Chris Hemsworth’s daughter was in Thor: Love and Thunder. The latest Marvel sequel is a family affair, featuring tiny Hemsworths, Portmans, Waititis, and Bales.
Chris Hemsworth stars in Thor: Love and Thunder, the latest Marvel adventure featuring his jacked Viking space hero. Directed by Taika Waititi, Love and Thunder mark Hemsworth’s fourth solo Marvel film — but this time, he brought a few more Hemsworths with him.
The actor’s real-life daughter India plays Christian Bale‘s daughter in the film, later revealed to be a character named “Love.” (Together, she and Thor make up the titular Love and Thunder.) Hemsworth’s two twin sons Tristan and Sasha also appear in the film, with one of them playing young Thor in a flashback scene. Hemsworth’s real-life wife, Elsa Pataky, can also be glimpsed in an early scene where Thor makes out with a wolf woman.
Chris Hemsworth on His ‘Love’ Daughter In Thor 4
Speaking with film critic Kevin McCarthy, Thor: Love and Thunder star Chris Hemsworth discussed his daughter’s role in the movie as Love, the daughter of Gorr the God Butcher.
While also touching on his twin sons playing roles in the movie, Hemsworth admitted that his kids wanted to be part of the movie, remembering how Taika Waititi, Christian Bale, and Natalie Portman brought their kids along too. Even though he isn’t pushing his kids to become child actors after this movie, he loved the chance to work with them under the Marvel umbrella:
“It’s really cool. They really wanted to be in it, y’know? And Taika had his children in there, Bale had his, Natalie had her kids as well. That’s my daughter as well, she plays the character of Love. And y’know, it felt sort of like a one-off, fun family experience. I don’t want them to now go on to be child stars and actors. It was just a special sort of experience we all had and they loved it, they had a great time.”
Hemsworth says with a laugh, that his daughter took some time to get used to all of Bale’s prosthetics and elaborate villain makeup. Hemsworth added on to that moment, remembering how India was “supposed to kiss [Bale] on top of the head” and exclaimed about how “sticky” it was:
“She’s supposed to kiss [Christian] on the top of the head, and she’s like, ‘It’s all sticky,'” Hemsworth recalls. “I was like, ‘India, you’re not actually kissing his head!’ She was like, ‘It’s sticky!'”
Hemsworth isn’t the only actor who brought his kids to set, either. Marvel has confirmed that Natalie Portman’s children, Bale’s kids, and one of Waititi’s daughters are also featured in the film.
During EW’s Around the Table interview with the Love and Thunder cast, Bale opened up about acting opposite Hemsworth’s daughter, saying he saw firsthand “what a good dad” the actor is.
“One of the memorable bits for me was working with India, with Chris’s little girl,” Bale explains. “She was so magnificent in it. But it was also so cute seeing your relationship, and her having to be like, ‘Who’s this weird bald bloke who’s all covered in scars and crying over [me]?’ [I saw] what a good dad you are, gently coaxing her through it, like, ‘No, just stay there. I know he’s a bit disgusting, but just stay there.'”
Bale also looked back to one of the movie’s biggest scenes, where Gorr had Thor, Jane, and Valkyrie tied up and gagged in the Shadow Realm. After joking about feeling “like a demented nun,” he shared his hopes that this moment didn’t take anything away from the overall results of Thor 4:
“I think it was three days of you guys all being gagged, and I think the actual writing was like that (small), and then I must have done that (big), so I kept on going and you were shouting things at me and I was coming up with stuff and acting. I felt like a demented nun or something. All I could see was your eyes, and I was just going ‘Oh my god,’ are they looking at me going ‘Oh, s***, this is the worst thing ever!’ Because no one can respond to me. And then I did also notice that none of that ended up in the film, so I think that must have been the answer, it was the worst thing! But it was a nice little trial by fire, I’ve seen what works.”
Hemsworth expressed his joy to be working with so many familiar faces again, as well as Christian Bale while noting how much fun he had shooting the fight scenes with the Oscar-winner. He even remembered feeling a little nervous that those moments might be “too much in a Disney film” and a little too scary for some kids, including his own:
Yeah, I absolutely enjoyed that, teaming up with Natalie again, Tessa, and then Christian, who I hadn’t worked with. I mean the whole thing was a joy, but those fight scenes are always so much fun, and especially that first day that Christian was talking about. We didn’t know what he was going to do; we had a rough idea and then he came in and was incredibly intimidating and scary and I thought ‘This is going to be too much in a Disney film,’ but it worked. Too scary, yeah like, I’m scared my kids are gonna run out of the theater.
In an interview with Marvel.com, Waititi said he hadn’t initially planned to cast so many of his stars’ children, but the set quickly turned into a family affair. For the scenes where Bale’s villain Gorr summons shadow monsters, Waititi asked his kids and his collaborators’ kids to help draw what the monsters might look like, images that the Visual Development team then brought to life.
“It’s amazing,” Waititi told Marvel. “I really love the idea that my kids can look back on this moment and be like, oh wow, we were there. There’s a record of it.”
India Hemsworth’s Time to Shine With Marvel
Chris Hemsworth has often brought his family in to help with some minor roles in his Marvel movies, including his wife Elsa Pataky appearing in three of the four Thor solo movies to date. Now, with his kids getting a little older, it’s great to see him being such a supportive father and allowing them to have the opportunity for a few minutes of shine in the latest MCU blockbuster.
Hemsworth’s daughter got a particularly fun role to play as Gorr the God Butcher’s child, who wound up being under Thor’s care by the time the credits began rolling.
Seeing the chemistry between Chris and India hit fans right in the heart, especially among so many other deeply emotional moments throughout the plot. It was clear that the entire Hemsworth family enjoyed this opportunity immensely, and while Love’s role in the MCU’s future is a mystery, India made the most of her time working with her dad.
Thor: Love and Thunder is now playing in theaters worldwide.