Like a Boss

Chris Hemsworth, face of Boss Bot­tled, talks fam­ily life and his idea of fun

The Daily Telegraph - Telegraph Magazine - - THE CUT - Stephen Doig

FOR A MAN FA­MOUS for play­ing the Norse god Thor, Chris Hemsworth is sur­pris­ingly good at dis­pelling myths. The first be­ing that, no mat­ter their larger-than-life screen per­sona, a Hol­ly­wood star will be sur­pris­ingly diminu­tive in real life. Not so Hemsworth: his pres­ence in the room as he’s un­veiled as the face of Hugo Boss’s Boss Bot­tled fra­grance at a show­case in New York is com­mand­ing; at 6ft 3in he tow­ers like a bronzed Ay­ers Rock over the scene. His pro­por­tions, and boom­ing Aus­tralianac­cented voice, are pure su­per­hero. The sec­ond myth is that ac­tors don’t like talk­ing about their pri­vate lives: Hemsworth, 34, gamely jokes about daily life with his wife and chil­dren in By­ron Bay.

‘It ’s a to­tally dif­fer­ent life there,’ he says of the de­ci­sion to re­lo­cate his fam­ily from LA in 2015. ‘It ’s all about the ocean, be­ing out­side, salt wa­ter in your hair.’ Which makes the no­tion of Hemsworth – who adds that his idea of bliss is a surf and a few beers with the boys – preen­ing be­fore the bath­room mir­ror a slightly in­con­gru­ous one.

‘I owe any sort of groom­ing regime to my wife,’ he laughs. ‘She’s the one mak­ing sure I mois­turise and put on an SPF be­cause it’s hot as hell where we live. When I’m not film­ing I’m out­doors, ex­posed to the wind and el­e­ments, so it’s im­por­tant to look af­ter my skin.’

It was his wife, Span­ish ac­tress Elsa Pataky, who had the fi­nal say in his union with Ger­man la­bel Hugo Boss and its sig­na­ture fra­grance, which launched in 1998 and is now its best­seller. ‘She’s a fan of the scent, which is the most im­por­tant thing – if she wasn’t there’s no way I would be al­lowed to wear it. I like scents that are light and sum­mery, not too over­pow­er­ing, but she gets ul­ti­mate ap­proval.’ Hap­pily, the blend of berg­amot, cin­na­mon, clove and ve­tiver passed muster.

Hemsworth – who got his big break in the soap Home and Away and played Cap­tain Kirk’s fa­ther in 2009’s Star Trek be­fore star­ring in Thor and Snow White

and the Hunts­man – was never the aca­demic sort . ‘ In school, I only cared about look­ing out of the win­dow at the trees,’ not out of any par­tic­u­lar love of green­ery, but be­cause the di­rec­tion the wind blew in would tell him what the surf would be like that day. ‘In talk­ing about scents now, it ’s funny be­cause there are cer­tain coastal plants that, when I smell them, to­tally trans­port me back to those mo­ments of run­ning down to the beach from school. It in­stantly hits me: who I was dat­ing, where my life was at that mo­ment,’ he says. ‘Cer­tain board waxes, cer­tain sun­screen too… they re­mind me of when there was just noth­ing to worry about but catch­ing that next wave.’

Life is rather more com­pli­cated now. Later this year the third film in the Thor fran­chise will be re­leased, fol­lowed next year by the new Avengers movie, in which Hemsworth also stars. De­spite be­ing a ‘board shorts and vest top’ sort of guy, he en­joys the dress-up in­volved in red-car­pet events and the struc­ture of se­ri­ous tai­lor­ing, some­thing Boss does very well. ‘If you’ve been lucky enough to have a suit fit­ted, you learn how it’s all about the tai­lor­ing and how it sits on you. It’s also im­por­tant to me be­cause of my size,’ he says. ‘I can’t re­ally fit off-ther­ack so it’s great to be able to feel good in some­thing that’s more for­mal, in­stead of [feel­ing] like I can’t move in it.’ His suit­ing reper­toire com­prises three vari­ants: ‘ Thor-build suits, in-be­tweenThor suits, and then nor­mal me.’

Out of the pin­stripes and starched shirt­ing and away from the de­mands of the film lot or press call, it ’s clear that it’s the whole­some pur­suits of his home that keep Hemsworth cen­tred. ‘Surf­ing is med­i­ta­tive for me… You can’t fret about work when you’re purely fo­cused on not drown­ing,’ he laughs. ‘ When­ever I get cranky my wife sends me off to get some waves.’ hugo­b­oss.com

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