The time to stop referring to Aussie actor Liam Hemsworth as ‘Thor’s little brother’ or ‘Miley’s ex’ has definitely arrived, as a new interview with Esquire Middle East bears out. Still basking in the afterglow of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 (and with the next part on the horizon later this year), Liam is fast becoming an established star in his own right – but he’s determined not to let his fame change him.
“I guess the perception of me has changed –more people think about me now, and the way people interact with me has changed, but it’s so not much that I’ve changed, you know? I still have all my best friends that I grew up with, and they’re still very much my best friends – they’re the closest people around me.”
Along with the a-Thor-mentioned Chris (and his other actor brother, Luke), Melbourne-born Liam spent a lot of his formative years on Phillip Island, a tiny outpost off the Australian coastline. “We used to fight all the time,” he told Esquire ME. “In the summer holidays we’d live in board shorts and play this game where you’d have to stand about two metres away from each other and take it in turns to throw a knife as close to the other person’s foot. It was really dangerous. There were a few cuts and bruises, a few shaves here and there. Being a young Australian guy, you tend to do those kinds of stupid things.”
For Liam’s sake, it’s just as well they didn’t try it with hammers – we’ve already seen how good Chris is with them…