Like many Hollywood stars, Chris Hemsworth didn’t always have it easy. As a kid, he worked hard to save money to buy things for himself – like a $600 surfboard! – and now, as one of Marvel’s biggest money draws, he says he feels “gross” for earning so much money. The father of three raked in a whopping $38 million last year thanks to big-screen films like Thor: Ragnarok and Avengers: Infinity War – but he wants to make sure his kids grow up humble.
While speaking to GQ Australia, the star opened up about his past: “I remember saving up for a surfboard when I was younger. The surfboard was 600 bucks and I saved up for a whole year with Dad’s help. I didn’t even want to surf on it for fear of damaging it. It taught me so many lessons about appreciation and working hard for something.” The 35-year-old actor – father to six-year-old India and twins Sarah and Tristan, 4 – knows how important it is to raise his kids to understand their privilege.
He continued: “I don’t want them to feel like they’re privileged in any way. The fact that we have money and their parents are famous, that somehow they’re special, that scares me because we grew up with no money.” Things have certainly changed for the actor and his wife, Elsa Pataky, who are currently in the middle of building a mansion in Byron Bay, Australia – their coastal oasis that, when finished, will boast a gym, pool, spa, media room, games room and play area for the kids.
Though there’s no denying that their kids are growing up luckier than most, it doesn’t seem to have any negative affect on their relationship with their loving parents. Chris often shares sweet snaps with his youngsters, like an especially heartwarming shot where the actor is fishing with one of his sons at sunset. He captioned the photo: “Incredible couple days camping with the family before heading overseas @australia #nothingbetter”.