Chris Hemsworth moved back to Australia because he found Los Angeles “a bit suffocating”.

The actor, who has made a name for himself as a leading man in the movie business, has spoken about his decision to move back to his native country along with his wife, Elsa Pataky, and their three young children.

Chris, 32, and Madrid-born actress Elsa, 39, recently moved their brood – daughter India, three, and two-year-old twin boys, Tristan and Sasha – to Byron Bay, New South Wales, for a more peaceful family life away from Hollywood.

“I love what I do as an actor, but when you are surrounded by it constantly, it becomes a bit suffocating,” he says in the latest issue of Modern Luxury about his life in LA.

The Ghostbusters star admitted he found it a “tough” place to raise children, and enjoyed living in a community that wasn’t obsessed with the film industry.


“We were living shoulder to shoulder in the suburbs and thought that’s not how we want our kids to grow up,” he shared. “There’s not a whole lot of foot traffic. It was all about loading up the car and car seats. Here, we just walk out the door and head to the beach down the street. It’s a much more simple life.”

Chris added that he may be a Hollywood star and 2014’s Sexiest Man Alive, but at home he’s just “Dad”.

“It’s no longer all about me, which is quite refreshing,” he shared, adding, “Once the kids arrived, I was like, ‘Wow, this is what life is about’.”

Living the simple life means keeping their children out of the spotlight as much as possible, though Elsa did recently share a sweet Instagram snap of Chris wrapping his two boys in a big hug to celebrate their second birthday.



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