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Natalie Portman On Chris Hemsworth’s Rise To Fame: ‘He’s Going To Be Able To Handle All Of That’

Following his appearnace at Comic-Con, Chris Hemsworth left fanboys — and girls — in awe of his muscular “Thor” physique.

As it turns out, the fans aren’t the only ones who have taken a liking to this rising star — his co-star Natalie Portman is a big fan, too.

While promoting the film, Natalie, who plays Jane Foster, a nurse and the first love of Chris’ title character, spoke with’s Laura Saltman about the Aussie actor and the upcoming fame he is sure to gain from this landing this action-packed role.

“He’s so grounded, kind and just a nice, normal person,” she said. “I know he’s going to be able to handle all of that with incredible grace. He already has.”

Chris’ star status will change dramatically as he stars as “Thor,” the hammer-wielding superhero fans have come to love from the Marvel comic book. For the role, he bulked up in muscle mass to fill out his character’s nice, big red cape. He even shows off a long blonde wig.

However, it’s not just his strapping good looks that had his co-star in awe — Natalie also beamed over Chris’ demeanor, calling him a “decent” and “deeply good” guy.

“I know that everything will change for him in terms of career and notoriety,” she added.

Chris is best known from his most prominent (although brief) role as Kirk’s dad in 2009’s reboot of “Star Trek.” “Thor” marks his first starring role.

“Thor,” which centers around the Norse warrior cast down to Earth to live among humans, hits theatres on May 6, 2011.


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