Chris Hemsworth: How a loving, stable family kept the Marvel God from fickle Hollywood flights of fantasy
He took a small hiatus and is now enjoying being a family man
Chris Hemsworth is one of those few celebrities who could equally rock their personal and professional looks. The Australian actor offered the world of entertainment one too many roles to remember him by for many years to come, before evidently drifting towards becoming the ideal father to his daughters and the most caring husband to wife Elsa Pataky.
In an industry that prefers men with the relationship status of a bachelor, even a playboy over a family man, Chris Hemsworth put his dreams of the family before career and married Pataky only a year after being introduced to the Spanish actress by a mutual representative.
He is one of the highest-paid actors in the world who made it to Forbes’ list of World’s Highest-Paid Actors in 2014, in addition to ranking 31st in the same magazine’s Highest-Paid Celebrities list in 2018 and 24th in 2019.
However, the glamorous industry which runs high on titles, figures and numbers began to “suffocate” the ‘Thor’ actor when he realized that “every conversation that you're having and every billboard you're seeing is to do with a movie or whatever around the industry” and started to “lose perspective”.
Although it came as a shocker to the Marvel Universe fans and the rest of the world, Hemsworth decided to take a break from Hollywood and move back to his native Australia with his family in 2015.
He was so fed up with the stardom and the strain it caused in his persona life the actor once stated, “There's not a single person there [Byron Bay] that I interact with, or close friends of mine, that are really in the industry and so that's hugely refreshing, it's great for my kids and my wife.”
“I just want to stop for a while. I need to be home for a minute. Just enjoy it. It all flies by,” he said, before taking up the role of a fulltime superhero father to his beloved three children.
And, neither has he been hesitant to openly express his resentment towards a career that demanded too much from his personal life. When asked about his decision to move back to New South Wales, Australia from LA, he responded, “Moving back to Australia was a very good decision for us. There I can be with people and talk about things that have nothing to do with the film business. That's almost impossible in Los Angeles, where there's rarely a moment when you can forget that you're an actor.”
Not beating around the bush any further, Hemsworth made his priorities clear when he said, “To be honest, it was to look after my family. I love acting, but I needed to make sure I was taking care of them. I kept reminding myself of that.”
The ‘Avengers’ actor is definitely enjoying his family life in Byron Bay, surfing with little girl India, wrapping sushi rolls for his twin boys Sasha and Tristan, and dancing with wife Pataky.
Hollywood will sure miss an exceptionally good actor as Hemsworth for some time. However, living in Australia with his family has given him a chance to “be a part of a community that doesn't live and breathe that [Hollywood] world."