Liam Hemsworth (born January 13, 1990) is an Australian actor.
Hemsworth got his start in Australian television, holding roles on Neighbours and The Elephant Princess, among others. He soon broke out into the American film industry, appearing in movies like Knowing and The Last Song.
He's perhaps best known as Gale Hawthorne in the Hunger Games film series, starring in all four movies of the franchise, opposite Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson. He's since appeared in other action films like The Expendables 2, Paranoia, and Independence Day: Resurgence.
- Neighbours (2007) as Josh Taylor
- The Elephant Princess (2008) as Marcus
- Knowing (2009) as Spencer
- The Last Song (2010) as Will Blakelee
- The Hunger Games (2012 — 2015) as Gale Hawthorne:
- The Expendables 2 (2012) as Billy "The Kid" Timmons
- Paranoia (2013) as Adam Cassidy
- The Dressmaker (2015) as Ted McSwiney
- Workaholics (2016) as Cushing Ward
- Independence Day: Resurgence (2016) as Jake Morrison
He provides examples of the following tropes:
- Advertised Extra: For The Hunger Games he was given prominent billing and usually did interviews alongside the film's two leads - Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson - despite not featuring in the film past the first act. This was because Gale becomes more prominent in the sequels, where his screen time justifies such high billing.
- Deleted Role: He was cast in The Expendables but the character was dropped from the script before filming even began. He later appeared in the second film.
- Enforced Method Acting: Jennifer Lawrence trolled him for the Mockingjay film - by eating fish and garlic before their kissing scenes to make them realistically awkward.
- Fake American: As with most Aussies who break into Hollywood, he plays this more than his own nationality.
- One of Us: He's a big film geek - naming The Goonies, The Departed, Step Brothers and A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints as his favourites. His favourite TV show was also Charmed.
- Romance on the Set: He met Miley Cyrus while filming The Last Song, and has been romantically involved with her since; they're currently engaged, but were broken up for a while.
- Star-Making Role: Despite it being a bit part, Gale Hawthorn in the first The Hunger Games movie immediately rocketed him to household name status, coupled with his brother's own star-making role a year earlier.
- What Could Have Been: He auditioned for Thor and got as far as being screen-tested. His brother ultimately got the part.