Elsa Pataky: ‘Being a mum is the hardest work of all… no awards for that’

I have to give Chris Hemsworth credit: he actually moved his family back to Australia so that they could have more privacy and the kids could grow up outside of Hollywood. I think that was so smart for him long-term. But I also think he did that because he was increasingly uncomfortable with his wife’s need for attention. When they lived in LA, Elsa Pataky was getting pap’d constantly, she was always booking smaller acting jobs and doing whatever she could to hustle. He moves Elsa away from all of that. I wondered if their marriage would struggle, but they seem fine. Elsa still works, but mostly just in Australia. She covers Marie Claire Australia to promote Interceptor, a Netflix movie.

Showing her daughter that she can be a tough action star: “I loved being able to show [India] that nothing can stop you just because you’re a girl. You can be strong, you can do whatever you want. It used to be difficult to get these roles, but now it’s opening up. It was such a good opportunity to show her that.”

Moving to Sydney during filming of Interceptor: “My kids are used to me being at home, picking them up and things, but now I will be at work – which is something lots of people do! I really wanted this opportunity. And it’s not that bad, right?”

She trained for six months: “Military-style training,” she says – for as much as four to six hours a day. “I’ve seen how much Chris works, and every actor who does these sorts of films.” But she shook off her doubts. “This would be my challenge,” she says.

Being a mom is the hardest thing: “Being a mum is the hardest work of all – and there’s no awards for that. And then you do a movie and people are like, ‘Oh, wow!’ It’s kind of nice to feel appreciated – and to have your own thing that makes you feel like yourself.”

[From Marie Claire Australia]

Um, in Interceptor, she plays a Spanish-accented American Naval officer on an interceptor position in what is possibly the Pacific. It looks very cheesy and like one of those B-movies they would give to Steven Seagal or Jason Statham or Bruce Willis. They just changed the gender of the lead. And she trained six months for this? Man, I feel bad for her sometimes. It must be so hard for her to be told “no, you can’t hustle in LA anymore, we’re going to Australia and you’re just going to raise the kids now.” Poor Elsa. That quote about feeling appreciated hurts too.

Photos courtesy of Avalon Red, cover courtesy of Marie Claire Australia.

You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.

33 Responses to “Elsa Pataky: ‘Being a mum is the hardest work of all… no awards for that’”

Comments are Closed

We close comments on older posts to fight comment spam.

  1. BlinkB says:

    That cover does nothing for her

    • Anna says:

      ikr… they tried to accentuate her cleavage with photoshop shading (looks really artificial) but the pose is all wrong, as is the outfit. And that stare… ugh. She is pretty but not THAT pretty. So they should have worked on enhancing what she has, not play it down.

    • DragonWise says:

      Agreed! The outfit and positioning are really unflattering, and that direct stare makes her look try-hard.

    • SarahCS says:

      I’m sure we’ve seen someone on a red carpet in this outfit recently and it looked equally terrible on them.

    • Tanguerita says:

      She looks like she is trying really hard to hold in a huge fart.

  2. Tour malin says:

    This guy doesn’t want an equal, that’s for sure. I feel bad for her

  3. Laalaa says:

    Does it have to be Lara Croft? She wanted to do the movie, she trained for it, and what’s wrong with B movies for Jason Statham? They made Jason Jason Statham.
    Good for her.

  4. Wiglet Watcher says:

    I Liked interceptor, but I like those b action movies. What was dumb is she has a thick accent and the way they wrote it that doesn’t fit her character. Her father didn’t have an accent and there was no reference to her mother having one, but they were questioning others allegiance by how they came off.
    Her husband has a cameo of course and Chris evans did something behind the camera.

  5. Emmi says:

    If that theory is true, it makes Hemsworth look terrible. Maybe they have a deal, who knows. If she wants to work, she should be able to.

  6. Lurker25 says:

    Didn’t Adrian Brody buy her a castle? She was that sort of unknown girl who kept bagging high profile actors, then disappeared after marrying Hemsworth.
    She’s right about motherhood though. The only external validation is for those “supermom who makes it look easy” types. God forbid you make ppl uncomfortable by showing how little support mothers get.
    THAT said, I’m not crying for celebrity moms with nannies.

    • Wiglet Watcher says:

      Bought them a “castle” yes. Judging him from his other relationships he seems like a jerk that not even a castle for a residence could make tolerable.

      I remember a pap pic and article that came out when she had an infant. She was frazzled and tired. Picking things up that fell out of the stroller and noticed a pap. That must have been awful and she seemed like any other overwhelmed mom. This was way before the big fame.

  7. AnnaKist_ says:

    … especially when you don’t have piles of money to hire nannies, have to go out to work every day, pick up your children from day care, make dinner, supervise homework, do the bedtime routine, clean up the kitchen – ready for tomorrow, do laundry etc etc etc. and you don’t get to get to travel the works, attending glamorous events with hubs… And if you’re a single mum it’s an even harder.

    Don’t worry, Elsa is still getting attention—in the DM every second day, parading around Byron Bay, The rich hippie wandering around the shopping precinct in boho garb and bare feet, sometimes with, sometimes sans children. I wouldn’t walk barefoot in my nice street let alone the filthy main street of Byron Bay.

  8. Fiona says:

    I actually like that they went to Australia and didn’t run back. She works less that’s for sure. He could afford a house in L.A., but she’d probably try to spend too much time there. He comes across okay, but she seems terribly vain. She’s hard to like. Her stupid MeToo comments. I think he is vain as she is, but comes across less annoying. That’s what I think when I see them. That wasn’t her best cover. Good for her. She has a new movie.

