Chris Hemsworth's gut-wrenching admission: 'Could be killing me'

The Aussie star opened up about what got him into acting, detailing his parents' financial distress.

Chris Hemsworth and Elsa Pataky
Chris Hemsworth and his wife Elsa Pataky. Photo:

Australian superstar Chris Hemsworth has given a candid interview about how his successful acting career has evoked stress and 'huge anxiety' in his life, after admitting he got into acting after learning of his parents' financial struggles.

With his series Limitless now airing on Channel 9 and 9Now, the 40-year-old star opened up about the moment he turned to acting saying his motivation came from wanting to help his parents out financially.

“If I’m totally honest, I did acting to get my parents out of debt,” Chris revealed. “Talking to my dad about when he’s going to be able to pay the bank off and him saying, ‘Never, we’ll die having to pay it off,’ … that kind of really [bothered] me from a very young age.”

He went on to say the conversation with his dad played a big part in his work ethic, saying that he still feels unresolved stress from that period of his life that impacts how he lives today.


Chris Hemsworth in Limitless
Chris Hemsworth in Limitless. Photo: Disney+

“What gives me huge anxiety and evokes stress is when I’m trying to take care of too many things, too many projects. I still have these thoughts of like, it’s all going to go away if I don’t say yes to these things. I can still feel stress eating away at me, and I don’t want it to rule my life," he shared. "It could be killing me."


The series, which was filmed in 2022, follows Chris' journey to discover how to live better for longer, with the help of world-class experts, family, and friends. The journey included how the Hollywood star discovered that he faced a high-risk of getting Alzheimer’s disease, with the actor discovering while filming the documentary that he had an eight to 10 times higher chance than the average person of developing the disease.

Chris Hemsworth is slowing down his schedule after finding out he could be prone to Alzheimer's disease. Photo:
Chris Hemsworth is slowing down his schedule after finding out he could be prone to Alzheimer's disease. Photo:

Since the news, Chris has spoken candidly about what he's doing to transform his life and shift his energy to focus on his brain and mental health. In an interview with Men's Health, he credited meditation, breath work, sauna and ice bath routines, and a consistent sleep schedule for keeping him on track.

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