Chris Hemsworth and Elsa Pataky's Relationship Timeline
Chris Hemsworth and Elsa Pataky are still going strong after over a decade of marriage.
The pair first met in 2010, and within months, they were husband and wife. Their fast engagement and nuptials came as a surprise to fans, but their relationship has withstood the test of time. Hemsworth and Pataky, a Spanish actress, went on to welcome three children. They're parents to daughter India, who was born in 2012, and twin sons Tristan and Sasha, born in 2014.
Ahead of the couple's 10-year anniversary in 2020, Pataky opened up to Australian magazine body+soul about their marriage, saying that she and Hemsworth have "ups and downs" like any other relationship.
"It's funny that people think of us as a perfect couple," she shared. "No way. It's been ups and downs, and we still keep working at the relationship."
While the pair keeps much of their personal lives off social media, they have given fans a few glimpses into their sweet home life. They even brought their twin sons to the 2022 premiere of Thor: Love and Thunder.
From their initial introduction to their low-key wedding, here's a complete look at Chris Hemsworth and Elsa Pataky's relationship timeline.
2010: Chris Hemsworth and Elsa Pataky meet
Hemsworth and Pataky were introduced in 2010 via the actor's talent agent. By September of that year, they were officially a couple, making their red carpet debut at the Opening Gala for the Resnick Pavilion at the Los Angeles Museum of Art.
The Huntsman: Winter's War star later recalled the couple's initial introduction during an interview with Elle.
"There was no light bulb moment," Hemsworth said. "From the first time we met, we just made sense. She's fun. She's outgoing, and she has a sense of humor and a passionate attitude toward life, which is nice to try and keep up with."
December 2010: Chris Hemsworth and Elsa Pataky get married
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Just three months after making their relationship official, Hemsworth and the Fast & Furious star tied the knot. They married over Christmas weekend in Australia, where the actor grew up.
PEOPLE confirmed the news shortly after the couple exchanged vows, but details on their nuptials were scarce.
January 2012: Chris Hemsworth and Elsa Pataky announce they're expecting their first child
A little over a year after they tied the knot, Hemsworth's rep confirmed to PEOPLE that the Thor actor and Pataky were expecting their first child together.
"Chris and I are ecstatic, very happy and excited," Pataky told Hola! magazine at the time.
The mom-to-be added that the couple was keeping the sex of the baby a surprise. "Since it's our first child, we don't care if it's a boy or girl; our only wish is that it's healthy," she said.
May 11, 2012: Chris Hemsworth and Elsa Pataky welcome their first baby
Pataky gave birth to a baby girl on May 11, 2012, and the couple named her India Rose. "She's the best!" Hemsworth told PEOPLE. "She makes it harder and harder to leave to go to work. I enjoy being at home a lot more than I ever have."
January 2014: Chris Hemsworth and Elsa Pataky announce they're expecting again
A year and a half after they welcomed India Rose, Hemsworth and Pataky announced they were pregnant for a second time — this time with twins! A rep for the actor confirmed the happy news to PEOPLE at the time.
"It's incredibly exciting," Hemsworth told reporters during the 86th annual Academy Award nominations.
March 18, 2014: Elsa Pataky and Chris Hemsworth welcome twin baby boys
Pataky gave birth to twins in Los Angeles on March 18, 2014, her rep confirmed to PEOPLE. Days after her sons were born, Pataky revealed their names in an Instagram post.
"You are home! Tristan and Sasha came to this world on [Tuesday] March 18 just after [the] full moon. Complete happiness," she wrote.
The actress also gave a glimpse into life with her baby boys on her official blog for the Spanish version of Glamour, where she shared photos of the twins' nursery.
December 2014: Chris Hemsworth and Elsa Pataky find his Sexiest Man Alive status "pretty funny"
Hemsworth added a new accolade to his résumé when he was named PEOPLE's Sexiest Man Alive 2014, an honor he and Pataky found "pretty funny" at first.
"I think you've bought me a couple of weeks of bragging rights around the house," he told PEOPLE at the time. "I can just say to her, 'Now remember, this is what the people think, so I don't need to do the dishes anymore, I don't need to change nappies. I'm above that. I've made it now.' "
2015: Chris Hemsworth and Elsa Pataky move to Australia
After raising their three children in the United States, Hemsworth and Pataky decided to move their family from L.A. to Australia, settling down in Byron Bay, a coastal town in the southeastern Australian state of New South Wales.
