Chris Hemsworth feels 'gross' about being rich, doesn't want his kids to feel 'privileged'
You know Chris Hemsworth as Thor, the super-hot Marvel superhero with an equally super-hot stuntman. But did you know he wasn't always rich and famous? Some actors are second, third or fourth-generation talent, growing up with great privilege. But Chris says his upbringing was not glamorous, and he wants to make sure his children share the same values.
Yes, Chris Hemsworth has children. Sorry, delusional single readers. Although Chris gets flirty with Channing Tatum on Instagram, he's married to Elsa Pataky. Together, they have three children: five-year-old daughter India and twin three-year-old sons, Tristan and Sasha. Last March, adorable videos of him teaching his kids how to surf in Byron Bay, Australia, went viral.
In an interview with GQ Australia, Chris recalled saving up for a $600 surfboard when he was a kid. It's quite a contrast from his economic status today. According to Men's Health, Chris' net worth is somewhere between $60 and $90 million, which can buy quite a few surfboards. But although growing up lower class or middle class isn't fun, it teaches you lessons about appreciating the value of money.
We think of him as Chris as outrageously wealthy movie star, but it he doesn't feel totally comfortable in that role. "I feel gross about it [my wealth]," said the Thor: Ragnarok actor. "I remember saving up for a surfboard when I was younger. The surfboard was $600 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. When I think about my kids, I don't want them to miss that joy."
He continued, "Elsa and I talk a lot about how we instill 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." Chris added that part of the reason he rolled the dice on acting was to help his loved ones: "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."
Some people might scoff when they hear Chris Hemsworth feels 'gross' about being rich. If you don't like having all those millions of dollars, I'll take some of it off your hands, Thor! But, if you have children, imagine that you won the lottery for a moment. You'd worry about your kids growing up to be entitled spoiled brats, right? To quote the great poet, The Notorious B.I.G., "Mo' money, mo' problems."
Anyway, Chris, if you reading this, I wasn't joking about taking some of that wealth off of your hands. I have PayPal and Venmo. Whatever works best for you.