'Hunger Games' Star Liam Hemsworth: I Wanted To Be A Pro Surfer!

Liam Hemsworth in GQ Style, March 2012 Liam Hemsworth in GQ Style, March 2012

Liam Hemsworth is quickly becoming a household name and his star is set to rise even further with a starring role in “The Hunger Games,” but he told Australia’s GQ Style he nearly went down a different career path.

“I surfed competitively and made it to the state rounds where I was competing with the top surfers in Victoria,” he told the magazine, which features him on the cover of the bi-annual special. “All my friends were surfers. All we wanted to do was be Kelly Slater.”

Lucky for Hollywood, and for girlfriend Miley Cyrus, he chose acting, although when they prepared to co-star in “The Last Song,” Miley was a little worried about his height (he’s nearly 6’4”).

“I got a little bit nervous about how big he was, in height. I was like, ‘I’m going to have to stand on apple boxes or something,” Miley told the mag.

Later this year, Liam enters the company of some giants in film, appearing in “The Expendables 2,” alongside Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis, Chuck Norris and Arnold Schwarzengger.

“It’s hard not to think you’re dreaming in a situation like that,” he told GQ Style. “I kept looking around thinking, ‘Life is so unbelievably awesome.’”

“The Hunger Games” opens March 23.

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