The 12 Strong star opened up about the decision to move to his native land in an interview with The Sunday Telegraph, admitting that work was starting to take control of his life and that he sought a different lifestyle.
"When you're suffocated by the work, every conversation that you have and every billboard you're seeing has to do with a movie or the industry, you lose perspective," he told the newspaper.
Hemsworth said that moving to Byron Bay afforded him some anonymity, which he was desperately seeking.
"There's not a single person that I interact with, or close friends of mine, that are really in the industry and so that's hugely refreshing," he said. "It's great for my kids and my wife."
February 2015: Chris Hemsworth thanks Elsa Pataky when he's honored by G'Day USA
Hemsworth was one of three honorees at the 2015 G'Day USA AAA Arts Gala. In his acceptance speech, he sang his wife's praises, saying, "The best thing I've got from coming to L.A. was meeting my wife, who is actually from Spain and who was lured here by Hollywood, and whom I love very much."
He went on to say, "And that is the greatest thing over the last few years. So, thank you, everyone, but especially thank you to my wife."
March 2016: Chris Hemsworth reveals that marrying Elsa Pataky "just felt right"
Hemsworth opened up about his and Pataky's spontaneous decision to marry during a March 2016 appearance on Good Morning Britain. He made it clear that he had no regrets about their speedy union and said that the last five-plus years of marriage to Pataky had been great.
"It did happen quick and it just felt right; it made sense," he said on the British morning show. "There was no great plan to any of it, to be honest. We were on holiday and we said, 'Why don't we get married too?' There probably should have been some planning, but it all worked out."
October 2016: Chris Hemsworth and Elsa Pataky shut down rumors that their relationship is on the rocks
After an Australian tabloid claimed the couple's marriage was in trouble in October 2016, Hemsworth took to Instagram to clear the air.
"Looking for a new wife according to @womensdayaus and other misleading outlets! Honey, you still love me right?! @elsapatakyconfidential #thanksfortheheadsup," he wrote.
Pataky also chimed in to confirm that all was well between the couple. "Ahora y siempre! Always and forever!!" she wrote.
March 2017: Elsa Pataky and Chris Hemsworth open up about raising their children in the spotlight
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The ever-private actress and her family graced the cover of HOLA! USA in March 2017. In the accompanying interview, she revealed the way she approaches raising kids in the spotlight.
"Above all, I try to teach my children to respect each other — to share — since they are lucky to have it all and are very privileged," she said. "I want them to value it and be generous with people who don't have that luck."
October 2017: Chris Hemsworth and Elsa Pataky admit their marriage has had its challenges
In a 2017 interview with GQ, the Men in Black: International star shared that balancing his thriving career and marriage to Pataky has been difficult. "My wife and I fell in love, had kids, didn't really see each other for a few years, then fell back in love," he told the outlet.
He also discussed the sacrifices Pataky made. After she told HOLA! USA months before about her decision to give up her acting career to focus on her kids, Hemsworth told GQ, "In terms of work, she's certainly given up more than I have."
The actor went on, "She'd like me to step back and be at home with the kids more, and, of course, I want that too."
May 2018: Elsa Pataky talks about how she and Chris Hemsworth are "growing together"
Almost a decade into their marriage, Pataky gave a candid and vulnerable interview to Vogue Australia. The Strong author reflected on standing by Hemsworth's side through all his success and what it did to their marriage.
"Going through every moment and being there with him with every success was actually a good thing — we grew together," she told the magazine. "There is a lot of love between us, and we are very strong personalities but love each other so much. We make it work."
December 2020: Chris Hemsworth and Elsa Pataky celebrate 10 years together
On their 10-year wedding anniversary, Hemsworth and Pataky reflected on the decade behind them on social media. Hemsworth, for his part, posted a series of pictures of the two of them with and without their kids and wrote in an Instagram caption, "10 years together! Looking forward to the advancements of modern medicine and science and enjoying a couple hundred more!"
May 2021: Chris Hemsworth praises Elsa Pataky and other moms around the world
In celebration of Mother's Day 2021, Hemsworth shared a series of photos that captured Pataky as a mother. The first photo in the bunch showed her with all three children as she smiled at the camera.
"Happy Mother's Day to all the brilliant, hardworking, kid-carrying, bar-raising, husband-putting-up-with-ing women out there!! We salute you," he captioned the Instagram post.
December 2021: Chris Hemsworth and Elsa Pataky spend Christmas in the snow with their kids
During the 2021 holiday season, Hemsworth gave fans a glimpse into how his family was spending Christmas. He posted a video to Instagram from their snowy European vacation, including a hilarious and adorable clip of him pushing Pataky into the snow.
