There’s no keeping local talent Liam Hemsworth out of the headlines.
With his film The Dressmaker recently cracking $20 million at the Australian box office and his renewed relationship with former (and according to sources, current) fiancé Miley Cyrus, it seems no matter how much the grounded Victorian prefers to keep a low profile, it may be increasingly difficult as time goes on.
Here are seven things we discovered about the Australian actor.
1. He’s super tight with his family and counts their support as a major factor in his self of being grounded.
“I come from a really, really tight family and I think as long as I have got that in my life, I will always be me,” he says.
“I am so fortunate to have come from parents that always gave me the support to do what I wanted to do. I had such a great home life. This past week, being down at Phillip Island has been a huge reminder of how much I really miss family life when my brothers still lived at home and we were all together all the time. It’s hard at the time to realise how great it is, but looking back on it, I just feel so fortunate.”
2. He had a very humble upbringing.
Born in Victoria, Liam spent his very early years in the outback community Bulman, Arnhem Land (three hundred kilometres north east of Katherine). One of only two white families in the Aboriginal town, the Hemsworths started off catching buffalo and fixing fences and ended up running the community centre, which also doubled as the post office and grocery store.
3. He’s a proud ambassador for the Australian Childhood Foundation (ACF), along with brother Chris.
“My dad worked for child protection and human services for my whole life and is now retired, but still works for the ACF with Chris and I,” he told us. “Having come from such a great home life and having such great parents, we all feel strongly about helping kids have that same home life and have the support from a family to dream big.”
4. Liam was originally shortlisted for the role of Thor… but brother Chris beat him to it.
“Everyone is like, ‘Oh you’ve got a rivalry with your brothers’ and I’m like, ‘Not at all’ and then sometimes I’m like, ‘Yes, we do fight constantly and we are really jealous of each other’s success,’” he laughs.
With both older brothers Luke and Chris also in the acting field, Liam naturally felt drawn to it.
Their similar career paths crossed in a major way when, after being chosen amongst three other actors as the final choices for the prominent role of Thor, Liam was eventually beat out by his brother Chris, who wasn’t even initially considered.
But Liam’s insists the competition is healthy between the brothers.
“Being the youngest, I always looked up to them and wanted to do whatever they were doing. And then I followed them into acting,” he says.
5. He’s done a fair few jobs before acting.
“I did so many jobs,” he told Vanity Fair. “I lived on a tiny island and I must’ve done every job you can do on that island.”
And odd labouring jobs for friend’s dad’s was only the beginning.
“I worked at a bakery… I worked at a bowling alley for a little while, I worked at a nature park as a park ranger and would tell people where to sit in this place called the Penguin Parade,” he revealed. “I feel thankful that I was able to do those kinds of jobs before going into something like this where you get spoilt.”
6. He surfed competitively until he was 18.
“Surfing’s my favourite thing to do in the world. I’d rather do that than anything. If I could travel around the world and surf for a living, I would.”
Unsurprisingly, although he surfs in LA, he prefers the uncrowded breaks at home in Australia.
“It constantly blows my mind when I turn up at the beach and, you know, there’s a two-foot surf and about a million people out there. That just wouldn’t happen where I grew up. We always had consistent swells, but about one-seventieth the crowd.”
7. He went vegan last year.
Like his fiancé Miley Cyrus, Liam is a passionate animal lover and this was a major factor in his decision to cut meat from his diet.
“After all the information I gathered about the mistreatment of animals, I couldn’t continue to eat meat. The more I was aware of, the harder and harder it was to do.”