Elsa Pataky and Chris Hemsworth‘s relationship is not exactly easy.
In a new interview with Australia’s Body + Soul, Pataky explained how she and Hemsworth have been through a rollercoaster of emotions together.
“It’s funny that people think of us as a perfect couple,” the 44-year-old actress said. “No way. It’s been ups and downs, and we still keep working at the relationship.”
In December, Pataky and Hemsworth will celebrate their 10th wedding anniversary in December. The couple is parents to an 8-year-old daughter, India Rose, and 6-year-old twins, Sasha and Tristan.
“I think a relationship is constant work,” Pataky revealed to the outlet. “It’s not easy.” But as Pataky noted, the couple is stronger after ten years together, adding, “I always try to see the positives of things.”
Pataky also touched on her and Hemsworth’s shared passion for staying active. “[Chris and I] love to do sports, eat healthy and move our bodies,” she said.
“We’ve got the kids into surfing. Any hobbies to get them outside, and not on social media and computers. My daughter has been horseriding with me since she was two-and-a-half.”
Pataky also revealed how she had to “slow down” during her pregnancies and how she wasn’t able to exercise as much as she wanted.
“I remember feeling a bit lost when I had India,” Pataky shared. “I thought my life was going to be the same [when I had kids] and I would keep working. But I couldn’t. Chris would come home and say, ‘How was your day?’ And I didn’t feel proud to say: ‘I’m just a mum.’ But you should. Because it’s the hardest but greatest job in the world.”
“I really liked being with the kids,” she continued.”I wanted to take them to school and pick them up every day. I just love that moment. I didn’t grow up with my parents [around] and I missed that so much, so I wanted to give that to my kids.”
And when it comes to taking on new projects, her family always comes first. “I love acting, but having balance is important to me,” Pataky explained. “So, if something comes along that fits into my life and lets me work close to home, then I’m happy to do it.”
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.