Liam Hemsworth on being recognized: ‘you can’t really prepare for that’


Hunky Liam Hemsworth is the cover story (and model) for the inaugural issue of Australia’s #legend magazine. The 26-year-old actor was interviewed by big brother Luke for the new luxury lifestyle mag. The two talk about fame and being recognized in public, the challenges of acting with different accents and Liam’s upcoming role in Independence Day 2. Here are some highlights from the interview:

On adjusting to fame after The Hunger Games: “Initially the hardest part to adjust to is just the way people approach you now and react to you. You lose a lot of your anonymity. And I think that’s obviously something, if you are going to be successful in this business, that you are going to have to deal with one day. This was, I think, a little more extreme because The Hunger Games already had a huge fan base. So, as soon as the movies came out, even before people saw the films, they already started knowing my name or knowing my face, so you can’t really prepare for that.”

On the roles that interest him: “Anything that has layers to a character and it’s not just one tone throughout the story. I like the chance to show two different sides of someone. And when you get a story that allows you to do that, I am definitely attracted to that. Working with a good director that you trust, I feel, is one of the key elements that I look for more and more these days and I am more conscious about. You don’t want to get to the middle of the shoot and lose trust in the director. You want to have that from start to finish, and I think that is what allows actors to be more comfortable, more relaxed and able to work their best.”

On directors he’d like to work with (after being coached to respond “Scorsese” by his brother): “Scorsese, obviously. Scorsese is an obvious choice because he’s one of the best directors of all time, but has also made some of my favourite films of all time. If I got the opportunity to work with him, I definitely wouldn’t pass it up. I would love to work with Ben Stiller and I think he is a really great director, an amazing director, and he would be great to work with because he’s good with actors. Mel Gibson, as well, is an incredible director.”

On working with (national treasure) Jeff Goldblum on Independence Day 2: “I had a lot of stuff to do with Jeff Goldblum. We had many scenes together and our characters have a bit of a backstory with each other. Jeff Goldblum is one of the most interesting, generous, kind, funny, eccentric people that I have ever met. He is amazing. So much fun to just be around with on set.”

On returning to Australia and using his own accent for the upcoming film The Dressmaker: “I felt a lot freer, in a way, and I was able to sort of throw in different things here and there, and you’re just able to draw from your own experiences and things that are familiar to you because it sounds more natural. I really enjoyed that, and I enjoyed working with Kate Winslet. She is an incredible, amazing actress.”

[From #legend magazine]

In the interview, Luke asks Liam about the best advice he’s ever gotten. I really wish he would have replied, “Stay away from Miley Cyrus.” (It should be noted that her name was never brought up.) I love this interview, and not only because it starts with “G’day.” Every celebrity should be interviewed by someone close to them, be it a family member or close friend. The whole interview is definitely worth a read for the easy vibe between the two brothers. The photos are nothing to sneeze at either. The pooch in the photos looks like Liam’s new dog, Dora, whom he adopted in November. (Side note: who or what is the “centrefold” in this magazine? If this is a “luxury lifestyle magazine,” I’m assuming it’s probably a yacht or a ridiculously expensive car. The Sunday Target sale flyer is as close to a “luxury lifestyle magazine” as I’m going to get.)



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  1. Betti says:

    He’s hot with some facial hair. Thats all i have!

  2. Ickythump says:

    Absolutely loved The Dressmaker it didn’t disappoint after reading the book. I think the Hemsworths seem like nice, regular guys.

    • Ninks says:

      The Dressmaker was so good. Kate should have been nominated for that instead of Steve Jobs.

      Liam looks really good here.

  3. Obviously not to the same degree, but don’t become a teacher or librarian if you want to be left alone in public! The longer you do it, everyone will start to recognize you.

    • lilacflowers says:

      And students will get upset if you don’t recognize them immediately. Even if you teach in a large city and were their 2nd grade teacher and they are now 30 years old. This happens to my cousin all the time whenever we’re out. She just pretends she remembers everybody while carefully asking questions that will give her a clue.

      • Snowflake says:

        Yes I work in car sales and I don’t remember everyone. It’s hard for me to fake it and I’ve had a couple times where I could tell I didn’t pull it off and they were hurt I didn’t remember them. ☹️

    • Nona says:

      I have another one for you—reporter. When I worked for the local newspaper, I couldn’t go out to breakfast without someone coming up to me and saying, “You know that sewer problem on the west side …”

    • Ripley says:

      My mom was a nurse practitioner at an OB/GYN and obviously couldn’t acknowledge if she knew someone unless they would initiate (confidentiality), but would have the strangest encounters… Most vivid memory is from a Mother’s Day Brunch where a woman came up to her and said, “You’ve seen parts of me only my husband has seen!” And walked away. People are strange.

  4. Incognito says:

    Oh my, that cover!! He looks great.

  5. Dorothy#1 says:

    Ugh Mel Gibson 🙁

  6. betteboo says:

    His eyes look so tiny in that second picture