Liam Hemsworth is an Australian actor best known for his roles as Josh Taylor in the soap opera Neighbours and as “Marcus” on the children’s television series The Elephant Princess. He will next appear in the upcoming American film The Last Song, to be released on April 2, 2010.
Liam Hemsworth was born in 1990 in Melbourne, Australia. When Hemsworth was in year 8, he and his family relocated to Phillip Island, a small beach town. Hemsworth says he spent a lot of time surfing with his brothers. According to Hemsworth’s classmate Laura Griffin, “All the girls liked him. He was popular, a bit of a joker and made me laugh.” Griffin claims she and Liam began dating the following year. Hemsworth laid floors while working in construction for six months.
Hemsworth’s older brothers Chris Hemsworth and Luke Hemsworth are also actors. Hemsworth says that though there is competition for jobs between them, it is friendly: “We are brothers and we are always competitive, but it is a good thing, it pushes us both and we are always happy whenever someone books something.” In 2009, Hemsworth moved to the United States to pursue his career there. He and his brother Chris first stayed in the guest house of Chris Hemsworth’s agent William Ward before renting their own Los Angeles apartment in which they currently reside.
During summer 2009, Griffin claims Hemsworth returned to Australia after filming The Last Song to end their five year relationship. Griffin believes Hemsworth did so in order to date his co-star in The Last Song, actress Miley Cyrus. Both Hemsworth and Cyrus have not confirmed their alleged relationship. In an interview for Seventeen magazine, Cyrus said, “We’ve decided that any type of relationship that we have, we will always just keep it very DL. First and foremost, we are best friends, so that’s what I tell people all the time.” Hemsworth appeared at a dinner event in September 2009 to promote Foxtel, an Australian pay television company.
Hemsworth began to seriously consider becoming an actor in high school. He hired an agent and began his acting career on Australian television. During the week of July 8, 2007, Hemsworth began filming episodes for the Australian soap opera Neighbours, which his brothers had previously starred in. Hemsworth’s character, Josh Taylor, was a recurring character from 2007 to 2008. In the show, Josh was an athletic parapalegic who supported and began a relationship with character Bridget Parker after she was paralyzed down one side of her body in a car crash. In 2008, he acted on the children’s television show The Elephant Princess, playing “Marcus”, the attractive lead guitarist of the protagonist’s band. Hemsworth had roles in the television series Satisfaction, Home and Away, McLeod’s Daughters and has starred in the movies Knowing and Triangle.
In 2009, Hemsworth was selected to act opposite Sylvester Stallone in Stallone’s 2010 film, The Expendables, but his character was written out of the script. Hemsworth’s brother, Chris, told Movieline that just a few hours after Hemsworth learned he would not appear in The Expendables, Kenneth Branagh called to ask him to test for the lead role in the 2011 film Thor. Hemsworth moved to the States in April for screen tests. Though he eventually lost the part to Chris in May, Disney announced later that same week that Hemsworth had landed the part of Will Blakelee in the 2010 drama The Last Song, based on the Nicholas Sparks novel by the same name. Hemsworth plays the love interest of Miley Cyrus’s character in the film. Nikki Finke reported that Hemsworth had been in Los Angeles for just three weeks and had not yet found an agent when he was cast. Hemsworth next appeared in the music video for Cyrus’ “When I Look at You” which was recorded on August 16, 2009.
2009 Knowing – Spencer
2009 Triangle – Victor
2010 The Last Song - Will Blakelee