A few weeks I started a new job. I had that nervous/excited feeling just like I used to have at the start of a new school year. Except, I didn’t have a brand spanking new set of Derwent pencils in my backpack or my Mum waving from the front seat of her SL Commodore. I was on my own this time… or at least that’s what I thought. It wouldn’t have been more than 45 minutes into day one when I felt his presence. It’s a mix of extraverted energy, Nordic good looks and determination. My new boss just slipped it in the conversation, without even batting an eyelid. I wasn’t really expecting it and to be honest my heart didn’t sink, but there was definitely a sigh. Obviously, I had been Googled and the best thing the internet knows about me had been discovered. I was Chris Hemsworth’s dance partner on ‘Dancing with the Stars’. I took a deep breath and launched into the spiel…
…’Yes, I was his partner on DWTS… 10 years ago. He’s lovely. He wasn’t a very good dancer… Very tall. 6’ 3”. We came 6th. No, that’s Liam. Yep…Thor, YEP! I’ve never been to his house in Byron Bay. No,we don’t keep in touch.…’
I try not to make it the most interesting thing about me but it always comes up. I’d have thought by now it would be old news. It’s been over 10 years! But Hemsy’s career, profile and public adoration continues to grow. I’m constantly tagged in social media posts of him, usually shirtless. Then, the next day, there is a news story about said shirtless picture breaking the internet (how does that make the news..?!). I’m not exaggerating when I say his name is mentioned to me daily. People ask me strange questions about him and they all want to know if I’ve met Miley Cyrus. Unfortunately, I have not (heart sigh’s again). I do secretly enjoy the attention that it brings me, however it does make me quite aware of my own bad life choices and lack of success (I really wish I’d listened in school). This Tag Heuer advert is particularly confronting to me as I feel like the whole campaign is targeted at my unfulfilled dreams. Especially when I see this as I’m using public transport, the second lowest form of poverty. 7/11 coffee being the first.
A few years ago I was interviewed by a New York magazine (… “A” New York magazine not ‘New York Magazine’). The feature article was on how Chris Hemsworth is arguably the most successful celebrity to have participated in any of the ‘Dancing with the Stars’ franchises world wide. I was very complimentary in my interview but the only thing they printed was a negative comment about his lack of dance skills. I was being honest, he was no good at dancing, but I now feel regretful for neglecting to mention that I’m not at all surprised by his success.
My experience of Chris Hemsworth was always positive. A superhuman with a bloody good work ethic, a happy disposition and a big heart. He grew up in a beautiful family and to my knowledge he has everything he’s ever wanted. And through all his achievements and success I’m sure he’s still that down to earth bloke with a pocket full of dreams. I’m also confident he can still recite every single word from the movie: ‘Point Break’ and never has any cash on him, so you’re the one who has to shout him a coffee! I’ll always see him as the kid who introduced me to David Gray, tried to teach me to surf and loved himself sick driving around the Northern Beaches in his VT Commodore. But, he’s also the kid who taught me that if you want something the only person who will stop you from getting it, is yourself.
So instead of presenting my seldom used headshot as my identification photo for my new job. I printed this photo of Hemsy and I, framed it, and added it to the wall of employees (with a smirk this time, not a sigh).
I think in some ways he’ll always be a part of my life and as long as he’s successful, popular and shirtless, people will continue to mention him to me. And let’s be honest, I’m more than flattered by the association.
The world’s fascination with Hemsy isn’t going away anytime soon. So I carry on, like any other Hemsworth enthusiast would. Delivering my daily spiel and reliving the best thing the internet knows about me.
This is, my life with Chris Hemsworth.