Q: Is it true Chris Hemsworth used to be on a soap opera?

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Adam Thomlison / TV Media

A:You may not know it from the placeless accent he puts on as Thor in the Avengers movies, but Chris Hemsworth is from Australia. It was there that he got his start, on the long-running soap "Home and Away."

He was on the show for three years, from 2004 to 2007, and though it wasn't his first role (he'd done a few small TV roles prior, including one on competing Aussie soap "Neighbours"), it was by far his biggest until he moved to the U.S. and became a megastar, seemingly overnight.

While not actually overnight, his first American role was in a pretty big movie: Hemsworth played Capt. Kirk's (Chris Pine, "Wonder Woman," 2017) father, George, in the 2009 big-screen "Star Trek" reboot, but was only on screen briefly.

His rapid rise may, in fact, be due to his time on "Home and Away." He made a splash in the role, earning a Logie Award (basically an Australian Emmy) for best newcomer in 2005 and was nominated for two more.


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