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Chris Hemsworth Used to Bomb Auditions. Then This Mindset Shift Made Him a Movie Star, and the Founder of a $200 Million Startup. The Australian actor won't let himself forget where he came from, and what the point of success is.

By Paul Kix Edited by Frances Dodds

Key Takeaways

  • When Hemsworth first tried to break into Hollywood, things were not going well. But when he remembered who he came to the U.S. to help, things clicked into focus for the Thor star.
  • Now he's channeling that same mindset into his fitness app Centr, worth $200 million.

This story appears in the September 2023 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Great movies always have a scene that screenwriters call "The Dark Night of the Soul." It's that spot where the hero questions not just what they're doing, but why they're doing it. Why they're doing anything. It resonates because we've all had our own dark nights.

Chris Hemsworth had one about 15 years ago. He'd moved from his native Australia, where he'd been wildly successful as a young soap opera star, to Los Angeles, hoping to star in much more than soaps.

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