“Thor” star Chris Hemsworth covers the March 2019 issue of Men’s Health Magazine photographed by Steven Chee.
On creating Centr: “The whole thing was about not becoming stagnant. That’s when your emotional and physical problems occur, I think. I wanted to create something that embodied the three main elements of healthy living—the movement, the nutrition, and the mindfulness—and present it in a way that’s entertaining, functional, and also accessible.”
On how he’s grown to be more comfortable in his own skin over the past decade: “I’ve stopped trying to go, “Who do I have to be? What personality do I have to shape in order to succeed?” And just going, “Truly be yourself.” And that’s when things started to change; that’s when I felt happier. The real work is, who am I?”
On the stall in his career after 2009’s Star Trek: “I was about to quit. I always wanted to act, and one of the first things I wanted to do when I got any money was pay my parents’ house off. I’d asked Dad once when he thought he’d pay it off and he said, “Honestly, probably never.” I wanted to change that. So I was super active with auditions. And then my mentality changed, which came from being at a point where I was like, “I’m going to go back to Australia.” I had one more audition where I was like, “Do this for his house. Think about reasons other than yourself.” That was for The Cabin in the Woods, and I got that job, and from there I got Red Dawn. And then I got Thor.”
On whether he feels pressure to maintain the body that made him famous: “It comes hand in hand with the roles I play, but look, occasionally you’ll see paparazzi poking out of the bushes and you’re like, “How’s my rig look? Am I on point, or have I slacked off lately?” I maintain my fitness because it makes me feel better.
On whether he’d like to still play “the superhero” at age 50 like Jason Statham and The Rock: “It’s about whether the story interests me, to be totally honest. I grew up watching the Tom Cruise model of films that are fun, entertaining, and then squeezing in a few themes that speak to different parts of yourself, your personality, or your soul.”
[Photo Credit: Steven Chee/Men’s Health Magazine]