Good Aussie bloke Chris Hemsworth ex­plains how fam­ily val­ues keep him grounded – and takes his shirt off!

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With his sure good looks and easy charm, Chris Hemsworth has proved him­self to be mod­ern Hol­ly­wood’s most suc­cess­ful Aussie im­port. Over a decade and a half have passed since he made his cine­matic de­but as ham­mer-wield­ing su­per­hero Thor, and in the in­ter­ven­ing years he’s re­turned to his most pop­u­lar char­ac­ter a fur­ther six times in stand-alone se­quels and as part of the multi-bil­lion­dol­lar, box of­fice-bust­ing

Avengers fran­chise.

Ap­pear­ances in mo­tor­sport biopic Rush, the Ghost­busters re­boot, and his lat­est project – noir-thriller Bad Times at the El

Royale – have cer­tainly not ham­pered his ca­reer. But even he’d agree his time in Tin­sel­town so far would’ve been very dif­fer­ent without a cer­tain blond wig and tight span­dex suit.

“I see it as a very pos­i­tive thing,” Chris

says. “Play­ing Thor has given me so much recog­ni­tion that I’m able to do a lot of other work. This has been a huge bless­ing for me and the kind of op­por­tu­nity very few ac­tors ever en­joy. It was be­cause of Thor that Ron Howard de­cided to cast me in

Rush; I love play­ing Thor and I will con­tinue to play the char­ac­ter as long as Mar­vel lets me, and they keep mak­ing those movies. I owe so much to the role and I’m eter­nally grate­ful for all the doors it’s opened for me.”

Hav­ing said that, Chris is keen to show au­di­ences that he’s “more than just the guy with mus­cles”. Along­side bring­ing th­ese ul­te­rior tal­ents to the cine­matic su­per­hero sphere – a genre all too of­ten ham­strung by its reliance on brawn over brains – the hot­tie’s reper­toire now show­cases an ac­tor equally suited to ex­plo­sive ac­tion, com­edy... any­thing.

“I’m reach­ing the point where I can do both the big su­per­hero lms as well as dra­mas and other types of sto­ries,” he says. “Rush made peo­ple take me more se­ri­ously as an ac­tor and I want to be able to con­tinue to do work like that. I only got the role in Black­hat af­ter Ron Howard showed Michael Mann the rst 45 min­utes of Rush be­fore it was even re­leased.

“The Avengers movies have given me a huge stand­ing in the busi­ness, but they’re big ac­tion lms where au­di­ences are drawn mainly to the mas­sive spec­ta­cle of it all.”

Still, a lead­ing part in of­fi­cially

the high­est-gross­ing lm fran­chise of all time is a long way from his hum­ble be­gin­nings among “dif­fer­ent cat­tle and buf­falo sta­tions in the North­ern Ter­ri­tory”. Given that both his broth­ers, Liam and Luke, have en­joyed a taste of celebrity as well, it’s un­der­stand­able that Chris places much of the credit for his suc­cesses rmly at the feet of his par­ents.

“Dad would spend a lot of time tak­ing us sur ng and play­ing foot­ball with us when we were lit­tle,” he re­calls. “My mother was also very ac­tive in our lives and I re­ally have great mem­o­ries of my child­hood. We didn’t have a lot of money, but we were a happy fam­ily and my broth­ers and I have a very strong bond between us. It was a very dif­fer­ent kind of life that most kids would ex­pe­ri­ence in a big city. It teaches you to be on your own a lot and you learn to de­velop and feed your imag­i­na­tion when you don’t have other kids to play with.”

Th­ese mem­o­ries con­tinue to in­spire him in adult­hood.

“I want to make sure that my chil­dren grow up with sim­i­lar kinds of val­ues even though their fa­ther might be bet­ter off nan­cially than some peo­ple,” he says. “I never want to spoil them. Chil­dren need to grow up with a sense of re­spon­si­bil­ity and pride in their own ac­com­plish­ments rather than hav­ing ev­ery­thing handed to them.

And though he moved to LA to be closer to Hol­ly­wood while his ca­reer was re­ally tak­ing off, this think­ing was be­hind his and wife Elsa Pataky’s move back to his roots to set­tle in the sun-drenched coastal haven of By­ron Bay, NSW. Away from the in­dus­try pres­sures and ever-present pa­parazzi State­side, Chris hopes his three kids, In­dia Rose, six, and twin sons Sasha and Tris­tan, four, will be “ex­posed to the kind of life I en­joyed so much dur­ing my child­hood”.

“I want our chil­dren to dis­cover some­thing of the beauty and vast­ness of na­ture while they grow up in Aus­tralia be­cause it gives you a dif­fer­ent per­spec­tive on life,” he ex­plains. “Trav­el­ling also forces you to be­come more adapt­able and much more self-re­liant in a lot of ways.

“I want my chil­dren to have the ex­pe­ri­ence of be­ing able to see many dif­fer­ent parts of the world and learn about dif­fer­ent cul­tures. I want them to get to know their fa­ther’s cul­ture and Elsa was very happy sup­port­ive of that. Aus­tralia is an amaz­ing place to live.”

Re­cently there’s been a surge of like­minded sil­ver screen fam­ily men – think Ryan Reynolds and coun­try­man Hugh Jack­man, for ex­am­ple. Chris’s de­vo­tion to his lit­tle brood and ac­tress wife, mean­while, also helps keep him grounded in spite of his global su­per­star sta­tus as a cape-wear­ing crime ghter – and one of the globe’s most hand­some men.

“She nds it pretty amus­ing,” he says of Elsa’s re­ac­tion to off-screen ac­co­lades such as

Peo­ple’s Sex­i­est Man Alive back in 2014. “I got brag­ging rights for 24 hours and she gave me the day off from house­hold du­ties. But then the next day Thor was back to work tak­ing out the garbage, chang­ing di­a­pers, and do­ing dishes. My par­ents re­ally de­serve the prize be­cause I didn’t do any­thing to de­serve the credit!”

As he looks to 2019, there’s a part in the new Men in Black spin-off and, yes, an­other

Avengers ick on the hori­zon. But Chris is happy bring­ing his char­ac­ter­is­tic na­tive pos­i­tiv­ity into ev­ery­thing he does be­hindthe-scenes – sure in the knowl­edge that a solid foun­da­tion at home brings greater pro­fes­sional suc­cess.

“My mother told me that as long as you love your chil­dren and take care of them prop­erly, then ev­ery­thing will be ne,” Chris says.

“I de nitely be­lieve that!”


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