Australian-born actor Liam Hemsworth is lighting up the news this week with his engagement to former Disney star and singer Miley Cyrus.
Cyrus, whose childhood has had several tumultuous turns and controversies, has grown up in the limelight following the lead of her country singing star father Billy Ray Cyrus.
Cyrus, 19, became most well known for her role as Hannah Montana on the Disney Channel, but saw much criticism when she made a sultry transition into a saucy pop star in 2010. The star is reportedly working on her fourth studio album to be completed before her marriage to 22-year-old Hemsworth, which is rumored to be “very adult and sexy.”
Not surprisingly, the former Disney star has picked a proper suitor who’s seen nearly as much fame as she has herself. Born in Melbourne, Australia, to a family that seemingly breeds actors, Hemsworth began acting in his teens and moved to the U.S. in 2009 to further pursue his career. His most recent role as Gale in the Hunger Games catapulted him to fame.
Good looks didn’t hurt Hemsworth’s chances in making it big in Hollywood. And while some of it may be genetic, the acting heartthrob works hard on his physique, staying fit with surfing, weight training and boxing.
To prepare for his role in the Hunger Games, the star reportedly lost a ton of weight to make his hungry, impoverished character more believable on screen. As for training, Hemsworth said preparation for his role saw him working out with an ex-Navy Seal, which kept him in the gym for a least an hour every day where his trainer would “completely destroy” him.
“It was very high-intensity,” the star told Mens Health in a recent interview. “I’d work out for an hour and have to lay down for 20 minutes…before I’d drive anywhere because I’d pass out.”
Since wrapping production on the first Hunger Games film, the actor has since delved into several other roles, including The Expendables II and Love and Honor.
As for the engagement, Billy Ray and Tish Cyrus’s love Hemsworth like a son and are excited about the upcoming marriage. The couple became very close to the Australian-native as he lived with the family when he and Miley began dating in 2009.
Hemsworth met his leading lady while working on the film “The Last Song.” And after a series of small break-ups over the course of a three-year dating relationship, Cyrus said yes when her Hunger Games beau popped the question with a 3.5 carat diamond. Wonder why?
We can surely expect the couple to stay in tip-top shape for their upcoming nuptials, likely to take place later this year.
June 7th, 2012