OMG you guys, can you even BELIEVE Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth are engaged? Can you BELIEVE how young they are? Can you BELIEVE I'm so ancient and unhip I actually wasn't sure who Liam Hemsworth was until recently because I got him all confused with the other Hunger Games dude even though they look nothing alike?
If you, like me, need a quick primer on All Things Liam to properly climb aboard the Miley Engagement Gossip Train, never fear! I've got you covered, and you big-time Liam fans may even learn a little trivia along the way. Behold, 10 things to know about the dude who liked it enough to put a ring on it, the man second in line to inherit the Most Handsome Hemsworth Brother Throne (sorry, Chris FTW), Miley's Salvia hallucination himself, Liam HEMMMMMSWOOOOOORTH:
The Miley Connection. Without the help of an agent and after only being in the U.S. for a few weeks, Liam landed a starring role alongside Miley Cyrus in the 2010 The Last Song, and he also appeared in the music video for Miley's song "When I Look at You," which was used to promote the film. How was their chemistry on film, you ask? Well, according to this review at Rotten Tomatoes, it was DOWNRIGHT AMAZING!
Cyrus and Hemsworth ... represent some kind of theoretical low for how terrible two romantic leads can be, together and separately.
G'Day Mates. Liam is Australian, and both of his his older brothers are actors. You probably knew about Chris Hemworth, but did you know about Luke? Aussie Actor Trifecta!
His Sudsy Background. Before he moved to the U.S., Liam got his start in show biz on the Australian soap opera Neighbours where he played Josh Taylor, an athletic paraplegic.
His Surfy Background. When Hemsworth was in middle school, he and his family relocated to Phillip Island where he spent much of his time surfing with his brothers. He says,
I surfed competitively and made it to the state rounds where I was competing with the top surfers in Victoria. We travelled everywhere. All my friends were surfers. All we wanted to be was Kelly Slater.
He's Super Freaking Tall. At 6'5", he's a full foot taller than Miley.
Almost an Avenger. Liam was thisclose to being cast as Thor before losing the role to older brother, Chris.
Speaking of Sibling Rivalry ... Apparently he fought so much with his brother Chris as a kid they had to be separated for a few months. Also, he almost committed fratricide:
I was the naughtiest brat as a child; my grandpa gave my brother the kind of knife you can throw at a tree and it will stick but I threw it at Chris’s head one day and luckily only the handle hit him in the forehead!
But Now They're Totally Cool. Liam now lives with Chris in Los Angeles. (Mmmmm, manwich.) Apparently they first stayed in the guest house of Chris's agent William Ward before renting their own place.
Gale's Diet. Liam’s brother advised him to lose weight for The Hunger Games, because, well, his character is supposed to be starving. Liam ended up training 5-6 days a week and eating one meal a day for the role.
His Philanthropist Side. Liam is the ambassador of the Australian Childhood Foundation, and he said of his association with the foundation,
I have the best parents you can have. They have worked in child protection for twenty years and have only ever given me encouragement and support. The world is a scary enough place as it is for children. It is important that home should always be a safe place for them.
Are you a Liam Hemsworth fan? What do you think about his engagement to Miley—do you predict it will last?
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