February 2022: Chris Hemsworth and Elsa Pataky celebrate Valentine's Day
Hemsworth and Pataky celebrated Valentine's Day in 2022 with sweet Instagram posts for one another. The Thor star made a cheeky post for his wife, sharing a photo of her kissing someone else: a kangaroo.
"Happy Valentine's, babe, I wish the two of you many more happy moments like this," he captioned the Instagram post.
Pataky shared a sweet post of her own, which included two photos of herself and her husband.
She wrote, "Always and forever!! @chrishemsworth, happy Valentine's Day!"
June 27, 2022: Chris Hemsworth and Elsa Pataky make a rare red carpet appearance with their sons
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The couple attended the Sydney premiere of Thor: Love and Thunder with their twin sons, Sasha and Tristan.
The Thor actor also revealed that two of his three children made cameos in the film. "It's really cool. They really wanted to be in it," Hemsworth told reporter Kevin McCarthy, noting that his daughter India "plays the character of Love" and his son plays a young version of Thor.
"It felt like a one-off fun family experience. I don't want them to now go and be child stars and actors. It was just a special experience we all had," he added. "They loved it, they had a great time."
July 18, 2022: Chris Hemsworth celebrates Elsa Pataky's 46th birthday
In honor of Pataky's 46th birthday, Hemsworth posted a sweet tribute on Instagram to celebrate his wife's day.
He shared a black-and-white photo of the pair on the Thor: Love and Thunder set and captioned it, "Happy birthday to this gorgeous lady! Thanks for always being my rock to sit on but way comfier. Love you @elsapataky."
In a string of photos posted on her own Instagram, Pataky shared how she spent her birthday soaking in the sun with family and friends.
"Having such a great time with this LEGENDS!/ pasándolo bien!!" she captioned the post.
August 11, 2022: Elsa Pataky celebrates Chris Hemsworth's 39th birthday
Pataky celebrated Hemsworth's 39th birthday with a sweet Instagram tribute. She shared a photo of Hemsworth in a bathtub with a bird on his head and another snap of the actor with their three kids. She also included an image of Hemsworth in his Thor costume and herself portraying "Wolf Woman" while filming Thor: Love and Thunder.
"Happy birthday to my favourite parrot trainer, kids handler and wife tamer, There's nothing you can't do. We love you to the moon and back," Pataky captioned the birthday post, also sharing the message in Spanish.
November 19, 2022: Elsa Pataky and Chris Hemsworth visit New York City for Limitless press tour
Hemsworth stars in a National Geographic limited series titled Limitless. The show follows the actor as he undergoes a series of challenges designed to understand the limits of the human body.
Pataky accompanied Hemsworth on his trip to N.Y.C. for a variety of press appearances — an effort to promote his new project, which premiered on Nov. 16 on Disney+.
"Quick trip to NY to celebrate with my handsome husband @chrishemsworth," the Fast Five actress captioned a photo with Hemsworth on Instagram.
January 2023: Fans react to Elsa Pataky transforming into an elderly woman for Chris Hemsworth
In the fifth episode of Limitless, Hemsworth discovers that he's at high risk for Alzheimer's disease. With that knowledge, Pataky decides to transform into an older version of herself using special effects makeup. She then surprises Hemsworth who thinks he's meeting an elderly fan.
"Still beautiful," the Thor actor says to his wife when he realizes who she is.
While the series premiered in November 2022, many fans began to discover the moment on social media in January 2023, leading several to express their reaction to the sweet gesture on Twitter and TikTok.
"I just found out that Chris Hemsworth's wife Elsa got sfx makeup done to age her so Chris Hemsworth would be able to see what she looks like when she grows old, since he's at such a high risk for Alzheimer's he'll maybe remember her when/if symptoms being showing. I'm shattered," one Twitter user wrote.
January 21, 2023: Chris Hemsworth posts photos from a family vacation to Kenya
Hemsworth shared photos on Instagram from a trip to Kenya with Pataky and their kids. The Marvel star included a photo of himself carrying one of his sons and plenty of pictures of wild animals. In the caption, he called the trip "One of the most memorable trips to Kenya my family and I have ever had."
On Jan. 24, 2023, Pataky shared her own photos on Instagram from the trip, featuring a snap of her and Hemsworth posing in front of a waterfall and photos from the family's safari.
"One of my favourite places in the world! I always dream of Africa," Pataky wrote in the caption.