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Childhood Rivalries And The ‘Other’ Brother: Inside The Genetically-Blessed Hemsworth Family

When Chris Hemsworth posted a photo alongside his mother, Leonie Hemsworth, to celebrate Mother’s Day, he invited a flood of appreciation from around the world.

Yep, it’s never been clearer how the Hemsworth brothers got so genetically blessed.

After sharing the photo to Instagram with a Mother’s Day message, fans were quick to point out how Leonie and Chris’ wife, Spanish actress and model Elsa Pataky, could easily pass for sisters.

“I know it’s a cliche but she really does look more like his sister than his Mum,” one person commented.

“Now I see where you get your good looks from,” another said.

Chris Hemsworth, 36, who is best known for his role as Thor in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, is the middle child of the Hemsworth brothers.

He has an older brother, 38-year-old Luke, and a younger brother, 30-year-old Liam.

The three brothers were all born in Melbourne, Victoria to their parents, teacher Leonie and counsellor Craig.

However, when Liam was just a few years old, the family relocated to the Northern Territory, where Leonie and Craig began working on a cattle station.

When asked on Jimmy Kimmel Live in 2016 if the brothers had been raised “basically like a pack of wild dingoes”, Luke responded: “Yeah, the Hemsworth house of horrors.”

“We’d wake up in the morning and literally say, ‘See ya, mum,’ and just disappear into the bush,” he added.

“I think as we got older, parents of kids we knew would gradually drop their kids off further and further away from our house.”

Speaking to Conan O’Brien in 2012, Liam opened up about the fights that used to go down between the three brothers.

“I feel like that’s when you really get to know each other, when you give someone a good punch in the face,” he said.

“It’s one way of expressing love. That was how we did it in our house – ‘Hey, man, good to see you, here’s a punch in the face for you.’”

Liam went on to explain that the fighting between the three siblings eventually got “pretty bad”.

“Me and Chris used to fight nonstop, to the point where I remember my mum and dad went away to Europe for three months, and me and my oldest brother, Luke, stayed at our grandma’s house, and Chris had to stay at my uncle’s house because we were too much trouble to be together,” the actor recalled.

“We would have a fistfight about who was going to sit in the front seat of the car,” he added.

“I threw a knife – I don’t know why my grandpa thought it was a good idea to give little kids a proper throwing knife, but he gave it to us… I threw it at [Chris’] head when I was about eight years old and the handle hit him in the head.

“It was just a warning. Like if you mess with me, I’ll throw a knife at your head.”

Liam continued: “Another time, we were having a really bad fistfight and my mum tried to break it up and she got her finger broken. That was kind of the low point of our fighting.”

In another TV appearance on The Graham Norton Show, Liam shared that his rivalry with his older brothers was often like “the Hunger Games”, as Luke and Chris would wrap Liam up in layers of clothing so that they could chase him around with a BB gun.

After living in the Northern Territory, the Hemsworth family relocated to Phillip Island, which is south of Melbourne.

It was here that all three boys got their first taste at acting doing school plays.

Luke Hemsworth’s career
Luke, who is often referred to as the “other Hemsworth brother”, was actually the first of the three brothers to dip his toe into acting.

From 2003 onward, Luke appeared in a number of Australian TV shows, including Blue Heelers, Last Man Standing, and Neighbours.

Later on in his career, however, Luke decided to launch his own flooring business, in the hopes of gaining more financial security.

At the time, Luke even hired his brothers Chris and Liam as employees.

After moving to Los Angeles in the hopes of getting back into acting, Luke had a brief cameo in 2017 Marvel movie Thor: Ragnarok alongside his brother Chris.

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