ven as reports reveal that Chris
Hemsworth’s films have earned more than
$4 billion at the box office worldwide
and he’s joined the list of top 10 male actors
by earnings this year, he’s not above returning
to where it all began and recently appeared in
an episode of
Home and Away
– the series that
put him in the spotlight – as an extra! It’s that
sort of down-to-earth behaviour that makes his
fans love him all the more – and shows he’s not
about to lose his Aussie attitude any time soon.
Since he first shot into the stratosphere of
in 2011 Hemsworth has since
shown he also has a good sense of humour as
he has been blasted with a water gun on late
night television, parodied on the internet and
he romanced a chicken on
Saturday Night Live
And while he might be best recognised for his
series, he also has
captured the attention of some of Hollywood’s
best directors, including Ron Howard.
Hemsworth received high praise for his role
(2013), as Formula 1 racing car driver
James Hunt, directed by Howard, and the
director has signed him up again as the lead in
the upcoming film
In the Heart of the Sea
for release in November this year).
In the meantime there’s also more comedy
to come as Hemsworth has a supporting role
reboot (in cinemas 20 August)
and he’s currently filming the much talked
about female version of
, a part that
reportedly was re-written for him.
But before he can get carried away with titles
like ‘Sexiest Man Alive’ he’s got a family that
keeps his feet firmly planted in the real world.
“Look, it’s a nice acknowledgment, but at the
end of the day, my wife couldn’t care less if the
sexiest man alive takes out the garbage or me.
And my brothers make fun of me no matter
what. I guess it’s safe to say that I have enough
people around me that will keep me grounded.
It’s a good thing,” he says.
Q: How do you deal with being the ‘It boy’
in Hollywood. Do you buy into it?
To be honest, I don’t really hear about it. It’s
certainly not at home. My wife is not calling me
the new ‘It boy’. It’s more the opposite. She reads
me the riot act when I don’t do my jobs around
the house. I think it helps that I am not living in
Los Angeles. Back in Australia it’s just a different
world for me and my family. We live in a small
town, and it’s great. I love it.
Q: Why did you move back to Australia?
It was getting a little too much. My wife and I
can take the attention, but with the kids we felt it
was more appropriate to raise them in Australia.
We are so happy back here. It was the right
decision for us.
Q: Is it difficult to leave the family behind to
go to work?
Yes, it’s very hard. I spent almost four months
back home at the end of last year and it was
just wonderful. My daughter is old enough to
know when daddy is leaving and it breaks my
heart. I am having so much fun being a dad. My
daughter recently turned three and my twin boys
are 16 months old.
Q: You are known to be a pretty intense
guy. How would you describe yourself?
I get pretty obsessive. I have an all or nothing
attitude. It’s great when it’s all, but not so great
when it’s nothing. I enjoy being very disciplined.
I work well with structure. When I have time off
I don’t know what to do with myself.
Q: What kind of a dad are you?
I am a big kid myself. I like rolling around on
the floor with my kids. I hope I am a fun dad.
I want to recreate what my parents did. I want
to create a safe world for my kids and I want
them to be curious.
Q: How has being a dad changed you?
You experience a love you never experienced
before. Their safety and well-being is what
matters most now in my life. And that brings a
great sense of responsibility, which I really enjoy
by the way. Kids just make you more complete.
It surprised me that when they are upset I am
upset. The connection is amazing.
Q: Who is easier to raise, boys or a girl?
That’s a tricky question. I think girls in general
are a little easier, but I was told that might change
when they get older. I am just having a blast right
now with all of them. My daughter has her own
opinions now and everything is hers, at least she
claims it is.
At home in Byron Bay he’s a family man but away he’s an action man racing to
the top of Hollywood’s A-list. Interview by
Erwin van Steede
| BNE July/August 2015
at home and away
Age of Ultron
In the Heart of the Sea