How Chris Hemsworth helped his cousin land Home and Away role

    Chris Hemsworth and his siblings Liam and Luke may be creating a name for themselves in Hollywood, but another Hemsworth family member is succeeding in the Australian entertainment scene.

    Luke Van Os, 25, made his acting debut as paramedic Xavier on Home and Away earlier this year. His father Robert is the brother of Chris’ mother Leonie.

    Fans of the long-running soap drama will no doubt recall that Chris began his career in Summer Bay from 2004 to 2007, portraying Kim Hyde.

    In a recent conversation with David ‘Kochie’ Koch on Sunrise, the Thor actor mentioned his cousin Luke’s acting role and expressed his happiness at his accomplishment.

    He said, “Home and Away was, and still is, one of my favorite experiences on screen. And it was great to be a young man working on the beach right out of high school onto the set.

    He had an audition and I said, ‘Oh let’s talk’, so we jumped on Zoom and we did a bunch of sessions there,” he continued.

    “It was really nostalgic for me and drummed up a whole lot of nervous butterflies that I had years ago. Because as I’m reading these other characters I was just having a giggle going, ‘Oh my god, I remember all of this’. It all just came flooding back.

    “So yeah, I’m so happy for him and it sounds like he’s having a great time.”

    Luke previously spoke with The Daily Telegraph about his audition process and how his famous cousin helped him out.

    “When I was asked for a callback for the chemistry test, I actually zoomed with Chris the night before and we ran it (the scene) and kind of just got into a good headspace,” he said.

    “His advise was to be pleasant, put in the work, and the job doesn’t stop now; in fact, this is the time to work hard,” one person recalled.

    Luke and Liam, his cousins who both had roles in Neighbours before becoming well-known in the US, were also “a wonderful help,” he continued.

    Having any kind of sound guidance from someone who has experience in the profession is such a benefit because it can be so tough and difficult to navigate.

    Chris’ remarks came shortly after he discussed filming his well-known naked scene with Yahoo Lifestyle on the red carpet for the Thor: Love and Thunder Sydney premiere.

    Yes, he admitted, “I literally worked my butt off for this film, as I do for all the Thor flicks.

    You put in the hard effort and hopefully see the results, but I have to consume an absurd quantity of protein and exercise endlessly!


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