Chris Hemsworth covers Vanity Fair, says he ‘lost touch with reality’ in LA

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If you want to feel like bashing your head against a wall, I double-dog dare you to attempt to get through Chris Hemsworth’s Vanity Fair cover story. The piece is written by Lili Anolik and at some point, I wanted to scream “oh for the love of God, just ask him if he’ll have sex with you!!!!” Like, the whole thing is about how he looks and how he’s incredibly sexy, to the point where it feels like she didn’t ask him any questions. Like, she only sat there and stared at him longingly. Maybe I’m just not feeling it because I’ve never been like “ROWR” for Chris Hemsworth. Hemsworth covers the newest issue of Vanity Fair because he’s promoting In the Heart of the Sea, the big-whale story. Some highlights from the piece:

His three-year stint on Aussie soap opera Home and Away: “It was a great place to get caught up in that sort of thing [i.e., teen-idol-dom] because no one really gave a sh-t, because it was just a soap opera and cell-phone cameras weren’t as popular.”

How Thor happened: “I had an audition with Ken [Branagh, for Thor] that didn’t go very well. I remember walking out thinking, Oh well, there goes that opportunity. Then one day Joss Whedon and Drew were reading the trades, and on the front was the final four for Thor. And they pointed to Liam and said, ‘Hey, is that your brother?’ And I said, ‘Yeah.’ And they said, ‘Why the hell aren’t you in the mix?’ And I said, ‘I didn’t get a callback.’ And they were like, ‘This is crazy.’ And I was like, ‘If one of us gets it, that’s cool.’ And they were like, ‘No way. That should be you.’ And when casting opened back up, Joss called Ken and said, ‘Give Chris another shot.’ ”

He worried about failing as Thor: “When something costs $150 million and it doesn’t work, it’s your face, it’s your fault. And the character has fans. Are they still a fan or did you just make them never want to read the comic again?”

On LA: “[It will] set up to turn you into a complete narcissist…You just kind of lose touch with reality a bit here. You drive down the street and you’re constantly reminded of everything you’re either involved in or not involved in. It’s exhausting.”

Complaining about the paparazzi: “But I’m not complaining!,” a sentence he uttered so often it became a kind of refrain. Then he laughed. “What was it that Jennifer Lawrence said? ‘I know everyone says you’re not supposed to complain about the paparazzi. Well, I don’t give a sh-t. I’m f–king complaining!’ ” He cut off his laugh to sigh. “But she can get away with that.”

Working on non-Marvel projects: “Being part of a franchise like The Avengers is the dream scenario. I’ve got this thing that’s going to keep me relevant, and I can still explore other things in between, do a few films no one cares about.”

[From Vanity Fair]

I do believe that the paparazzi bother him and I also believe that the LA echo chamber was a big reason why he relocated his family back to Australia on a semi-permanent basis. The only thing is… he should talk to his wife about all of that. Elsa Pataky was and still is very thirsty. She’s the one posting intimate family photos on her Instagram. She was the one setting up a lot of those pap strolls in LA. I’ve always wondered if Chris sort of wanted to move his family to Australia so that he could keep Elsa away from the famewhore temptations.

Oh, and some of these VF photos really are pretty. Too bad he looks like Scott Eastwood on the cover.



Photos courtesy of Vanity Fair.

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  1. Bae says:

    He has the tiniest eyes, doesn’t he? I don’t find any of the Hemwsworths hot, but Liam is a bit more attractive.

    And you’re not supposed to complain about the paparazzi. Cry me a river you millionaire.

  2. InvaderTak says:

    Is she the one that did the equally embarrassing. Chris Evans one?

  3. antipodean says:

    If life is so difficult for this wooden lunk head, he should just take his thirsty wife and go and live on Bondi and STFU. The world will manage to continue to turn without him. I think you are on to something with maybe wanting to keep her indoors out of the spotlight. Ask Adrien Brody about that!

  4. mia girl says:

    Wow, that cover is so budget.
    “Happy Hunkidays!”? That’s just bad.

  5. Lilacflowers says:

    Cats! Chris Hemsworth has cats!

  6. Jag says:

    He definitely has his better angles for his eyes, doesn’t he? I never realized how small his eyes are until this photo shoot. I still like him as a person and love his smile. :)

  7. t.fanty says:

    Thirsty Elsa?! You lie. She is an artist. How are we not talking about Remora’s music video? That was nothing but elegance and musical genius.

  8. kri says:

    I thought I was the only one who was “Blah” on him. The cats are adorable though.

  9. Bree says:

    To me he resembles the kid from the sixth sense… Hailey Joel Osment… Idk why but I’m getting those vibes…

  10. FingerBinger says:

    The cover looks like an advertisement for a fraternity.

  11. Naya says:

    Did she at least ask him how he came to be randomly hanging out with Joss Whedon? And whos Drew?

  12. ali.hanlon says:

    Elsa Pataky’s instagram is great.

    Only a few family pictures and great behind the scenes work.

  13. V4Real says:

    “Like, the whole thing is about how he looks and how he’s incredibly sexy, to the point where it feels like she didn’t ask him any questions.”

    Well a lot of women celebs get the same kind of questions.

    I like Chris, he’s easy on the eyes and I love a man who’s not afraid to publicly play with a little pussy (cat) while lying in bed.

