Chris Hemsworth’s Wife Sacrificed for Him

October 4, 2017 - 6:15am

Chris Hemsworth just got real. The star graces the cover of GQ Australia's November issue and inside, he admits that his wife of six years, Elsa Pataky, made huge sacrifices so he could succeed.

“In terms of work, she’s 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,” Hemsworth, 34, confesses. “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.”

  • He admits that balancing love and career is tough, especially when kids get thrown into the mix.
  • "Once you have children, every instinct and every moment of your time is consumed by that,” he says. “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.”
  • The Thor star says he is trying to take a more active role in all areas of his life, including reaching out - sometimes literally - to the people around him. Discussing the tendency to zone into phones and away from people, Hemsworth discusses a moment on the set when he was shooting Avengers: Infinity War with the Guardians of the Galaxy cast, and no one was talking in between takes. “There was a circle of people sitting on their phones, so I was like, ‘Hey, remember when we used to talk to each other?'” Hemsworth says. “Chris Pratt gets up and goes, ‘F–k. I know, man. It’s f–ked, isn’t it?’ And he throws his phone down.”
  • Hemsworth goes on, discussing the perils of modern tech dependence. “I don’t know about you, but I find my phone gives me a fair bit of anxiety. When you get a text, the dopamine released in your brain is like a drug,” he says. “It’s the same reaction that you might have to cocaine or alcohol or whatever-when you see it, it releases something. Don’t have your phone next to your bed, for starters. Don’t take it to dinner, because you’re not giving anyone your attention anymore. Also in the past, our information sources had all sorts of ends-a newspaper comes to the end, it’s finished. You stop. A book, there’s a finishing point or there’s a chapter. But Instagram, it’s an endless feed. Facebook, it’s endless. The news is endless. This is now the danger. We don’t stop because there are no ends-there’s nothing to limit your usage and you don’t get to the bottom. That’s the problem.”