Chris Hemsworth On Marriage, Family & Technology

Thor star Chris Hemsworth covers the November issue of GQ Australia and opens up about family life with wife Elsa Pataky and their three children — daughter India, 5, and 3-year-old twin sons Tristan and Sasha.

On starting his family amid his booming career: “My wife and I fell in love, had kids, didn’t really see each other for a few years, then fell back in love.”

On Hollywood being “suffocating” : “You stop becoming a person. You have nothing to draw from because you’re living in this world of pretend on and off the screen.”

On Elsa’s career sacrifices: “In terms of work, she’s certainly given up more than I have. She’d like me to step back and be at home with the kids more, and of course, I want that, too. But I feel like I’m at this crucial point in my career—I’ve just got to set up for longevity or I’ll slip off.”

On having kids: “Once you have children, every instinct and every moment of your time is consumed by that. You’ve got nothing for each other, so make sure you have date night even if it’s once in a blue moon, because most of the time you’re just too tired and you’d actually prefer to sleep. There’s no shortage of how much I tell her I love her. But I guess there’s no detail in it, why or how.”

On working on being a more thoughtful husband: “It’s funny. I can be so attentive and listen to people I hardly know, then you get home and you’re like, ‘What was that? The ‘Yeah, no, that sounds good.’ Why do we do that? But you’ve got to switch off at some point, you know? I prefer the efficiency of phone calls. With texts, the back and forth pulls me away from the kids and what I’m doing. Not to say I don’t do it. But as a society, we’re close to not communicating verbally anymore.”

On when he was shooting Avengers: Infinity War with the Guardians of the Galaxy cast and no one was talking in between takes: “There was a circle of people sitting on their phones, so I was like, ‘Hey, remember when we used to talk to each other?’ Chris Pratt gets up and goes, ‘F–k. I know, man. It’s f–ked, isn’t it?’ And he throws his phone down.”

On technology addiction: “I don’t know about you, but I find my phone gives me a fair bit of anxiety. When you get a text, the dopamine released in your brain is like a drug. It’s the same reaction that you might have to cocaine or alcohol or whatever—when you see it, it releases something. Don’t have your phone next to your bed, for starters. Don’t take it to dinner, because you’re not giving anyone your attention anymore. Also in the past, our information sources had all sorts of ends—a newspaper comes to the end, it’s finished. You stop. A book, there’s a finishing point or there’s a chapter. But Instagram, it’s an endless feed. Facebook, it’s endless. The news is endless. This is now the danger. We don’t stop because there are no ends—there’s nothing to limit your usage and you don’t get to the bottom. That’s the problem.”

For more from Chris, go to GQ Australia

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