Liam Hemsworth "Much Happier" After Miley Cyrus Breakup: "I'm More Centered and Grounded"

Single Hunger Games: Catching Fire star says he's "a good person"

By Zach Johnson Nov 22, 2013 11:47 AMTags
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Liam Hemsworth lucked out during his worldwide press tour for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Until now, the Australian actor had only been asked about his breakup with Miley Cyrus once. Like a true gentleman, he offered a diplomatic response and wished her well. In a recent interview published by People, however, the movie star decided to shed new insight into his life as a single man.

"These days I feel like I'm more centered and grounded than I've ever been," said Hemsworth, who had a fling with Mexican actress Eiza González in September.

When he moved to L.A. in 2008, Hemsworth was somewhat intimidated by the business. Since then, he's become more confident with where he stands in Hollywood. "I've learned so much," he explained. "The first few years in L.A. were really tough and scary, but I had to figure things out for myself."

As his profile continued to rise, so did the interest in his relationship with Cyrus. Following a rocky two-year courtship, the Last Song costars got engaged in May 2012. They called it quits 16 months later.

"What I always keep in mind is that I know what the truth is and that's all that matters," Hemsworth said when asked about their fall breakup. "I know I'm a good person."

He credited his costar Jennifer Lawrence with keeping him grounded. "For a few years I went down a path where I forgot to be in the moment and enjoy the moment. But being around someone like Jen, who is so honest and laughs all day long, I am forced to be in the right now. I'm much happier."

Hemsworth also finds solace in solitude. "I read a lot of Zen books," the hunky star said. "And I grew up surfing, so that has always been my escape."