Chris Hemsworth is also promoting Avengers Assemble, although with less impact and sound-bitable verve than co-stars Chris Evans (talking about losing his virginity in Details and in Playboy) and Scarlett Johansson (admitting she’s the boobs of the “sausagefest” movie).
Hemsworth gives an interesting-enough interview, although among the interviewers footnotes are asides about the Australian being altogether too manly to stoop to gossiping about other people or about himself.
Speaking of which, a favourite aside, the interviewer notes of the 28-year-old who’s expecting his first child soon with actress wife Elsa Pataky: “As Chris speaks in a North London photo studio… it’s apparent, five minutes into talking to him, that he’s possibly the straightest man alive. From his boot-cut, distressed denim and his deep voice to his shoulder-length hair, he has a butch construction-worker vibe even with a ponytail… His ego is in direct in verse to his musculature. He is a man’s man with enough sensitivity to appeal to the girls and gays.”
This functions as something of a profile, which is probably why it’s so heavy on lede and exposition. In brief: Hemsworth struggled to become an actor after leaving the relative-security of his native Australia and the steady work on soap Home & Away. Struggling to make ends meet, he earned money as a grown man babysitter for his manager’s kids. After which he played Kirk’s dad for five-minutes followed by a lull. Before he could concede to defeat, he landed the role in Cabin In The Woods after which auteur Joss Whedon became a fan. So we get to stare at Hemsworth shirtless some more. And he can stay working in America in direct competition with younger brother Liam Hemsworth (who started out on competing Australian soap Neighbours, is now in The Hunger Games, and is dating Miley Cyrus).
The older Hemsworth is also given a chance to address whether he’s coasting on his looks, to which he gives a charming and sincere answer. Whereas his younger brother was written off as a dim, pretty dilettante in Details March 2012 without much opportunity to respond.
On whether his large size as Thor may result in typecasting: “Being that size, you are very quickly stereotyped. Clearly, you can’t be talented if you’re that bulky. He’s going to be a meathead, you know? You do wonder if you’ll be restricted and not allowed to do anything else. But what it gives you far outweighs those negatives. Kenneth Branagh, Natalie Portman, Anthony Hopkins, this was not your average blockbuster superhero thing.”
On listening to the Charming Potato: “Channing [Tatum] made a good point about audiences these days having ADHD. You can’t keep away for too long. Stars are pumped out. We live in a different age. The movie is a lot bigger than the star. There are plenty of guys you can throw into action roles, but you have to capitalize on it.”
On whether he and wife Elsa Pataky planned their baby: “Er, yes and no. I have to be elusive about that.”
On his fame, a decade in the making after working on Australian soap Home & Away: “I’d love to say it’s all about hard work, and, yes, that’s a component, but I know so many actors who are hard workers who it’s just not happening for. I’m not about to complain… All this was mostly luck.”
On Home & Away, specifically, which also boasts Russell Crowe, Heath Ledger, Melissa George, Guy Pearce, Isla Fisher, and True Blood’s Ryan Kwanten as former cast members: “I had done a lot of nothing [but] I was able to make mistakes, and no one gave a s**t about me. You come to America, and, if you do a big TV show, then you can be overexposed, or old, before you’re new. You get the positives from an Australian soap without the negatives.”
On whether he’s coasting on his looks:“It’s so easy to sound fake sincere when you talk about looks or whatever, but I never thought, Oh yeah, great, I look like this, therefore I ought to get that. We all have the same insecurities.”
On brother Liam Hemsworth’s fame: “I’m reminded, now that my little brother’s working a lot, how much more interesting he is…So I give him a punch when I see him.” - via OUT Magazine.