Celebrity Then And Now
Publication: Albany Daily News. Posted by Lexi Schwartz
Celebrity Then And Now
Posted by Lexi Schwartz
Thor and Avengers Series
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2000s - Present
August 11, 1983
Thor and Avengers Series
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“I feel like I’m ready for any dangerous situation that might come my way, provided I have a hammer on me.” Hailing from the Land Down Under, Chris Hemsworth launched his acting career in the new millennium on the Australian television series Home and Away (2004-2007). He eventually made his way to Hollywood where he joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Thor in Thor (2011), The Avengers (2012), Thor: The Dark World (2013), and many others. Also known for his work in Ghostbusters (2016) and Men in Black: International (2019), let’s take a look at the 35-year-old’s journey from Australia to America!
1980s to Stardom
The middle of three sons born to a teacher and social services counselor, Christopher Hemsworth came into this world on August 11, 1983, in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. He was raised in the Australian Outback and attended Heathmont College high school “My earliest memories were on the cattle stations up in the Outback, and then we moved back to Melbourne and then back out there and then back again,” Hemsworth recalled. “Certainly most of my childhood was in Melbourne but probably my most vivid memories were up there in Bulman with crocodiles and buffalo. Very different walks of life.”
Hemsworth graduated from high school in 2001 and set his sights on launching his acting career. He landed his first role as King Arthur in Guinevere Jones (2002) and then snagged minor roles in Neighbours (2002), Marshall Law (2003), The Saddle Club (2003), and Fergus McPhail (2004). “A big reason I started acting was because I loved film and TV, but it was like we had no money,” he said of his early career and plans to provide for his family. “I almost put too much pressure on myself. If I hadn’t taken it upon myself to take care of my family, I might have been more relaxed.”
Hemsworth caught his first break on television in the Australian series Home and Away (2004-2007). After three seasons on the show, he made his way to Hollywood but grew frustrated when he didn’t land any work. “I remember I had an audition right before Christmas one year, where things were not going good,” he recalled. “I’d stopped getting callbacks and I was getting the worst feedback. I thought, ‘God, why did I do this?’”
Fortunately, Hemsworth stuck with it and made a minor appearance as James T. Kirk’s father in the opening scenes of Star Trek (2009). He landed a role in A Perfect Getaway (2009) and Ca$h (2010), both of which earned him critical praise. Then, in 2011, he caught a huge break when he was cast as the leading superhero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Thor (2011). Packing on 20 pounds of muscle for the role, Hemsworth stunned audiences with his performance and reprised his role in The Avengers (2012) and Thor: The Dark World (2013).
“There’s a mentor element with (Robert) Downey Jr.,” Hemsworth said of his Marvel costars. “There’s an incredible friendship with Scarlett (Johansson), Jeremy Renner, and Mark Ruffalo. With Chris Evans, I have a real brotherly bond. I think they wouldn’t pair us up on the press tour because we would just spend the whole time screwing around and none of it is on topic.”
Settling into Fame
Following his incredible success as Thor, Hemsworth starred in The Cabin in the Woods (2012), Snow White and the Huntsman (2012), and Rush (2013). He was named the “Sexiest Man Alive” by People magazine and then turned his attention to Blackhat (2015), which was a flop at the box office. “I didn’t enjoy what I did in the film,” Hemsworth admitted. “It just felt flat, and it was also an attempt to do what I thought people might have wanted to see. But I don’t think I’m good in that space.”
Hemsworth redeemed himself in The Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) and starred as Eric the Huntsman in The Huntsman: Winter’s War (2016) before he joined the cast of Ghostbusters (2016). “The night before I was shooting, I almost pulled out,” he said of Ghostbusters and his part as Kevin the receptionist. “Three or four weeks prior, Paul Feig said to me, ‘I’m going to write up the character. Don’t worry.’ And then I got the script, and nothing had changed.” Feig wanted Hemsworth to improvise. “I was really scared walking onto that set,” he said. “I had no real plan, so I was just feeding off of them, and I just felt ridiculous. So, I used that.” Luckily, his performance was spot-on.
Hemsworth reprised his role as Thor in Thor: Ragnarok (2017), Avengers: Infinity War (2018), and Avengers: Endgame (2019). He also joined the Men in Black spinoff series, Men in Black: International in 2019. Surprisingly, he turned down the role of George Kirk in the rebooted Star Trek film series. “I didn’t feel like we landed on a reason to revisit that yet,” he said of the script. “I didn’t want to be underwhelmed by what I was going to bring to the table.”
While fans won’t see him in Star Trek anytime soon, the 35-year-old’s name has been circling the James Bond franchise after Daniel Craig retires. However, Hemsworth isn’t making any promises, at least not yet. “My vote would be Idris Elba. I think he’d give it a different sort of swagger, too, and each time someone new comes into the role, I think you’ve got to offer up something different,” he says. So, what does Hemsworth hope for the future? He’s looking to play Thor for a little while longer. “I’d still love to do more, to be honest,” he says. “And I don’t know what the plan is. I feel like we’ve opened up such a different character. I feel more energized for the possibility of where it could go… But I’ll use that in other places and other characters if it’s the end here.”
Outside of playing Thor and joining the Men in Black spinoff series, Hemsworth remains one of Hollywood’s hottest stars, but back off ladies, he’s taken. When he isn’t working, Hemsworth spends his free time at home with his wife, Spanish actress Elsa Pataky, whom he met and married in 2010. They welcomed their daughter into the world in May 2012 followed by twin boys in March 2014. In 2015, Hemsworth moved his family from the glitz and glamor of Hollywood to his native Australia!