Charlize Theron is having a great year, but her Snow White and the Huntsman co-star Chris Hemsworth is having one fantastic month so far.
On the back of The Avengers, in which he stars as the hammer-wielding Thor, scoring the best opening of all time, the actor’s wife Elsa Pataky just gave birth to their little girl, India. I spoke to him at Arundel Castle just a day before the baby’s birth, and two days before the news came yesterday that The Avengers has gone on to join the $1 billion club, 19 days after it opened in the US. Hemsworth told me that the film’s success at the box office has been phenomenal, and “a huge relief”, but the best part for him is that people are enjoying the movie. “People are liking it, and there were such good reviews for it. That’s a far bigger pay-off than the box-office numbers,” he said.
The Avengers reached the $1 billion mark across global tickets sales as quickly as Avatar and the final Harry Potter installment, and it’s now one of only 11 movies to reach this milestone.
As for his new arrival, Hemsworth said at tonight’s world premiere of Snow White and the Huntsman in London that he’s a little tired, laughing that everyone told him before-hand to get some sleep and now he knows why. But his little one is “doing fantastic.”