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Chris Hemsworth Reflects on That Time He Wanted to Quit Acting

Chris Hemsworth is showing off his muscles on the cover of Men’s Health’s March issue!

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In the new issue, Hemsworth opens up about his early Hollywood days and maintaining his hot body.

Hemsworth has become a household name over the years, but he considered quitting acting after starring in 2009’s “Star Trek.” What motivated him to continue acting? He said, “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,” he continued. “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.’”

Thanks to movies like “Thor,” audiences have had a chance to check out Hemsworth’s chiseled physique. Of the pressure to maintain his figure, Chris said, “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.”

The 35-year-old, who is married to Elsa Pataky, has become more comfortable with himself over the past 10 years. He explained, “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?'”


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