This is, as you could very possibly already know, the lucky young man who is dating Miley Cyrus. His name is Liam Hemsworth, and currently, his biggest claims to fame are dating Miley, natch, costarring with Miley in The Last Song, and receiving a cake shaped like a penis for his birthday. However, Liam’s star is about to shine a whole lot brighter, because he’s starring in the movie adaptation of a book you might have heard about called The Hunger Games, which is apparently going to be a very, very big deal.
To get the buzz around Liam started off right, he did this interview with Details:
On squirrels: “How comedic are squirrels?!” Liam says, a goofy smile spreading across his face as he spots a furry thing scampering across the horizon. “We don’t have squirrels in Australia. The first time I saw a squirrel was at a meeting at Disney. I was like, ‘What the f*ck?!'”
His childhood: His brothers would pile a couple of heavy sweaters on him and give him a head start. “Then we’d stalk him around our backyard with air rifles and shoot him,” Chris says with a laugh. “I feel like the worst brother in the world. But he had a great time, okay?” Liam doesn’t recall it so fondly. “I’d bend over to feed the guinea pigs and I’d get a pellet in the ass out of nowhere,” he says. “It really hurt.”
On filming The Last Song: When Liam and Miley hooked up on the set, he was 19, she was 16—a fact he doesn’t shy away from. “What happened happened, and we’ve been together two and a half years,” he says. “She makes me really happy. When you start, you want to be professional, but when you’re filming those scenes with someone and pretending to love them, you’re not human if you don’t feel something.”
On Billy Ray Cyrus: “He’s very spiritual,” Liam says of Mr. “Achy Breaky Heart.” “He’s just one of the nicest guys. Very accommodating. I’ve listened to his music since we got together. It’s awesome.”
On American food: “I’d never heard of country-fried steak before. It’s great! I love fried food.” He’s less keen on another iconic trash-treat, though. “In Australia, we used to always watch Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle. I didn’t know it was a real place. Epic.” But he was disillusioned after a trip to a White Castle in Kentucky with his Hunger Gamescostar Josh Hutcherson. “The movie was better than the burgers,” he says. “We might have thrown up after.”
On Robert Pattinson: “I’ve never met Pattinson,” Liam says, remarking on the young Hollywood idol in whose footsteps he seems destined to follow. “What do you say to someone?” he says. “‘Your life’s gonna change.’ Okay. Thanks. Cool.”
More on squirrels: “Look! It’s like a cartoon,” he says, spotting another scampering rodent. “You’re not real!”
On the penis cake party: “She’s in a room full of her best friends,” he says, almost breaking a sweat. “And you have one person who comes in there and videos it. The poor girl can’t have one night where she can feel safe in her own world. It’s ridiculous.”
Well, I think he seems pretty fabulous. I haven’t read The Hunger Games (should I?), so I don’t have any big expectations, but between his fascination with squirrels, his attitude, and the fact that he told a story involving guinea pigs, I’m already sold. What about you guys?