Balancing family time, work time and relationship time is a challenge for the best of us, but add in a very high-profile Hollywood career and it’s apparently enough to nearly fracture a marriage, or so says actor Chris Hemsworth.
In a recent story for GQ Australia, Chris revealed that carving out a hugely successful acting career has had its benefits, but it’s also been very tough on his relationship with wife, Elsa Pataky.
The GQ piece is a complimentary and candid glimpse into Hemsworth and Pataky’s seemingly glamorous Byron Bay life, but it also shows that things are not always as peachy as they seem.
Elsa and Chris have three kids together, 5-year-old India and 3-year-old twins Tristan and Sasha. He says that as much as he wants to be at home and hang out with his family, he’s in a precarious position establishing himself in super-competitive Hollywood and it’s not the right time to be taking time out. This commitment to career has thrown out some challenging consequences that the couple have apparently overcome.
“My wife and I fell in love, had kids, didn’t really see each other for a few years, then fell back in love,” Chris told GQ.
The long game
Chris says that Elsa’s spent lots more time with their kids – and made countless professional sacrifices – but it’s been necessary to secure their future.
“In terms of work, [Elsa has] 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,” Chris admitted.
“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.”
Go the eff to sleep?
Chris admits that when it comes down to it, he and Elsa are like any other couple with small children, struggling to make time for each other and hankering for a decent night’s sleep, more than anything else.
“Once you have children, every instinct and every moment of your time is consumed by that. You’ve got nothing for each other – so make sure you have date night even if it’s once in a blue moon, because most of the time you’re just too tired and you’d actually prefer to sleep.”
This all sounds very relatable and familiar. We’re kind of loving the fact that Chris is being so candid about the struggle balancing relationships and parenting can be. Here’s hoping these guys continue to keep things on track.