Home is where the heart is, especially for Chris Hemsworth.
The Thor actor may be one of America’s leading (and best looking) stars, but Hemsworth’s decision to move his family back to his native Australia was all a selfless intention to focus completely on raising children – and less on his career.
“It’s no longer all about me, which is quite refreshing,” Hemsworth, 32, says in the latest issue of Modern Luxury. “Acting is the most self-absorbed world, where you are thinking about your feelings…You are constantly having to self-analyze or analyze a character you are playing, so you are internalizing and thinking, thinking, thinking about me… It’s just a horrible, noisy conversation. Once the kids arrived, I was like, ‘Wow, this is what life is about.'”
Hemsworth is a father to three young children – India Rose, 3, and twins Tristan and Sasha, 2 – with his wife of six years Elsa Pataky, and living a fast-paced life in a large city, such as Los Angeles, is not the way he pictured raising a family.
“L.A. is a tough place to get around with kids,” he says. “There’s not a whole lot of foot traffic. It was all about loading up the car and car seats. Here, we just walk out the door and head to the beach down the street. It’s a much more simple life.”
He adds of living in Los Angeles, “We were living shoulder to shoulder in the suburbs and thought that’s not how we want our kids to grow up. Moving to a kind of farm setup back here on the coast in Australia has been the best thing.”
While Hemsworth is not at all looking to end his career in Hollywood, he’s simply looking for a little breather.
“I love what I do as an actor, but when you are surrounded by it constantly, it becomes a bit suffocating,” he says. “It’s nice to have conversations with people and be a part of a community that doesn’t live and breathe that world.”