    • teacakes says:

      yeah, this sounds like the bog-standard Scarlett Johansson profile. Except that I actually think Scarjo’s sexier/can see the hype (and I am a straight woman).

      Chris seems like an ok sort, at least he did move his family away to Oz instead of staying in LA and whinging.

  14. ninal says:

    I live in la and there’s a he’ll of a lot of places stars can live where they won’t get stuck in the industry rat race and mindset. I always roll my eyes when people say shit like this- if you want realness then maybe a mansion in a gated community in bel air where your neighbors are movie stars isn’t the most clever of decisions.

    • v says:

      Right? I was born and raised in LA, i live in NYC now but i hate it when celebrities talk crap about LA..and it’s not just celebrities anymore, everyone seems to think it’s so “fake”. well my dad was a construction worker and my mom was a seamstress and i worked two jobs in high school…how fake is that?

    • perplexed says:

      I though the way he worded his answer made sense though. It seemed like he was talking about the advertising part of his career being in his face when he’s in L.A whereas in Australia he probably doesn’t see his face on billboards quite as much. If you’re a non-famous person, I don’t think living in LA would be much different than living elsewhere, but if you’re a movie star I can see why living someplace else might be more to one’s liking. Plus, he’s from Australia anyway which sounds like the type of appealing place most people would enjoy anyway. If he was from some poor area in Scary Country X, I might not get his preference, but since he’s comparing Australia to LA its not hard to see why he’d find the place he grew up in more appealing.

  15. ninal says:

    Oh and he’s very handsome but not distinctive looking. That’s how I feel about Ryan gosling too. Liam is cuter to me cause his features are more unique.

  16. Keaton says:

    He seems like a nice decent good looking guy but wow he is BORING This is what passes for a movie star today. OK

  17. Kate says:

    He normally does it for me, to be honest, but I’m not loving these photos, except OMG CATS (!!!!).

  18. dana says:

    I’m not a Hemworth boy band fan. I think they’re nice enough just not that bright and the Golds Gym muscle guys aren’t my type. I think his point about LA is right. Esp because I’ve heard his other quotes on his work ethic and he doesn’t sound like a smart enough guy to not fall down the trap. As for drooling all over his interview, get a room VF.

  19. EN says:

    Well, I am with him on paparazzi. I am going to complain about paparazzi and no paparazzi would ever care about me. It is not about me.
    Paparazzi are vultures and dangerous ones at that.
    if their victims can’t complain about them, then I can do it, no problem.

  20. angela says:

    I lose touch with reality when I look at Liam

  21. A.Key says:

    He’s a sweet decent guy, and pretty hunky in fact. I loved him as the Huntsman, can’t wait for the sequel.

  22. Lou says:

    How do you all know Elsa is calling paparazzi? If you guys know then Chris knows, and that’s gonna be a bone of contention if he dislikes it as much as he says he does. Sometimes paparazzi just set down in wealthy areas and celebs can either hide away, get assistants to do everything for them or they can just roll their eyes and just try to get on with their lives.

  23. msd says:

    I used to be meh about Hemsworth but I quite like him now. He isn’t very exciting or edgy but he seems like a decent, down to earth guy and after Rush I realised he could actually act. With smart management of his career I think he could have a credible one beyond being a Marvel hunk. As for LA … I kind of get it. It’s probably good to live somewhere where it doesn’t revolve around the movie business so much. I also agreed with him when he complained about the fact that people just drive everywhere. I feel like a freak when I walk in LA!

  24. Carol says:

    This dude doesn’t bug me. I totally understand why he hates LA, and why he hates the paparazzi. He doesn’t sound as precious as other actors though such as Christian Bale, Sean Penn etc. He also kind of reminds me of a younger more bulkier Brad Pitt.

  25. raincoaster says:

    I believe Lili Anolik got her job after trying for many years and finally being THE person with THE story when Dr Frederick Brandt died; her husband was his business partner. I can’t say I liked that article; it didn’t skim the surface so much as hover over it reverently. I’m sure there was much, much more to be said in that profile, that was not.

    I’ll be interested to see how she does with a story about someone she doesn’t actually know. Doesn’t sound good, but who knows? It’s the quotes that make a profile, unless the interviewer is getting all date rapey like that Million Dollar Critic guy.

  26. Mewsie says:

    That photo with the cats is so lovelessly taken. Chris looks special needs in it (which is a negative achievement, it takes a special skill to make such a beautiful man look bad!), and like he’s about to strangle one cat, while the other kitty is hunting something out of frame. The only point of focus in the pic is Chris’ right upper arm.

    I can’t help but compare the way Chris was posed with cats with Tom Hiddleston shoot with Bentley. That was more thoughtfully and carefully made, both man and cat were in the focus area.

    I don’t get it. Chris is gorgeous. Why are so many of his photoshoots so awkward and cringeworthy, like he only ever gets the creepiest interviewers and least talented photographers? I thought Vanity Fair can afford better.

  27. MusicMama says:

    I don’t usually like blond men but there’s something about him. I am a Hiddleston fangirl also, not rabidly, mind you. I think Hemsworth here has a nice, genuine laugh (heard in interviews) and a nice smile. Mr. MusicMama teases me about my “thing” for him. I think he probably just moved his family back home where he felt more comfortable.