Born in Melbourne, Australia, Chris Hemsworth got his start in acting after attending college and playing minor roles in television shows within his home country. He made a name for himself there when he was in his early 20s, after becoming a regular on the Australian soap opera Home and Away for three seasons. In 2007, he took his experience and headed to the U.S. to continue his acting career. Two years later he appeared in a small part on the American silver screen in the movie Star Trek, which then led to an audition for the lead in the popular film Thor.
Hemsworth has always had a healthy competition with his brothers, fellow actors Liam and Luke, and auditions for the role of Thor proved no different when he and Liam were both considered for the lead part. In the end, he beat out his brother and five others for the role of the Norse god, which elevated him to A-list status. He went on to act the part of Thor in three other movies within the Avengers series and from there his career escalated: he starred in the blockbuster Snow White and the Huntsman, appeared in Star Trek Into Darkness and teamed up with the famous director Ron Howard for Rush and In the Heart of the Sea.
It was through his talent agent that Hemsworth met his wife, Spanish actress Elsa Pataky, known for her roles in Fast Five and Snakes on a Plane. The two have been married since 2010 and have one daughter together. As soon as she was born, Hemsworth said that the moment his baby girl was old enough to walk he would teach her his favorite sport: surfing. He spends a lot of his spare time surfing, often enjoying his holidays being active at the beach with his entire family. In addition to regular surfing, he also boxes, practices Muay Thai and plays Australian Rules Football—a sport that resembles a combination of soccer and rugby.
In order to build body weight and dense muscle that will show onscreen for the superhero-type roles that he plays, Hemsworth trains with a former Navy SEAL and lifts weights often. Repetitive bench presses, sit ups, pushups and dumbbell lifts all factor into his strenuous routine. He also takes in a constant amount of protein sources, including red meat and shakes, vegetables and fruit, and gets plenty of rest. A typical day at the gym includes varying weights, reps and speed to keep his muscle-building consistent and even.
Prior to his current training, Hemsworth did not have a lot of experience with weights and kettlebells, but now believes that they are “a great way to build functional strength.” While he admits that training to look like a powerful hero for his films can be hard work, he also says he is very lucky because “being a superhero is a lot fun.”