  9. SKE says:

    This left me pitying her a bit. She was try-hard when they got together and she hasn’t changed, just her opportunities. She is clearly dying to work and the way this is written, it seems like Chris calls all the shots and moved them to Australia so she couldn’t. It just goes to show you, even when you’re a rich white lady, the trade off is apparently that you have to give up your ambitions so you can raise his kids.

  10. The Hench says:

    I have nothing to say on her ramblings about being a mother that others haven’t already said BUT – random observation – in this cover Elsa could be Tuva Novotny’s twin. That’s who I though it was when I saw the thumbnail – thought we were getting more goss on the whole mystery baby daddy thing.

    So, yeah. I’ll show myself out….

  11. Imara219 says:

    Being a working mom is hard AF. Some days I wished I didn’t have a job because it’s brutal devoting your time to both when one is clearly more important. I don’t have words for the whole Australia move because she never said she had a problem with it. Honestly it was a wise choice for their family and Australia has an acting scene. No it isn’t Hollywood but it is what it is. We honestly don’t know how they decided to structure their family and plan care taker roles

  12. Rae says:

    I find her really extra.

    However, having read your article, I agree that she almost feels like a caged bird who is just grateful to to be allowed out to fly.

    Really quite sad.

  13. Kirsten says:

    Why do people constantly make it a competition that puts parenting on a pedestal? I hate this. Say, “Being a mom is the hardest thing I’ve ever done,” or, “Being a mom is really difficult,” but not, “Being a mom is the hardest work of all.”

    • AMA1977 says:

      So full disclosure, I’ve never been a rocket scientist, or a hostage negotiator, or lots of other difficult jobs (although I have had some difficult jobs) but maintain that being a mother IS the hardest job of all. It’s non-stop, 24/7/365, for starters. Not only is it entirely unpaid, it is expensive AF to raise children. There is always imminent danger and emergency lurking, and it will surprise you at the very worst moment. It is largely underappreciated and often messy and time-consuming. You will worry every moment of the day that you should be doing more, or less, or different. You will second-guess choices you made YEARS ago. There is no training, no plan, no blueprint, and you don’t know if you’re “successful” for at least 20 years, if ever.

      Also, it is completely worth it to me.

      • Dream says:

        Thank you🙏
        That’s All!
        Goodnight 😴
        Mic Drop
        Amen !

      • Janet DR says:

        I was spending some time with my grown daughter yesterday and she was telling me all of the reasons that she was not going to make me a grandma 😂 I couldn’t fault any of her reasons at all. She wants to work hard, retire early, travel. She said her friends with kids complain every day unless it’s mother’s day. If you don’t have kids you just don’t know what you are missing 💗 I told her I just want her to be happy and now I’m rooting for my son to get married 😄

      • Lady D says:

        Thank you, AMA1977, truly.

      • Kirsten says:

        1. I am a mother
        2. This, “you just can’t possibly understand” is exactly the kind of one-upmanship over other women that I’m talking about. There are other jobs and accomplishments that are just as challenging and just as rewarding.

      • SolitaryAngel says:

        @AMA1977: AMEN, sister! ALL of that. You summed it up beautifully. *That* is motherhood in a nutshell.💗

      • Fabiola says:

        Parenting is the hardest job I’ve ever had and like the poster before me mentioned it’s non stop. For my sanity and of course to pay bills I need to be a working mom. Even if I was rich I would still want to work. It provides relief for my brain. Add that I have a special needs child. It’s very hard.

    • MipMip says:

      Kirsten- I appreciate your words as a happily child-free women. I know motherhood is unimaginably difficult, I also know it’s not for me.

      Being a mother is not the be-all end-all and this idea that women aren’t whole, or can’t achieve full happiness without it is so insulting. If you have kids, great! It is a thankless job but let’s STOP putting it on a pedestal as The Most Important Thing in the World.

      We are all second-class citizens (in America at least), the hardest job now is just being a woman with rights.

  14. TarteAuCitron says:

    Hm… it isn’t like people are crying out to see a Elsa Pataky movie. I only know about her because of celebrity blogs. I would have to google to see what she starred in, I haven’t got a clue.

    The bit about her accent jumped out at me. There a few foreign actors in the US who, for whatever reason, just can’t pull off an American English accent. (Thinking of Arnie, Chris O’Dowd, Sean Connery…)
    When you are an actor in hot demand, directors will just work around that and say you’re something-American, or rework the character to suit you. Elsa doesn’t have that leverage.

    When people talk about Elsa, they never say she is an incredible talent. They talk about how she hustles for publicity, with a subtle undertone of ‘wow, she married well’. As lousy as it sounds, yes she is pretty, but there’s nothing creatively special about her. Why should someone hire Elsa Pataky for a movie? As an actress, I think her ship has sailed.

  15. Elona King says:

    She fascinates me, most of the time she gets pap’d in Australia she is at the beach she gives the impression of a sun worshipper. Yet she has great skin not a wrinkle / line .
    So it’s either great genes, clean eating , a lot of sunscreen, good skincare , maybe Botox . Or just a combo of all of it .
    Thoughts !!

    • SAS says:

      Elsa is 45. I’m sure she would say it’s a combination of all factors but Botox is doing the heavy lifting. Watching her recent workout video post on her Insta, she’s pushing hard and the top of her face isn’t moving at all. It’s lovely work though.

      Off to search Alexandra Daddario videos for clues to her perfect skin as I’m the same age as her!