After an impressive career “sprint” of more than a decade, during which actor Chris Hemsworth rose to become one of Hollywood’s biggest stars, now he is ready to slow down.
In a recent interview with Vanity Fair, the star announced that she will be taking “a little time off” after learning that she has a genetic predisposition to Alzheimer’s while filming the reality show Limitless.
In the fifth episode of the series, Hemsworth meets with a doctor. Then it becomes clear that the actor from “Thor” has a genetic predisposition to the disease.
His genetic makeup includes two copies of the APOE4 gene – one from his mother and one from his father. The combination in question is considered particularly decisive for the future development of Alzheimer’s. In Hemsworth’s case, it’s 8-10 times more likely.
His grandfather has now been diagnosed with the disease.
“I’m not sure he remembers much anymore. He keeps switching from Dutch, which is his mother tongue, to English,” explains Hemsworth. “He speaks Dutch and English and then starts mixing them up.”
As for his own condition, the actor explains that “it’s not a definitive diagnosis, but it’s still a strong indication.”
“I’m not retiring,” adds the Marvel star. “The revelation really provoked something in me to want to take some time off. I finished the show [Limitless], I also finish the things I already had a contract for. I’m going to go home, rest and just be with my kids and my wife.”
The reality show Limitless itself is a six-part National Geographic production (also available on Disney+ in Bulgaria), where Hemsworth explores the full potential of the human body with episodes dedicated to the science of longevity.
Initially, Disney proposed to remove the scenes in which Hemsworth discovers his predisposition to Alzheimer’s. However, the actor refused.
“Look, if it can be a motivation for people to take better care of themselves and also understand that there are steps they can take – then fantastic,” he explains. “My concern was that I didn’t want to over-manipulate or over-dramatize and turn everything into some kind of attempt to garner empathy or whatever.”
The other advantage he sees is that he can now take specific preventative measures and will further improve his sleep, fitness, nutrition and stress levels to minimize the potential of one day developing the disease.
“For me, the positive thing about it was that if I didn’t know that information, I wouldn’t have made the changes that I did,” Hemsworth says.