Liam Hemsworth is a popular Australian actor who developed an interest in acting after admiring his brothers, Chris Hemsworth (“Thor,” “Marvel’s The Avengers”) and television actor Luke Hemsworth (“Bikie Wars: Brothers in Arms”), for many years. Liam Hemsworth started his career playing the role of Josh Taylor in the Australian soap opera “Neighbours.” After completing his run on this show, he starred in an Australian children’s television series called “The Elephant Princess” and had a few guest roles in some low-budget films. Hemsworth was a struggling young actor before landing a role in “The Hunger Games,” which would change his life.
Hemsworth auditioned for and landed the role of Will Blakelee in “The Last Song,” starring actress and pop star Miley Cyrus. His role in this film not only earned him international fame, it also helped him win the first few awards of his acting career. Hemsworth won the Young Hollywood Breakthrough Actor of the Year Award as well as the Teen Choice Award for Male Breakout Performance in 2010. He also won the Australian Kids’ Choice Award for “Favorite Kiss,” which he shared with his fiancé Miley Cyrus. This movie not only had a major impact on his acting career, Hemsworth also became a teen heart throb after this film, and his personal life with Miley Cyrus began to thrive.
Cyrus and Hemsworth began dating in 2009 before the filming of “The Last Song” ended. The two were going strong for many months after the film wrapped, and Hemsworth appeared in Cyrus’s music video for the song “When I Look at You.” The couple called it quits in late 2010. The couple had an on-again-off-again romance before officially announcing their engagement in mid-2012. The public can’t seem to get enough of this couple, who are photographed continuously by paparazzi as they spend time together on the beach, walk through airports, or stroll through the park with their dogs. Hemsworth and Cyrus are known as much for their public displays of affection as they are for their singing and acting careers.
Aside from thriving in his personal life, Hemsworth had many other things to celebrate throughout 2012. Hemsworth starred in one of the year’s most popular and talked-about films: “The Hunger Games.” Hemsworth played Gale Hawthorne, a masculine, protective, attractive young man who gets angry very quickly. He won multiple awards for his role in this film, including the Teen Choice Award for Male Scene Stealer and the People’s Choice Award for his amazing chemistry with costars Jennifer Lawrence (“House at the End of the Street”) and Josh Hutcherson (“Journey to the Center of the Earth”). Hemsworth was also nominated for multiple MTV Movie Awards for his performance. The movie was a huge hit, making 2012 a breakout year for this young, rising star.
Hemsworth has a lot to look forward to in the year 2013. In late 2012, he completed the filming of “Empire State,” starring Emma Roberts (“Scream 4”) and Harrison Ford (“The Fugitive”), with the movie slated for release in mid-2013. He will also star in a sequel of “The Hunger Games,” reprising his role as Gale Hawthorne. “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” is a highly anticipated film that is set to be released at the end of 2013. Currently, Hemsworth is filming “Arabian Nights,” opposite Anthony Hopkins (“Legends of the Fall,” “Nixon”) and Dewayne Johnson (“Fast Five,” “Race to Witch Mountain”), and this film is set for release in 2014.
Aside from having a thriving personal life and an extremely busy work schedule, the young actor is also a philanthropist. Liam Hemsworth and his two brothers are ambassadors of the Australian Childhood foundation, a national charity that helps children who are victims of child abuse to overcome mental trauma. His dedication to this organization is partially due to his parents, who worked in the child protection field for almost 25 years. He believes that this organization provides a safe haven for children, and according to Hemsworth, he feels that part of his job as a public figure is to be a good role model for children.
Liam Hemsworth’s personal life and career are thriving right now. He is currently working on multiple projects that are sure to keep him in the limelight for at least the next few years.