A spontaneous wedding and surprise twins: Chris Hemsworth and Elsa Pataky's 13-year love story.

Whilst Chris Hemsworth and Elsa Pataky lead lives of fame and fortune, they ultimately have one priority: family. 

On the one hand, they've enjoyed highly successful careers that have respectively found them in the prying eyes of the public. But together, they moved to New South Wales' Byron Bay in 2014, far away from the Hollywood lights, with their family of five.

Fans often herald them as the 'perfect' couple, but as they often say in interviews, their relationship is far from.

Here's what we know about Chris Hemsworth and Elsa Pataky's family life.

How Chris Hemsworth met Elsa Pataky. 

Elsa Pataky and Chris Hemsworth in September, 2010. Image: Getty.  


Hemsworth, 40, and Pataky, 47, met through talent agent William Ward in early 2010.

"There was no light-bulb moment," Hemsworth said in a 2015 interview with Elle about meeting Pataky. "From the first time we met, we just made sense. She's fun. She's outgoing, and she has a sense of humour and a passionate attitude toward life, which is nice to try to keep up with."

Elsa Pataky told Stellar magazine in 2018 that they met at a good time in their respective lives. 

"When I met Chris, he was just starting out. I had started young and I had worked a lot. I was happy to take a break and just be a mum," she reflected. "We met in a great place for both of us. I was totally confident within myself."

The couple went public with their romance in September 2010. 

The Hemsworth kids and family life.

By December 2010, Pataky and Hemsworth were tying the knot in an intimate ceremony in front of their family in what was, according to them, a spontaneous decision. 

"There was no great plan to any of it to be honest," Chris said on Good Morning Britain in 2016. "We were on holiday and we said, 'Why don't we get married too?' And then the next minute…


"There probably should have been some planning but it all worked out. Honestly, we had both our families on holiday at the same time, just randomly, and we said this is a good opportunity with everyone together, so we just did it.”

Hemsworth added: “It just felt right, it made sense.” 

Not even two years later, and the couple were welcoming their first child together, daughter India-Rose, who is now 11.  

Elsa Pataky and Chris Hemsworth in 2012. Image: Getty.  


At the time, Pataky - who is a Spanish model and actress - told ¡Hola! magazine that "having the person that you love by your side and starting a family with them is the best thing that can happen to you in this life. You can't ask for more."

Following in her parents' footsteps, India made her cinematic debut alongside her father in Thor: Love and Thunder.

In the film, she portrayed Love, the daughter of the antagonist Gorr the God Butcher (Christian Bale). Following Gorr's death, Thor takes her under his wing, and together they form the formidable Love and Thunder duo. 

In March 2014, the couple welcomed twin boys, Tristan and Sasha, now 10. 

Like India, the twins also made an appearance in Thor: Love and Thunder. Tristan took on the role of young Thor, while Sasha made a cameo appearance as an Asgardian child.

After giving birth to their three children, Hemsworth told WHO: "Watching her be a mother made me fall even more in love with her. Once we had kids we were like, 'We're in it, this is it.'"

He continued: "All of a sudden I had a greater appreciation for my wife, she kind of came into her own when we had kids. She certainly keeps me sane. I complain about things, she gets on with it."

It's safe to say that the Hemsworth children don't shy away from the limelight. Both Hemsworth and Pataky frequently post photos of their three children and attend film premieres as a family.


Elsa Pataky and Chris Hemsworth with their twin boys. Image: Getty.

Most recently, Pataky and their sons stood by Hemsworth's side at the world premiere of Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga in Sydney.

They also attended the celebration of Chris Hemsworth's star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame, with Pataky posing alongside Hemsworth and their twin sons Sasha and Tristan. 


Image: Getty

Chris gave a speech about the honour, thanking his wife for her part in the achievement.

He said to Pataky, "These special occasions and events, none of it is special without you by my side. I love you."


"And it doesn't get lost on me that she put aside her own dreams in order to support mine and, again, [I am] forever in your debt," he added.

Listen to Mia Freedman's interview with Elsa Pataky on No Filter here. Post continues below.

Navigating careers and children.

Over the years, the couple have spoken openly about navigating their marriage, careers and parenthood.

In 2017, Hemsworth admitted their busy schedules had put a strain on their marriage. 

