Chris Hemsworth admits having children has affected his career

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Being rich and world famous doesn't exclude Chris Hemsworth from worries that affect most people, like how much having a family has affected their career.

In an interview with GQ Australia, the Thor star admits his roles as dad to three children - daughter India, 6, and twin boys Sasha and Tristan, 4 - and husband to Elsa Pataky, have given him pause regarding his career decisions.

Hemsworth says, "I do wonder sometimes, if we hadn't met, what my career would look like. Have I made decisions based on that? How has that influenced me?"

He adds, "There's times when I've thought, 'Wow, because having kids is more important to me, some of my roles have suffered'. There's definitely a couple of films I could've put way more energy into but I was like, 'No, I'd rather be with my kids'."

Hemsworth remarks that it's nothing he would change. "I don't regret that but I'm aware."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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He says he gets a lot out of his work, on a personal level, and acknowledges that having a family means he doesn't always get to pursue his career quite the way he would otherwise.

"I often find myself saying it's all for my family but in all this I definitely have personal things I need to achieve, too. The difference is you have to open yourself up and go, 'Well, you had kids so you forfeited a bit of that'."

Hemsworth is famous for his down-to-earth attitude, but his career drive he confesses came from growing up "broke".

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"Once you get the jobs, you wonder did you actually just want to be famous? Was it purely about money? An artistic expression? I've arrived at a place of truth and while the attraction was a few things, one was definitely financially," he says.

"I did not want to be broke, like we'd been broke when we grew up. I wanted to take care of my parents and my family."

That said, he's aware of the privilege his kids are being immersed in from birth, and worries about the effect it may have on them.

Of his riches - he's reportedly worth $90 million - he says, "I feel gross about it," then goes on to relate a story about saving up for a whole year to buy a $600 surfboard, then being scared to ride it in case he damaged it.

"It taught me so many lessons about appreciation and working hard for something. When I think about my kids, I don't want them to miss that joy."

He says keeping the kids grounded is a team effort between him and his wife, Spanish model Elsa Pataky, whom he met and married in 2010.

"Elsa and I talk a lot about how we instil that same appreciation and respect for things. 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."