“Thor” Star Chris Hemsworth for Men’s Health Magazine

Posted on January 31, 2019

“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]

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