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From Home & Away to LA

Article from: The Daily Telegraph

July 27, 2007 12:00am

IT'S one of those overnight success stories you hear about in Hollywood, but for former Home & Away heartthrob Chris Hemsworth, it's the reel deal of a lifetime.

The popular TV personality has made the leap from small screen to Tinseltown in just two months, landing his first role as the leading man in a new revenge thriller.

While seasoned stars like Naomi Watts toiled for 20 years for their big break, Hemsworth hit the audition circuit just 8 weeks ago, confirming his first shot at international fame yesterday.

The talented 23-year-old will play a young man caught up in an illegal operation in The Cache, opposite actor Sean Bean slated as the bad guy.

Hemsworth, who played Kym Hyde in the Summer Bay soap for three years, only set his sights on a living in Los Angeles late last year.

His Sydney manager Mark Morrissey introduced his young charge to LA agents two months ago, with the rest quickly history.

With visas and Actors' Equity work permits given the greenlight yesterday, the young hunk is now in pre-production with the flick's director Steve Anderson.

Hemsworth's popular soap character only left our TV screens in May, leaving a trail of teenage fans heartbroken.

His ex-girlfriend and one-time castmate Isabel Lucas had also headed to La La Land, but has not attracted the same attention as her former beau.

A quick step on the Dancing With The Stars stage last year also helped to broaden his appeal nationally, before the bright lights of Hollywood beckoned.

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Wow, just goes to show how far a pretty face can get you! To be fair, I'm sure Chris has worked hard for this and I'm pleased he's doing well, but I am a bit surprised that he's taking on a lead role already. Three years ago he couldn't act for toffee, and now he's got to carry a Hollywood film? That's one hell of a challenge. Good luck to him, though.

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