It's hard to keep Chris Hemsworth off the front pages these days. With his talent becoming widely recognized and landing him more and more of those leading Hollywood roles. He seems to be rising through the ranks of fame before our very eyes, with an impressive and ever growing filmography including Thor (2011 & 2013), The Avengers (2012 & 2015), Rush (2013), and upcoming movies In the Heart of the Sea (2015) and Ghostbusters (2016).
And of course, let's not forget to mention that he looks like this...
From Down Under to Hollywood
With an intimidating number of blockbusters already under his belt, it's hard to imagine, but Hemsworth wasn't always in Hollywood's limelight. Raised by his family in Melbourne, the then 18-year-old actor landed a role on Home and Away, the long-running Australian soap opera, having had very little in the way of formal training.
He spent the next three and a half years playing the troubled and terribly attractive surfer - Kim Hyde!
The show that boasts a star-studded history of cast members including Heath Ledger, Guy Pearce, Naomi Watts and Dannii Minogue, provided an invaluable opportunity for Hemsworth to grow and develop as an actor while working.
The middle child of three brothers, all of whom are actors, was a great support and motivation:
“Luke started acting. I followed his path, and then Liam followed mine. We’re lucky. We’re all there to help each other, give each other perspective, give each other the right amount of slapping as well.”
Time to Crack Hollywood
In 2007, Hemsworth headed for L.A. like many young actors, with dreams of making it onto the silver screens of Hollywood.
Although he was fortunate in landing the small role of George Kirk in the blockbuster Star Trek (2009), Hemsworth admits:
“There were eight months where just everything stopped. I got more and more anxious. I was about to pack it in. I had an audition before Christmas, and as I got on the plane, I thought, ‘I don’t give a s--t anymore. I’m sick of caring.”
Hemsworth's golden ticket into the Thor franchise came in the form of director Joss Whedon, who had cast the actor in horror movie The Cabin in the Woods (2012) (directed by Goddard, produced by Whedon, written by both).
“I had an audition with Ken [Branagh, for Thor] that didn’t go very well. I remember walking out thinking, Oh well, there goes that opportunity. Then one day Joss and Drew were reading the trades, and on the front was the final four for Thor. And they pointed to Liam and said, ‘Hey, is that your brother?’ And I said, ‘Yeah.’ And they said, ‘Why the hell aren’t you in the mix?’ And I said, ‘I didn’t get a callback.’ And they were like, ‘This is crazy.’ And I was like, ‘If one of us gets it, that’s cool.’ And they were like, ‘No way. That should be you.’ And when casting opened back up, Joss called Ken and said, ‘Give Chris another shot.’ ”
The rest is History. Thor and The Avengers were both hugely successful multi-movie franchises that propelled Hemsworth up the rungs of stardom in what seemed to be overnight.
In a recent interview with Vanity Fair the Aussie heartthrob talked about the billboard lined streets of sunset strip and the effect it had on his life:
“You just kind of lose touch with reality a bit here; you drive down the street and you’re constantly reminded of everything you’re either involved in or not involved in. It’s exhausting.”
The husband and father of three recently moved his family from Malibu to Australia’s Byron Bay in order to break away from the insanity of the L.A. celebrity life. He wanted to avoid becoming too immersed in an industry that is “set up to turn you into a complete narcissist.”
It is this very type of grounded thinking that we have come to love about this modest and laid-back superstar.
The Norse God of Thunder from Down Under can do no wrong as far as we're concerned, so here's hoping we can make it just a few more weeks to see him (hopefully partially nude) in his upcoming movie In The Heart of The Sea due in theaters December 11.
Check out the trailer below!