Chris Hemsworth has announced that he will “take some time off” from his acting career after discovering he has a predisposition to Alzheimer’s disease. In an interview with Vanity Fair, the star said he wants to spend more time with his wife and children after finding out he’s eight to 10 times more likely to develop the health condition than the general population.
Hemsworth made the discovery while filming his Disney+ series, “Limitless.” The documentary series is all about the human body and its capabilities and functions. In episode 5, he gets bloodwork done that revealed the presence of two genes linked to Alzheimer’s, one from each of his parents.
Of course, that’s not a guarantee that Chris Hemsworth will develop Alzheimer’s. A predisposition isn’t a guarantee, of course. However, what the actor learned “really triggered something in me to want to take some time off.” Hemsworth added that while he didn’t really know how to process the news, he wasn’t all that surprised as his grandfather has the condition.
He’s already put his plan to take a break into action. This isn’t just words — he’s serious about this. Hemsworth told Vanity Fair that his schedule is winding down already. “Since we finished the show, I’ve been completing the things I was already contracted to do,” he explained. “Now when I finish this tour [for Limitless] this week, I’m going home and I’m going to have a good chunk of time off and just simplify. Be with the kids, be with my wife.”
Don’t worry, he’s not quitting acting for good. Hemsworth said he still loves his career, he’s just not “so focused on the future” anymore. Instead, he wants to learn how to live in the moment and value what he has. “I’m going to recharge now and just not be so focused on the future — and what’s next? And what else is coming? And what haven’t I done?” he said. “I’m in a state of, not passive, but a little more surrendering to [the idea that] things are as they are. I don’t mean that in a sort of apathetic way, but there’s a stillness to my thinking about it all now.”