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Chris Evans praises his 10-year-old costar in this new ‘Gifted’ featurette

Actress Mckenna Grace attended Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" premiere in Los Angeles earlier this month.Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

In the upcoming film “Gifted,” Sudbury native Chris Evans plays Frank Adler, a Florida mechanic who’s the guardian of his niece, Mary, a child genius.

In a new “Gifted” featurette released Wednesday, it’s clear that Evans has a bit of paternal affection for the young actress who plays Mary, Mckenna Grace.

In the video, Mckenna mentions how nice it was to be treated like an adult by Evans.

“I love Chris so much,” Mckenna says. “He treats me more like a friend.”

Evans seems equally impressed by his costar.

“She really just has a life to her that I think is infectious,” Evans says of Mckenna.

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And while the young actress may not be able to solve advanced calculus equations like her character, she’s nevertheless quite eloquent for a 10-year-old. When discussing the crux of the film, which involves a custody battle over Mary between Evans’s character and his mother (played by Lindsay Duncan), Mckenna had some impressive thoughts on the definition of family.

“I think family is the people that you love,” Mckenna says, seated next to a smiling Evans. “You may have one mom or one dad, or two moms or two dads, or even just live with your uncle like Mary does. But as long as you love them and love where you are with them, I think that’s family.”

“You kidding me?” Evans interjects, raising his eyebrows to the camera, impressed with his costar’s erudite response.

“Gifted” hits theaters nationwide April 7.