TBT: Liam Hemsworth by Hedi Slimane

Get to know the 21-year-old Aussie who scored the cherished part of Gale Hawthorne in the highly (read: ravenously) anticipated ‘The Hunger Games’.


Melbourne, Australia


January 13, 1990

Where do you live now?

Los Angeles

What made you decide you wanted to be an actor?

My two older brothers are actors. I think being the younger brother, I always looked up to them and when I saw them doing it, it made me want to do it too.

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How do you relate to the character you’ve most recently portrayed?

I most recently played a guy called Gale in The Hunger Games. He is extremely passionate about standing up for what he believes in, which has always been a strong part of my life. He has moments in the film where he is ready to explode with anger because of the way things are. But because of the consequences of standing up to an evil government, he has to bite his lip and live with it. I’ve definitely had times in my life where I’ve had to hold back what I really want to say or do.

Who are some of the iconic, archetypical men, non-actors, that you admire?

Kelly Slater. He has won ten world surfing titles. That’s definitely something to admire!

Outside of acting, what are you passionate about?

I’ve always loved surfing. When I was in school that was pretty much all that mattered in my life. Most of my friends surfed so we would go before school, after school, literally whenever we could.

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