Liam Hemsworth said he got the part as Will Blakelee after things with the original actor didn't work out
During an interview with Today, which airs on Sunday, Hemsworth, 29, revealed he almost didn’t get the part as Will Blakelee in The Last Song — the role that introduced him to his now wife, 26.
“That was the first job I got [in the U.S.], and it was literally right at the end of my three-month visa,” Hemsworth, who is from Australia, explained. “They cast another kid, and it didn’t work out with him.”
That’s when he got the phone call that changed his life.
“My agent calls me like, whispering, like ‘You’ve got to go to Disney right now. It’s not working out with the other guy. You’ve got to go in and read with Miley again,’ ” Hemsworth recalled.
“I come in and everyone starts clapping like, ‘We should have gone with you first!’ ” Hemsworth said.
The Last Song, follows Ronnie Miller (Cyrus) who is sent to a Southern beach town to live with her father for the summer. There, she meets Blakelee and the two fall in love after discovering their mutual love of music.
“It’s sort of weird how it all comes together, and then 10 years later I’m here, married,” Hemsworth said.
The couple tied the knot just before Christmas on Dec. 23.
Cyrus confirmed their wedding a few days later on Instagram by sharing a number of intimate photos from their private ceremony in Franklin, Tennessee.
In the photos, Cyrus can be seen embracing Hemsworth while wearing an off-the-shoulder white gown as Hemsworth sported a tux.
Cyrus captioned the photos: “12.23.18” and “10 years later …..” On the photo of them kissing, the singer wrote: “This is probably our one – millionth kiss.”
Hemsworth also shared the same photo, writing, “My love.”
“They always wanted a small, private celebration with family and close friends and that’s what they got. Miley seems ecstatic,” a source previously told PEOPLE of the couple’s big day.
“She loves her Tennessee home and was very happy about having the ceremony there,” the source shared.
Cyrus and Hemsworth’s private wedding comes after a rocky, on-again, off-again relationship between the Last Song costars. The pair dated for years before he proposed in 2012, but the two ended their engagement and broke up a year later.
They reconnected in 2015, however, and the couple’s romance was back in full swing by summer 2016, including dinner with Hemsworth’s parents, date nights and spending holidays together.