"My wife and I fell in love, had kids, didn't really see each other for a few years, then fell back in love,” he told GQ Australia

“In terms of work, she's certainly given up more than I have. She'd like me to step back and be at home with the kids more, and of course, I want that too. But I feel like I’m at this crucial point in my career—I’ve just got to set up for longevity or I'll slip off.” 

The Thor actor was also candid about how becoming parents had changed their relationship, saying, "Once you have children, every instinct and every moment of your time is consumed by that.

"You've got nothing for each other... most of the time, you're just too tired and you'd actually prefer to sleep."


In an interview with Body & Soul, Pataky said she initially struggled with being a mother.

"I remember feeling a bit lost when I had India," she said.

"I thought my life was going to be the same (when I had kids) and I would keep working. But I couldn't. Chris would come home and say, 'How was your day?' And I didn’t feel proud to say: I'm just a mum. But you should. Because it's the hardest but greatest job in the world."

It's not the first time Pataky has spoken so openly about the balance of career and motherhood. 


In 2018, Pataky told ELLE Australia: "It's interesting how you can be a successful woman who has been working her whole life, and then you have kids and suddenly your career isn't as important and you don't appreciate it as much, and you just think, 'What am I doing? I have been fighting all my life for this and now I don't know if I really want it?'" she reflected.

"It's unfair in a way because I don't think men go through that. But when you become a mum, everything that was important goes into second position. You change a lot, you mature, you see life differently and learn so many things."

In June 2019, Hemsworth announced he was taking a brief break from his acting career to spend more time with his family. 

"I've spent probably 15 years in what felt like a marathon, a constant workload," he told GQ Australia earlier this year. 

"So much of my energy has been geared towards that, and then having kids at the same time, I’ve been constantly trying to find the balance. I've really yearned for more stillness and felt a definite need to slow down."

Watch: Chris Hemsworth tells Ellen how he handled his daughter's hilarious request. Post continues below. 

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Chris Hemsworth's health.

In November 2022, during an interview with Vanity Fair, the actor opened up about undergoing genetic testing, revealing a troubling result: a heightened risk of developing Alzheimer's disease.

This discovery was made while he was working on his National Geographic docuseries, Limitless with Chris Hemsworth.

Hemsworth was informed that he carries two copies of the APOE4 gene, which is associated with a significantly increased risk of Alzheimer's. This news meant he's 10 times more likely to develop the disease in the future.

A year later, amidst swirling rumours of retirement, the Mad Max star took a brief hiatus from the industry to focus on "mindfulness work." However, he swiftly debunked retirement claims in June 2023, citing exhaustion and a longing to be with his family as the true reasons for his break.

"It was interesting, because those two headlines got coupled together, that I was taking time off because of the genetic predisposition to Alzheimer’s," he told Entertainment Weekly. "That experience and that show [Limitless] made me go, 'Oh wow, none of us are invincible.' It kind of slams you into the moment."

"You start asking bigger questions, and you think, 'I need to slow down and just experience this moment now and not have the years race by."


Speaking to Vanity Fair again for their May 2024 issue, Hemsworth shared just how angry those headlines had made him at the time.

"It really kind of pissed me off because it felt like I had been vulnerable with something personal and shared this."

"No matter how much I said, 'This is not a death sentence,' the story became that I have dementia and I’m reconsidering life and retiring and so on."

Their family life in Byron Bay. 

In 2014, Pataky and Hemsworth bought a $7 million home in the coastal town of Byron Bay. 


"You're a little bit too much in the eye of the storm when you're living in Hollywood," Hemsworth explained to GQ last year.

"Living in Australia, it's also easier to detach myself from work - and you get a bit more leeway to let a few emails and phone calls slide on by."

They also temporarily relocated to Sydney in 2021 as both Hemsworth and Pataky worked on films at Sydney’s Fox Studios. 


"It’s a whole new experience. We are loving being in the city and the kids will go to school here," Pataky told Sydney Morning Herald at the time.

Pataky added: "I can’t dress down as much as I do in Byron Bay—we hope to get back there on the weekends. Byron has been beautiful. We made the right decision in 2014 to leave LA and come to Australia—it’s been great for the kids to be in nature, enjoy animals and go horse riding."


This story was originally published on May 26, 2021, and has since been updated with new information.

Feature image: Getty.

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