Chris Hemsworth in OUT - Of Gods & Men
A year after arriving in America, Australia-born Chris Hemsworth contemplated leaving his dream behind and returning home. The actor, who appeared briefly in as Captain Kirk’s father in the 2009 Star Trek reboot, paid his rent by babysitting his manager’s kids. Then, across a casting crowd, he was spotted by Joss Whedon and his whole world changed. The May 2012 OUT cover boy spoke with writer Paul Flynn about leading a new Hollywood Frat Pack, growing up the middle child of three uber-masculine brothers, and now sharing the Hollywood spotlight with his younger brother, Liam.
“All this was mostly luck,” Hemsworth tells OUT of his career. But the 28-year-old, who has become 2012’s poster-boy for Hollywood masculinity and will star in two summer blockbusters, The Avengers and Snow White and the Huntsman, remains humble at mention of his at any mention of his physical advantage. “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.”
In fact, Hemsworth admits, “My mum always used to say to me that, out of her three boys, ‘Chris, you were the girl,’” Hemsworth remembers. “I’d speak to her about far more things than [my brothers] would and far more things than she needed to hear about, too. I was a chatty kid.”
After breaking out on the Australian soap opera Home and Away, which also launched the careers of Russell Crowe, Heath Ledger, Guy Pearce, and Ryan Kwanten, Hemsworth found Hollywood much less forgiving. Despite having three years of grueling daily acting experience, he says, “I had done a whole lot of nothing.” He continues, “You come to America, and, if you do a big TV show, then you can be overexposed, or old, before you’re new.”
As Hemsworth gears up for his summer blockbusters, he’s anything but old. The same goes for his younger brother, Liam, who recently joined Chris in Hollywood and is starring in a blockbuster of his own, The Hunger Games. “I’m reminded, now that my little brother’s working a lot, how much more interesting he is,” he says. “So I give him a punch when I see him.”
Read the full Chris Hemsworth cover story now at OUT.com.
Also in the May Issue
The Power 50 — From the CEO of the world’s most valuable company to the leader of a political foundation fighting (and succeeding!) to win sam-sex marriage rights through state legislatures, OUT’s sixth annual survey of the most influential gay men and women in America.
Queer to the Core — Gay punk comes out with a vengeance. An oral history of the movement that changed the world (whether you knew it or not).
Crossing Over — Jonathan Galassi too k a long time to come to terms with being gay. A volume of heart-wrenching poems charts his journey.