Article by Kaleem Aftab / independent.co.uk
Being ogled by Kate Winslet was part of the job description when 25-year-old Australian actor Liam Hemsworth signed up to star in The Dressmaker. On one of his first days on the set, Hemsworth was being sized up for a suit, and so was asked to strip down to his underwear, and display his athletic frame. It left Winslet and Aussie co-star Judy Davis in hysterics.
“When you are on set and you take your shirt off and you are the only person on set that is shirtless and pant-less, it’s awkward,” says the actor about being objectified. “Then you have Kate and Judy laughing hysterically and have a bunch of crew members, serious men, doing their work, and I’m standing there in my underwear, it’s pretty uncomfortable. But you have to laugh at it.”
After years of starring in the Hunger Games franchise, Hemsworth saw making the light-hearted adaptation of Rosalie Ham’s novel as the perfect way to take a break from the action scene that he and his older brother, Thor actor Chris, have found their hulking frames assigned to in Hollywood. Eldest sibling Luke was the first to get into the acting game with a stint on the long-running soap, Neighbours.
The youngest son of an English teacher and social services counsellor says that the trailblazing feats of his brothers encouraged him to pursue acting and not just feel that he was destined to work in a trade. His first job was working laying timber floors, which he did for six months before he started picking up regular acting gigs. He quickly followed Chris to America, cast to play Gale Hawthorne, Katniss’s friend and sometime lover in The Hunger Games.
“I had spent the last couple of years working in America and I lived in America for the past six years and I was looking for a project that would take me back to Australia,” he says. “This script came along and the character really reminded me of my grandfather, Keith.”
Co-Producer Jon Kilik, Co-Producer Nina Jacobson, Actor Liam Hemsworth, Actress Jennifer Lawrence, Actor Josh Hutcherson, Director Francis Lawrence and Actor Woody Harrelson attend the ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2′ Paris Premiere at Le Grand Rex on November 9, 2015 in Paris, France.
[November 09] The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 Paris – Photocall
[November 09] The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 Premiere at Le Grand Rex in Paris, France
Liam attended the book launch of ‘Tim Palen: Photographs From The Hunger Games’ along with Hunger Games Cast and crew Jon Kilik, Nina Jacobson, Woody Harrelson, Natalie Dormer, Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Sam Claflin at Maison Assouline on November 6, 2015 in London, England.