Name: Liam Hemsworth
Birthdate: January 13, 1990
Born: Melbourne, Australia
Parents: Craig and Leonie Hemsworth
Siblings: Chris and Luke Hemsworth (brothers)
Hemsworth was born in Melbourne, Australia to Craig and Leonie Hemsworth. His elder brothers are actors Chris Hemsworth and Luke Hemsworth. Hemsworth says that though there is competition for jobs among them, it is friendly: “We are brothers and we are always competitive, but it is a good thing, it pushes us and we are always happy whenever someone books something.”
When Hemsworth was in year 8, he and his family relocated to Phillip Island, a small island. Hemsworth says he spent much of his time there surfing with his brothers. According to Hemsworth’s classmate Laura Griffin, “All the girls liked him. He was popular, a bit of a joker and made me laugh.” In March 2009, Hemsworth moved to the United States to pursue his career there. He and his brother Chris first stayed in the guest house of Chris’s agent William Ward before renting their own Los Angeles apartment in which they currently reside.
Prior to becoming an actor, Hemsworth laid floors for six months. He began to seriously consider following his elder brothers’ footsteps and become an actor in high school, when he took on an agent. He attended his first audition at the age of sixteen and began his career in 2007 with guest spots on the shows Home and Away and McLeod’s Daughters. The week of 8 July 2007, Hemsworth began filming episodes for Neighbours, an Australian soap opera his brother Luke had previously starred in. Hemsworth’s character, Josh Taylor, was a recurring character from 2007 to 2008. In the show, Josh was an athletic parapalegic who supported and began a relationship with character Bridget Parker after she was paralyzed down one side of her body in a car crash. In 2008, Hemsworth began acting on the children’s television show The Elephant Princess, playing “Marcus”, the attractive lead guitarist of the protagonist’s band. Hemsworth later had roles in the television series Satisfaction and starred in the British film Triangle. He also made a brief appearance as an MIT student in the film Knowing.
In 2009, Hemsworth was selected to act opposite Sylvester Stallone in Stallone’s 2010 film, The Expendables, but his character was written out of the script. Hemsworth’s brother, Chris, told Movieline that just a few hours after Hemsworth learned he would not appear in The Expendables, director Kenneth Branagh called to ask him to test for the lead role in the 2011 film Thor. Hemsworth moved to the States in March 2009 for screen tests. Though he eventually lost the part to Chris in May, Disney announced later the same week that Hemsworth had landed the part of Will Blakelee in the 2010 drama The Last Song, based on the Nicholas Sparks novel by the same name. Hemsworth plays the love interest of Miley Cyrus’s character in the film. Nikki Finke reported that Hemsworth had been in Los Angeles for just three weeks and had not yet found an agent when he was cast. Hemsworth next appeared in the music video for Cyrus’ “When I Look at You” which was recorded on 16 August 2009.
In September 2009, Hemsworth appeared at a dinner event to promote Foxtel, an Australian pay television company. In March 2010, Details magazine selected Hemsworth as one of their predictions for “The Next Generation of Hollywood’s Leading Men”. Later that month, it was announced that Hemsworth was in negotiations to star in Arabian Nights, a 3D action film that will be directed by Chuck Russell for Inferno Entertainment. It was later confirmed that he will be starring in the movie. He has also reportedly been offered the lead role in “Northern Lights” after “Twilight” star Taylor Lautner withdrew from the David Ellison-financed project.
It was announced in August 2010, that Hemsworth had been offered the role as Isaac Gildea in the movie “The Throwback” a sports drama with Dennis Quaid. Taylor Swift had previously been rumored for a role but she is not a part of the package at this point.
Hemsworth was the Nickelodeon Australian Kids’ Choice Awards 2010 host. He and Miley Cyrus won the “Fave Kiss” category.
Hemsworth stars in the music video Colder Weather for the Zac Brown Band. The music video premiered on February 14, 2011.
On 4 April 2011 Lionsgate announced Hemsworth to be one of the leads, Gale Hawthorne, in The Hunger Games film adaptation.
Hemsworth is the ambassador of the Australian Childhood Foundation. Hemsworth talked about his association with the foundation, “I have the best parents you can have. They have worked in child protection for twenty years and have only ever given me encouragement and support. The world is a scary enough place as it is for children. It is important that home should always be a safe place for them.” When asked if he believed he was a hero to children, Liam modestly responded, “I don’t know if I’m a hero to children, but I’d like to be. I’d like to be a good role model.”