Liam Hemsworth Talks Hunger Games and...His Man Crush?

Hunky Aussie actor reveals why he relates to Gale Hawthorne

By Marc Malkin, Brett Malec, Meagan Medick Aug 27, 2011 9:17 PMTags
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We'll get to which pro athlete is No. 1 in Liam Hemsworth's book in just a second. 

But first, the Aussie actor is talking Hunger Games and why he's more like his character Gale Hawthorne than you might think...

"He is extremely passionate about standing up for what he believes in, which has always been a strong part of my life," the 21-year-old tells V Man magazine's Archetype Issue (out Sept. 1).

"Because of the consequences of standing up to an evil government, he has to bite his lip and live with it," he said. "I've definitely had times in my life where I've had to hold back what I really want to say or do." 

As for what kind of guy Miley Cyrus' man looks up to?

"Kelly Slater," he confessed. "He has won ten world surfing titles. That's definitely something to admire! I've always loved surfing...When I was in school it's pretty much all I cared about in my life. Most of my friends surfed so we would go before school, after school, literally whenever we could."