Elsa Pataky is like any working mum trying to juggle career and home life. And now that she’s found the perfect balance here in Australia, she has no plans to return to LA.
The 42-year-old actress stars in the new Netflix drama, Tidelands, which was filmed close to the Byron Bay home she shares with husband Chris Hemsworth, 35, and their three kids, daughter India, 6, and twin sons Tristan and Sasha, both 4. Win-win, right?
But while the Spanish star hopes viewers will be glued to their screens when her new drama premieres on December 14 — which will be Netflix’s first-ever Australian original drama series — there are three people she knows won’t be tuning in: her kids.
“They can’t watch it as they might get scared,” Pataky told The Daily Telegraph.
In the sexy sci-fi series, Pataky plays the mysterious Adrielle Cuthbert, the leader of the Tidelanders, a group of half-Siren/half-human beings who live among locals on the small fishing village Orphelin Bay.
“This project was just two hours from my house… and I loved the role, I really liked the script and I really wanted to do it,” she told the Sydney Morning Herald. “It was meant to be in a way. I haven’t been working for a while because I have been taking care of my family and really focused on that.
“I wanted to start working again but we travel around following Chris and his projects… I was just so sick of travelling,” she added.
One place Pataky is sick of is LA. For the actress, settling down in a coastal town like Byron Bay has always been the goal.
“It is my dream,” she admitted. “Growing up I was very happy in nature, with animals, and I dreamed of living in a place where my kids can run around with no shoes on, surrounded by all kinds of animals — dangerous and not dangerous.
“I’ll never live in LA again,” she added. “We will travel back there for work when we need to, but I can’t see myself living in a city again.”