" Yet here I am, so I am lucky.
Chris (on preparing for fame after Just My Luck): No I don't think about it. I know the Just My Luck posters are around town and if it happens, I hope I deal with it well with certain relativity, because this is not brain science we are dealing with, this is make believe. I hope I can just enjoy it.
Chris (on getting used to seeing himself on screen): I look at myself and say, "I can't believe my head's that big. Thank God my hair doesn't look like a bird's nest." I am critical of myself like everyone else. You go to a movie theatre and you are forty feet high. I had bad skin as a teenager and I am a shy person, but I think I am in the perfect business to fight my insecurities. You have to learn to love yourself and say, "I am pretty cool" instead of being so critical. You can easily fall into the trap of doing that.
Chris (when asked about being well known after Princess Diaries 2): I really don't get recognized much. But there was one experience in an airport with two kids, when the little girl said, "Princess Diaries!" and freaked out, but I still have anonymity, it's great. I go out anywhere I want, no one ever recognizes me.
Chris (when he landed the role in Just My Luck): When I got the job I thought about her a lot. Not only was I getting a great job in a really good movie, but it was with Lindsay Lohan. She is so famous and I don't have any of that.
Chris (on his outlook in life): The more you are positive and say "I want to have a good life," the more you build that reality for yourself; by creating the life that you want. It is not always the case that things will fall into your lap or that life will be great, but it is all about perspective and having a positive outlook. If something goes wrong, you say, "That happened for a reason, what can I learn from that and how can I grow?"
Chris (on what to do on a first date): I am pretty conventional, I was raised by a strict mother who said, "Be sure to open doors and say please thank you and pull up the chair." So I would take her for a great dinner with good ambience, low lighting, great food and a good bottle of wine. I like to be inquisitive and ask a lot of questions. I am not an ironic dating guy; I don't say, "Let's go bowling."
Chris (when asked if he would be attracted to himself if he were a girl): Of course, I was always so humble and shy and self critical as a kid. Now I am more confident and yeah I am a great guy, I have a lot going for me and I think anybody would be lucky to have me.
Chris (on kissing Lindsay Lohan): It could not be more artificial, but she was great and we laughed about it. It did feel awkward but we got into the rhythm of it. She was a great kisser, she has great big lips and she is gorgeous.
Chris (if he believes in luck): Yes sure, I believe in luck and fate and I believe in karma, that the energy you put out in the world comes back to meet you. So if you have positive good energy, hopefully good things will come to you from the universe.
Chris(on his role in Princess Diaries 2): I am like my character in that, I guess, I like to push buttons a little bit sometimes and maybe I go too far. My sister would certainly say that. But, yeah, I guess there's a certain… I try to be suave. It doesn't always work out. Hopefully, I'm not as arrogant.
Chris: (on his fantasy film roles) If I could've been Brando in Streetcar (Named Desire) or Brando in On the Waterfront.
Chris(on 'Jake' in Just My Luck): Everyone can relate to Jake--that part of us that's insecure, blaming the heavens for everything that doesn't go right in your life--but he's a well-meaning, nice guy. It was fun to play Jake--the physical comedy was great.
Chris: I'd love to work with P.T. Anderson. And Scorsese.
Chris(about using an English accent): Ever since I saw Sexy Beast I've been trying to get the cockney thing down.
Chris(about why he wore glasses in The Princess Diaries 2): I know, everybody has been asking that. I tried but it was so dry that winter that my eyes got really red and that doesn't look too sexy on camera. I had to take them out and just pop eye drops all the time and kind of learn how to act without seeing.
Chris: ...I like those darker, guys-with-many-colors sort of roles.