Chris Hemsworth admits his career nearly broke his marriage
THE STAR REVEALS HOW HIS ACTING CAREER NEARLY COST HIM HIS MARRIAGE
For almost seven years, Chris Hemsworth and Elsa Pataky have been a model of married bliss. But now Chris himself has given a shocking new insight into their relationship, revealing the duo’s picture-perfect image isn’t what it seems.
In his most candid interview ever, the 34-year-old actor has spoken of Elsa’s career sacrifices, explaining the pair had to fall ‘back in love’ after they spent several years living apart while he chased Hollywood stardom.
Speaking to GQ Australia, the Aussie Thor star says their marriage came under strain following the births of their daughter India, five, and three-year-old twins Tristan and Sasha. ‘My wife and I fell in love, had kids, didn’t really see each other for a few years, then fell back in love,’ he confesses.
Following the twins’ 2014 birth, Chris jumped back into work, making some of the biggest films of his career, including Avengers:
Age of Ultron, Huntsman: Winter’s War and In the Heart of the Sea.
But the hunk admits it’s been a very different story for Elsa, who has put her career on hold to look after their family in Byron Bay. ‘In terms of work, [Elsa has] certainly given up more than I have,’ he concedes. ‘She’d like me to step back and be at home with the kids more, and of course, I want that, too. But I feel like I’m at this crucial point in my career. I’ve just got to set up for longevity or I’ll slip off.’
It comes just months after Elsa also revealed their union has its ups and downs. ‘There’s lots of things that I love about him and there are some things I don’t,’ the 41-year-old stunner explained. ‘It’s the same with him [about me]. We have our things that bother each other, but most of the things we love about each other.’
Already a big star in Europe, Elsa’s career was on an upward trajectory when she first landed in LA, scoring roles in flicks like Snakes on a Plane and the Fast & Furious franchise. ‘Everything, like a dream for me, suddenly happened,’ she tells.
It’s not just top Hollywood roles that Elsa’s left behind. In Australia she’s perhaps been best known as Chris’ wife for a long time, though it’s another story back in her native Spain. ‘Elsa in Spain is like Cate Blanchett in Australia,’ says the couple’s Aussie rocker pal Bernard Fanning. ‘Pretty much everybody, no matter what age group, knows who Elsa is.’
But while the model-turned-actress has been happy to lay low for the past few years, there are signs she’s now ready to ramp up her career again, with plans to launch another health and lifestyle book after her last one reached number one in Spain. She’s also signed on as the face of L’oréal’s Botanicals Fresh Care range and recently wrapped filming on Horse Soldiers, which co-stars Chris! While Chris concedes he hasn’t always been the best hubby, he’s vowing to make things up to his wonderful wife. ‘My mum tells this story about when she
was younger and had been married to my dad for years. He’d write her an articulate and detailed letter and she said, “I remember thinking, Oh wow he loves me, which is so stupid, because I knew he loved me.” But when it was said with that much depth, it struck a different chord,’ the actor shares.
‘I don’t write [Elsa love letters], but maybe I should. There’s no shortage of how much I tell her I love her. But I guess there’s no detail in it, why or how.’ Sounds like a plan to us!
‘Once you have children, every instinct and every moment of your time is consumed by that,’ Chris admits. ‘You’ve got nothing for each other’ THOR