Chris Hemsworth on the Importance of Family: ‘I’d Rather Be With My Kids’
By Movieguide® Staff
Despite AVENGERS star Chris Hemsworth’s impressive Hollywood resume, he recently talked about how his family comes first.
Hemsworth, 39, is often touted by the media as the typical Hollywood model, who stars in some of the industry’s biggest blockbuster movies like Marvel’s THOR.
However, after a recent discovery that he has a high risk for Alzheimer’s disease, the actor said that his wife and three children are the most important part of his life.
“There [are] times when I’ve thought, ‘Wow, because having kids is more important to me, some of my roles have suffered,’” the actor told GQ Australia in 2018. “There [are] definitely a couple of films I could’ve put way more energy into but I was like, ‘No, I’d rather be with my kids.’”
“I often find myself saying it’s all for my family but in all this I definitely have personal things I need to achieve, too,” he added. “The difference is you have to open yourself up and go, ‘Well, you had kids so you forfeited a bit of that.’”
Despite a busy work schedule, Hemsworth said that he and his wife, Elsa, took parenting seriously.
“When I think about my kids, I don’t want them to miss that joy,” he said of the values they taught their children as parents. “Elsa and I talk a lot about how we instill that same appreciation and respect for things. I don’t want them to feel like they’re privileged in any way. The fact that we have money and their parents are famous, that somehow they’re special, that scares me because we grew up with no money.”
The Marvel star learned that he carries the APOE4 gene while filming LIMITLESS, a National Geographic and Disney+ docuseries he hosted last year. This gene makes him 8 to 10 times more likely to develop the neurodegenerative disorder.
Ahead of the release of EXTRACTION 2, Hemsworth hinted at taking less roles.
Fans showered their support on the actor, noting that they are praying for Hemsworth.
“Stay healthy Chris! We love you, you’re such a great actor and if it’s true you are taking a break from acting, we support you because your health comes first,” one fan wrote on Instagram.
Another wrote, “Take care of your health Sir. We’re all praying for you. Love you 3000.”
“Doing and episode on death and facing your own mortality made me go, ‘Oh, God, I’m not ready to go yet,” Hemsworth said last November. “I want to sit and be in this space with a greater sense of stillness and gratitude.”
“And then you start talking about kids and family and going, ‘Oh, my God, they’re getting older, they’re growing up and I keep slapping another movie on top of another movie,” he continued. “Before you know it, they’re 18 and they’ve moved out of the house, and I missed the window.”
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