Chris Hemsworth: I Had “No Empathy” For Liam’s Early Mistakes In Personal Life
Chris Hemsworth is good friends with Matt Damon and had no empathy for little brother Liam’s early mistakes in his personal life. We learn those things and quite a bit about the Thor star in a new GQ cover profile.
The Damon friendship becomes apparent when the magazine’s reporter meets Hemsworth at the home of his pal “Matt” for a bike ride excursion, only to realize once he walks into the house that it belongs to Damon. “We became friends around the time I started to work, and I’ve really benefited from watching how he handles himself,” explains Hemsworth. “Matt’s just a normal guy who has the movie-star thing figured out.”
The Australian actor has his own young children and happy family life, having given up the wild ways of his youth. He tells the outlet, “The fame, the parties, the women — I did that stuff back home, when I was on [the Aussie soap opera ‘Home and Away’].” He adds, “I got away with a lot more over there. Then I came here and sort of started over.”
He met his wife Elsa Pataky through their dialect coach, and their romance happened quickly. “We did it all backwards — agreed to get married before I actually proposed,” says Hemsworth, who’s traded partying for changing diapers. “I’m good, man. Depends on how messy it is. Sometimes you gotta give ’em a hose-down.”
Hemsworth is just as quick to grab a hammer for home repairs as he is to fight foes in Thor. But the results may vary. “I’ll go, ‘We don’t need to call anyone; I’ll do it,’ ” he says of his do-it-yourself ethos. “And I’ll do a sh*t job — like, the Homer Simpson version — and then I’ll call someone else to redo it. My desire is more powerful than my talent.”
As for his tough-guy, action hero image, the actor hopes to mix things up with future roles. “I need to do a romance, something where I’m not swinging a weapon and beating someone up,” he says. Hemsworth is appearing in the upcoming Vacation comedy remake. He tells GQ, “I haven’t been that nervous in a long time. But very quickly I realized, this is fun. There was no ego. Every day we’d be on set, laughing. I’m like, ‘Are you kidding me? Why wouldn’t I do more of this?'”
As for his famous younger brother, Hemsworth says, “I’ve watched Liam do things I did at his age, like being in relationships he shouldn’t be in, or being reckless just to prove a point. And I had no empathy. My mom had to remind me I was the same way.”
He explains, “Back when I was still on the soap, I became incredibly insecure and full of anxiety because I didn’t know if I was any good. Yet I wanted it so bad. I spent years being angsty, constantly telling people I wasn’t just part of a soap opera, that I was a real artist. And I remember [older brother] Luke sort of snapping, telling me to shut up, that he was sick of hearing it.”
Fame has taught Hemsworth a lot of things, including how to do efficient pictures with fans. “People don’t know how to use their cameras, so I end up going, ‘Here, mate, let me do it.’ So, yeah, I know how to take a selfie for that reason. Efficiency. Otherwise, I’d lose a few years of my life while people figure it out.” What do you think of what Hemsworth has to say? Check out a behind-the-scenes video from his interview and shoot below!