It looks like actor Liam Hemsworth will have two breakout roles this year: professionally as Gale Hawthorn in the movie adaptation of Suzanne Collins's "The Hunger Games," and personally as the newly minted fiancé of no-longer teen star Miley Cyrus.
So who is this Australian cutie set to marry the former "Hannah Montana"? Here are four things to know about Liam Hemsworth.
He's the baby
Liam, 22, is the youngest of three boys. His older brothers Luke and Chris are also actors. Oldest brother Luke may not be familiar to American audiences, as he's mainly worked in Australian TV. He's had a string of shows, with the most recent a miniseries called "Bikie Wars: Brothers in Arms" about a major motorcycle gang war (a "bikie" in Australia is a member of a biker gang).
Middle brother Chris, though, should be pretty recognizable as the title superhero from "Thor" and this year's box office hammer "The Avengers." With an older brother who's a superhero, Liam has a lot to inspire him.
He fell for an office romance
Though "The Hunger Games" may be his biggest career movie to date, "The Last Song" introduced Hemsworth to Miley. The film, a parent-child relationship drama, was peppered with a romance between Liam and Miley's characters, a romance that apparently stuck.
Though the critical and audience reception of the film was lukewarm, it still pulled in $62 million at the box office, which isn't too bad. Not many people get to have a movie as a memento of when they fell in love (unless you're Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, of course).
His good looks don't stand out, and that's a huge asset
In contrast to his brother, Chris, who has the distinctive look of, well, a Norse god, or his brother Luke, who looks exactly like that guy you know, you know which guy, that one, the nice one, only better looking, Liam has that unusual, unobtrusive combination of features that can take on anything. It's not that his face is forgettable; he has a look that doesn't get in the way of his roles. If a part calls for him to be handsome, he can be handsome; if a part calls for him to just "be," he can just "be."
If Liam can demonstrate the talent to go along with the kind of face that could be anyone, he could have an incredibly solid career; a leading man whose looks aren't front and center is rare. Johnny Depp, for example, has often worked extensively to dampen the effect of his appearance in his films for more believability so the character, rather than his unique look, shines through. Liam has an advantage in that arena, but it's lost if he doesn't have the chops to back it up.
If you don't know him now, you will
Liam has two more films coming out this year: "Love and Honor" and "The Expendables 2," with five more in production or development, including the currently filming "Empire State" with Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. The youngest Hemsworth is also attached to "Paranoia," described as in pre-production, with Harrison Ford and Gary Oldman and "Arabian Nights," which is rumored to also involve Johnson as well as Anthony Hopkins.
In about eight months or so Liam will suddenly be everywhere, and it won't be because people are talking about a possible wedding date. Poised for an impressive career completely apart from his romantic life, Liam's on a trajectory to become a hot young leading man.
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