In an interview with Parade (opens in new tab), Chris Hemsworth (who's currently promoting his new film, In the Heart of the Sea), opened up about fatherhood and the profound effect being a parent has had on him. And because there weren't enough reasons to love the Aussie actor already, he went ahead and shared the most swoon-worthy story involving his 3-year-old daughter, India.
"Last week, we were in the car driving somewhere, and my little girl was in the back seat with me. I was really tired, and I leaned over and I put my head on her lap, without even thinking about it. I just wanted to lie down a little bit and sleep because it was a 40-minute drive. And she started patting my head and singing a song through her pacifier," the 32-year-old recalled. "I don't even know what song it was. . .I looked at my wife, who was in the front seat, and she had tears in her eyes."
But wait. It gets better. And somehow even more adorable.
"There's the idea that we as parents spend all this time protecting our children. No, I think they're protecting us," he continued. "Sitting in the car with my head on her lap and her singing to me, there was this understanding of, 'Wow, she's looking after Dad, and that's her job.' You know? And that was such a joy. Oh, there's nothing better! It was the happiest moment of my life."
Hemsworth—who also shares twin sons, Tristan and Sasha, with model-actress wife Elsa Pataky—loves daddy duty so much he's even considered quitting Hollywood in favor of being a full-time father.
"There are other things in my life now—family, kids. I don't want to have to be in the position where I care if the phone stops ringing. I'm okay about potentially not acting," he admitted. "For the first time, it's not about me anymore. This internal dialogue about my own boring story isn't at the forefront of my thoughts. It's about them now, their welfare."
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