Actor Chris Hemsworth might best be known for his role in the Thor movies, but prior to becoming the “Norse god of thunder”, the now 35-year-old Australian was just a struggling guy with big dreams. Unlike some other people who might give up on their goals, though, Hemsworth didn’t allow anything to get in his way of reaching stardom — even if he didn’t have the cash in his bank account to keep trying.
Talking to Variety, Chris Hemsworth admitted that he was “running out of money” and even questioned why he started acting in the first place, opening up about the grind it took him to reach the level he’s at now. As difficult as times were for him, he had on main inspiration to succeed — his parents. Here’s what Hemsworth had to say about continuing to push himself until he got noticed.
He told the outlet he was driven by a desire to help his parents financially. “I wanted to pay off their house, initially,” the “Men in Black: International” actor said. “That was my sort of thing.”
However, he added that the strain of his goal may have hurt his chances in the audition room by making him more tense.
“I almost put too much pressure on myself,” he said. “If I hadn’t taken it upon myself to take care of my family, I might have been more relaxed.”
Chris Hemsworth did have a recurring role on “Home and Away” from 2004-07, an Australian soap opera, but he continued to get turned down for bigger roles in Hollywood. Two of the movies the actor specifically remembers missing out on includes 2009s G.I. Joe: The Rise of the Cobra and the role as Gambit in the Wolverine X-Men flicks, but he refused to let the rejection get him down.
“At the time, I was upset,” Hemsworth said. “I was running out of money. But if I played either of those characters, I wouldn’t have been able to play Thor.”
Once he landed the Thor role in 2011, which has since been reprised in six more Marvel films, Hemsworth was worried about being typecast in the seriousness of the character. But that all changed in 2017 with director Taika Waititi’s Thor: Ragnarok, which showed a more humorous and carefree version of the character.
“I felt like I was typecast by whoever was writing those scripts,” Hemsworth said. “I feel like the creators were stuck on where they could take the character and was this all he had to offer? I felt there was so much more we could do.”
With Chris Hemsworth solidifying himself as an A-lister in Hollywood, and having a huge character like Thor to hold down, it’ll be interesting to see how he and Marvel films adapts the role. It’s something he’s open to experimenting with.
His character’s transformation from muscular Asgardian to a potbellied has-been in “Avengers: Endgame” has “energized” the actor toward the possibility of wielding Thor’s hammer once again, he said.
“I’d still love to do more, to be honest,” Hemsworth said. “And I don’t know what the plan is. I feel like we’ve opened up such a different character. I feel more energized for the possibility of where it could go.”
Fans will have to wait and see about that, but, for now, it’s inspiring to see how Chris Hemsworth overcame so many failures and even self-doubt to reach his goals. That’s some god-like ability right there.