Chris Hemsworth Describes the Most Perfect Car Ride with His Daughter in ‘Parade’ Magazine

Stand back—your heart’s about to explode.

Chris Hemsworth, Aussie hunk of Thor fame, basks in the afterglow of his experience filming Ron Howard’s upcoming film In the Heart of the Sea to Parade magazine. He describes the undertaking of his role as a “big challenge” that provided a welcome opportunity to take risks in his acting career.

“It really was the first film where I just let it happen. It came from inside me.”

He tells Parade that a telling habit of dreaming of the extraordinary distracted him from school work from a very young age. “Before I knew I wanted to act, I loved movies, books, storytelling,” says Hemsworth. “But I didn’t love school, sitting still, starting and ending each day doing the same thing at the same place. I wanted adventure, and acting is the one thing that keeps surprising me.”

It runs in the family, as both of his brothers, Luke and Liam, are finger-lickin’ good actors as well. However, he and his wife, actress Elsa Pataky, recently decided to move their family back to Australia to get away from the bustle of Los Angeles. “We’d leave the house and there would be six paparazzi out in front,” says Hemsworth. “In L.A., more than anywhere else in the world, paparazzi are everywhere, 24/7. We felt suffocated.”

Their family now leads a private life on Phillip Island near his parents where they can enjoy the quiet, everyday moments that might otherwise get lost behind paparazzi flashbulbs. Hemsworth describes a precious scene from a 40-minute car ride where he was sharing the backseat with his daughter. “I was really tired, and I leaned over and I put my head on her lap, without even thinking about it,” he says. “And she started patting my head and singing a song through her pacifier. I don’t even know what song it was. It was… [hums]. I looked at my wife, who was in the front seat, and she had tears in her eyes.”

Read Chris Hemsworth’s full interview over on In the Heart of the Sea hits theaters on Friday, Dec. 11, 2015.