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As a strong wo­man, you use what­ever you have to pro­tect what is im­por­tant for you.”

Pataky is hardly a preda­tory crea­ture, but she re­lates to Adrielle on a broader cul­tural level. “It ac­tu­ally sur­prises you, in a way, how much power you have as a wo­man over men,’’ she says. “The most com­pli­cated part is when you are grow­ing up. I think it takes teenagers years to un­der­stand it. At that young age, you are very in­se­cure.

“Women from the age of 30 or 35 feel more con­fi­dent be­cause they know who they are and what they can do and what they want. It’s good to see how pow­er­ful women be­come as they ma­ture. You know about the world and you have a lot of ex­pe­ri­ences; it makes you to­tally dif­fer­ent.”

Pataky is sup­port­ive of the global #Metoo and #Timesup move­ments but oc­ca­sion­ally wor­ries the pen­du­lum has be­gun to swing too far in the op­po­site di­rec­tion. “To have change, you must al­ways go to the other ex­treme, just for peo­ple to see it and have a voice. But we have to be care­ful. Be­cause I have two sons and I don’t want my sons to be scared, ei­ther.

“I feel like men are scared to speak [now] be­cause they don’t know what to say, be­cause they feel like we are go­ing to jump on them if they say the wrong thing, the wrong word – even to just talk about the sub­ject.

“And they should talk. They are our hus­bands and the fa­thers of our chil­dren. We need to be on the same page.”

ataky de­scribes her adopted lo­cale of By­ron Bay as pretty much her dream home.

“I grew up in a big city, sur­rounded by cars and pol­lu­tion. I al­ways wanted to be in a place that was sur­rounded by na­ture,” she says. “Chris is the same. He grew up be­ing close to the ocean. It was im­por­tant for us to give this to our kids and to be able to en­joy it, too.”

The cou­ple has em­braced free-range par­ent­ing – ev­ery now and then Hemsworth posts an im­age of one of his kids’ more out­ra­geous stunts on In­sta­gram. (There’s a great video of one of the twins freeclimb­ing up the face of the fam­ily fridge to reach some choco­late.)

Re­cently, Pataky posted an im­age of one of the twins sport­ing a brand-new cast. “He snapped two bones in his wrist,” she sighs. “It was pretty tough, but kids are al­ways break­ing bones and they heal so eas­ily. Per­haps the mums suf­fer more than they do.”

Pataky ac­knowl­edges that her chil­dren are prob­a­bly a lit­tle more feral than their city coun­ter­parts. “To be able to run around, to be free, gives them such con­fi­dence. When I come to the city, or we travel, I see them as wild kids in a way. But I love it. It’s who they are. They are not used to [traf­fic] – ev­ery­thing in the city scares them – but they are not afraid of big spi­ders or big lizards.”

Nor is Pataky, for that mat­ter. Un­like most im­mi­grants, Aus­tralia’s deadly wildlife doesn’t in­tim­i­date her. “I have al­ways liked an­i­mals, been at­tracted to them, like my daugh­ter is now. She’s an an­i­mal whis­perer.” Adrielle Cuth­bert is not Pataky’s first vil­lain. “My first big role in Spain [in Al Salir de Clase, a Euro­pean ver­sion of Bev­erly Hills, 90210] was pretty mean. I was young at the time and in the be­gin­ning it was hard for me to feel that peo­ple didn’t ac­tu­ally like me. I would go out on my own and they would be hat­ing on me. I was like, ‘I am not that per­son!’ But over time, I learnt to make peace with it be­cause vil­lains are fun to play.” It fol­lows that given his close and on­go­ing as­so­ci­a­tion with Thor, Hemsworth must be very much ac­cus­tomed to the re­verse re­ac­tion. “Ex­actly!” Pataky says. “It must be really cool hav­ing all that love from young kids, to be such an in­spi­ra­tion.” But even Thor for­gets to put out the garbage from time to time. Or treks huge, muddy foot­prints all through the house. “To­tally. There are a lot of jokes about it with friends and fam­ily, for sure,” his wife grins. And it turns out Norse gods also have their blind spots – with Hemsworth, it hap­pens to be lan­guages. The cou­ple’s three chil­dren are all bilin­gual. “I speak with them all the time in Span­ish,” Pataky says. “In the be­gin­ning, it didn’t make sense to them. There was no use for it. But when we started trav­el­ling to Spain, and they saw that it was dif­fi­cult to com­mu­ni­cate with­out it, they got more in­ter­ested.

“Chris is al­ways find­ing ex­cuses: ‘ I have to study this ac­cent or that ac­cent.’ He needs to make an ef­fort if he wants to un­der­stand be­cause, at the mo­ment, he doesn’t. It’s like our lit­tle se­cret.”

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