Since he burst into Hollywood in 2009’s Star Trek and then snagged the titular role in Marvel’s Thor, Chris Hemsworth has been on a roll in the entertainment industry. When he isn’t suited up as the God of Thunder, the Australian native has been in everything from Rush to the recent war film, 12 Strong.
Now, the hunky blonde is set to take a break from the spotlight, and you might be shocked to know why.
A six-month break
Though we’ll continue to see Hemsworth on the big screen, the Avengers actor is taking a six month-long break before taking on any new projects. After wrapping his latest film, Bad Times at the El Royale, which begins filming in March, Hemsworth is set to sit back and relax for a full six months.
He told Cinema Blend, “I want to be able to take the kids to school. I may even be off all year. Maybe. It’s time to just cash in and check out and surf for the rest of my life.”
He was just joking about the surfing for life bit.
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A challenging start
Hemsworth and his wife, actress Elsa Pataky, tied the knot just as the actor’s career was beginning to take off. Pataky confessed to Elle Australia that it was somewhat challenging to start their marriage that way.
She explained, “I think any time you start a family without knowing each other that much; it can be complicated. He was very young to be starting a family, and at the same time he was juggling that with his career and it was sometimes difficult, there was so much going on.”
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A family man
Despite his success and the fact that Hemsworth was constantly away working, he still did his best to be as dedicated as he could to his wife and children.
Pataky confessed, “He was always trying to be the best dad and has never failed to make me feel like his family is the most important thing to him and [going through that] is how we’ve become so strong together.”
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Getting back to his word
When Hemsworth and Pataky got married back in 2010, the couple agreed that neither one of them would be gone for more than two weeks at a time. Obviously, life and the entertainment industry came at them fast, and neither one of them were able to keep their word.
Then it became three weeks, and then it was three and a half weeks. That was brutal. I’d be walking out of the door and [the kids] would start crying, ‘Don’t go!’ I just couldn’t handle it, so I’d be like, ‘I’ll bring you back a present.’ And they’re like, ‘Oh, OK.’ Their mood changes. Now every time I come back, it’s not even like, ‘Hey, Dad,’ it’s just, ‘What did you get me?’ I see Elsa prepping them as I’m coming towards the door: ‘Make sure to tell him, “Hello, I love you,” first.’ My daughter’s bottom lip starts to quiver and she’s like, ‘Present?’
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The real reason Hemsworth is taking a break from acting is that his kiddos, daughter India and twin sons, Sasha and Tristan, are no longer too affected when he heads out to do a project.
In fact, they’ve become so used to it all that the Rush actor is getting rather concerned. He told the U.K. Times that he now finds his kids’ nonchalant attitudes towards his absences, “just as scary.”
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Making his marriage a priority
Wrangling three young children is tough on any marriage, but adding mega-fame and the stress of Hollywood into that would be even tougher. Hemsworth spoke honestly with GQ Australia about making his marriage a priority.
He said, “Once you have children, every instinct and every moment of your time is consumed by that. You’ve got nothing for each other. So, make sure you have date night even if it’s once in a blue moon because most of the time you’re just too tired and you’d actually prefer to sleep.”
Obviously, six months off of work will help the couple continue on the right track.
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A juggling act
Though he will be taking time off to relax and spend time with his family, Hemsworth will be ready to jump right back into work once his vacation is over. After all, once you get to the top, you have to work hard to stay there.
My wife and I fell in love, had kids, didn’t really see each other for a few years, then fell back in love. In terms of work, [Elsa has] certainly given up more than I have. She’d like me to step back and be at home with the kids more, and of course, I want that too. But I feel like I’m at this crucial point in my career, I’ve just got to set up for longevity or I’ll slip off.
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