Celeb dad Chris Hemsworth went on "Ellen" recently to promote his new movie, "The Huntsman: Winter’s War," and the audience got some insight into the father of three and his little family. He's no average hearthtrob lead in a fantasy movie. He's a feminist dad who takes his job of raising the next generation seriously.
Even if there are some blips along the way.
Hemsworth told host Ellen DeGeneres that he sees "The Huntsman" as a very feminist fairy tale, something that has become increasingly important to him as the father of a 4-year-old daughter. He explained that his character is the one being rescued by powerful women. It's not the usual damsel-in-distress trope, and it's a story line that he's proud of and can't wait to share with his daughter.
"They're not waiting for the prince to rescue them; they can take over the world or lead armies and so on," Hemsworth told DeGeneres and the studio audience. "There's not enough of it, and there should be more."
So the two got into a discussion of raising little feminists, which is when Hemsworth shared an awkward moment he had recently with his girl—one that required quick thinking.
"My daughter is kind of envious of my boys at the moment," he told DeGeneres. "She came to me the other day and she was like, 'You know, Papa, I want one of those things that Sasha and Tristan have,'” referring to her twin 2-year-old brothers.
Hemsworth said he tried to clarify what exactly she was talking about and she said, "'You know the things in between the legs that you have.'"
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He tried to deflect, saying, "Girls have breasts" (which, well, they also have vaginas, but OK), but she was having none of that. She told him she didn't want breasts, she wanted a penis.
He stuttered. He relented. He said, "You know what, you can be whatever you want to be."
Good dad, Chris, good dad.
His daughter seemed to likedthe answer too. She thanked him and ran off to play.
He promised to pick up on the conversation in a few years.