Once in love with Miley, always in love with Miley.
That was Liam Hemsworth’s surprise confession in Men’s Fitness magazine.
Miley Cyrus and Hemsworth met several years ago when they played opposite each other in The Last Song. It was a whirlwind romance, they became engaged, were planning a wedding until the actor abruptly broke it off.
When I spoke to him several years ago, I asked if he believed in love at first sight.
“A lot of the time love at first sight can be very superficial. You fall in love with someone because he or she is beautiful. But only a small percentage of the time does it blossom into something that is real.”
At the press conference in Berlin for the final instalment of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, he’d rather talk about his latest reveal, that he’s a Vegan and has been one for over a year.
So why turn your back on red meat?
“I had been seeing a blood doctor who told me red meat was good for me so I started eating a lot more red meat than I had been used to and ended up feeling very lethargic and not very healthy.
“I did that for a few weeks, and the more meat I was eating, the more I was thinking about animals. I am an animal lover, and the more I thought about it the more I felt like I was being hypocritical and at the same time physically I wasn’t feeling good.
“So I decided to go Vegan, and I have done it for about a year now. (Hunger Games co-star) Woody Harrelson has been a strong influence on all of us, and I e-mail him every month that I am still Vegan.
“It’s been nothing but positive and I believe it flows into the rest of my life.”
Not only is he uncommonly handsome in a manly sort of way, the 25-year-old is also poised and remarkably articulate considering he’s had only a high school education. But then he had enlightened parents to guide him.
You, Jennifer (Lawrence), and Josh (Hutcherson) have forged such a close bond. Now that The Hunger Games is over, what are you going to miss the most?
We’ll always be best friends; we are in constant contact, and we see each other as much as we can.
I will miss going to work with them and being in a different city together and having that intense period of time together, which is something we enjoyed the last few years, and being back on this press tour is great.
At the wrap party we stayed for a couple of hours and then went back and had our own wrap party. And just held each other and reflected.
In the movie, your character does something horrendous, which you’d never expect him to do. Has there been anything in your life when you did something you later regretted?
No, I mean, any choice I make, whether good or bad, I try to learn from it. There is definitely a lot of things that I have done growing up that maybe I shouldn’t have done, but specifically I can’t think of a terrible decision I’ve made.
I always try to stick by morals, and that comes from my family and the way they brought me up.
So you’ve never done anything foolish?
I definitely acted foolish at times. But my parents always gave us the freedom to make our own choices; they didn’t impose curfews on when we had to be home or things like that.
My mum and dad are the best parents in the world. They encouraged all of us to follow our dreams and reach for the stars.
There definitely were times when I did silly things; my uncles used to called me “Triple Six” because they said I was possessed by the devil, but that was until I was about 10, when I had a bit of a temper.
I would throw a tantrum really easily and fight with my brother Chris a lot, and chase him with brooms and knives. I don’t remember a lot of it, but I am a different person now. I have grown up a lot.
And now Chris is your best friend?
I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for him and for what he’s taught me over the years. Our relationship these days is great even though we don’t get to see each other as much as we’d like to.
In pursuing the same parts, are you guys still competitive?
No, there’s no rivalry, we’re more than happy for each other. Occasionally after a long separation we’ll have a good wrestle, but that’s about as far as our competition goes (laughs).
Are you both planning to spend Christmas with your family?
Yeah, Christmas time is usually the one time of the year that my whole family gets together. No matter where we are in the world, whether it’s back in Australia or in America, we’ll always spend that time with my family.
You grew up on a small island with a population of 7,000. Do you still keep in touch with friends back home?
I went back and spent a weekend at Phillip Island. Most of my friends that I grew up with have either moved away or have children.
One of my best friends has three kids, and so the week I was back in Australia, I was hanging out with him, holding his babies. Another of our best friends came over with her baby, and I was like, “God this is so weird, you guys have got kids now!”
Our lives are just so much different from when we grew up. We were a big group of girls and guys, and we all really liked hanging out with each other. I really miss all those people, so it was this weird, nostalgic, sad feeling being down there realising that everyone’s life is so different now and that we will never have that feeling again.
High school was a great time for me, something not many people can say.
So now that you’re fast approaching 30, what have you learned about love?
I’m still learning about love.
What about fashion? Are you fashion-minded?
I wear what I feel comfortable in, and I try to look good. I don’t know if it always works.
I might get a good outfit that I feel pretty good in, and someone might say that’s a good outfit, but I wouldn’t say that I’m fashion-minded.
I still wear US$25 Vans, and I don’t buy expensive clothes or anything like that.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 opens at cinemas nationwide today.