Article Jan 30, 2019

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Chris Hemsworth almost quit acting after Star Trek

Chris Hemsworth almost quit acting after 2009's Star Trek because he wanted to go home to Australia and be a family guy.

The movie hunk, who has been married to actress Elsa Pataky since 2010, vowed to try out for one more Hollywood movie and then head Down Under - but the roles just kept coming.

"I was about to quit," he tells Men's Health magazine. "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 my dad once when he thought he'd pay it off and he said, 'Honestly, probably never'. I wanted to change that.

"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."

So, Chris is still acting and spending time between Australia and Hollywood, but he admits his whole outlook on success has changed - and he's not the man he was a decade ago.

"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'," he explains. "And that’s when things started to change; that’s when I felt happier."