The Post-Modern Hunk Actor Chris Hemsworth for GQ US September 2018
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Written by Lauren Larson, discovers how Chris Hemsworth threw out the old macho playbook and became a new kind of leading man.
“Badass, Feminist Hero, Super Dad”
The other dads had dressed to move, but Hemsworth was wearing jeans and boots.
There was a big crowd. Hours before, having watched his daughter’s events—the egg-and-spoon race, the 100-meter and the 200-meter dash—he offered his 6-year-old some fatherly wisdom: “I was like, ‘It’s great, honey. It’s not about winning.’ ”
The private lives of action stars tend to disappoint, action-wise. The superhero costume is replaced by swim trunks and flip-flops.
The mighty hammer is abandoned for the beer. But when the stakes get truly high, Chris Hemsworth can unleash the Thor within.
Such was the scenario on field day recently at his daughter’s school, as Hemsworth and a slew of other fathers prepared for the “dads race.”
They assembled like young maidens ready to catch the bouquet at a wedding—all feigning disinterest, all ready to kill for victory.
About Chris beginnings
“I really do feel a sense of ease for the first time in years,” Hemsworth says. “I don’t say that as an assessment of my achievements. I’m just telling you I’m content with what’s going on.”
Gone are those old uncertainties—the occasional feeling that he was a passive player in his own career.
Gone, too, are the old assumptions about what it might take for him to thrive. “I came into Hollywood thinking I had to be Russell Crowe. I loved his performances, and because of my physicality and my size, that was the obvious choice. I think I was aware that it could kind of get me in the door,” Hemsworth says. “But it wasn’t me.”