Chris Hemsworth shared some heartbreaking news about his health and career in a recent interview.
For his latest Disney+ series, There is no limitAustralian actor underwent several genetic tests for the show-a docuseries that explores “different ways we can live better for a long time,” according to IMDB-Although the 39-year-old said the results revealed “his biggest fear.”
After learning that he has two copies of the APOE4 gene—which research has linked to an increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease—one from each of his parents, the actor said. Vanity Fair he will take a break from acting.
One in four people carry a single copy of the gene, but only 2 to 3% of the population has two copies like Hemsworth, according to a 2021 study by the National Institutes of Health.
Hemsworth explained to the interviewer that this made him eight to 10 times more likely to develop Alzheimer’s. As devastating as the news is, the actor said it’s not surprising as his grandfather is currently battling the disease.
“I haven’t seen him in years, but other members of my family have, and there are days where he’s quite happy and gives you a big hug. But my mom says he’s just a friendly person. I’m sure he remembers a lot more, and he goes in, and out of Dutch, which is his native language, so he’ll speak Dutch and English and then mash-up and think of some new words as well,” he said. the outlet said.
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He said the information didn’t “give him a letter of resignation,” but it was rather a wake-up call.
“If you look at Alzheimer’s prevention, the benefits of preventive measures are that they affect the rest of your life,” Hemsworth told reporters. “If you have a preposition to cardiovascular disease, cancer, anything-it’s all about sleep management, stress management, nutrition, movement, fitness. These are all the same tools that must be applied in a consistent way.”
When asked how it works There is no limit has affected his work ethic, Hemsworth agreed that it has changed how much he takes on and has made him a pickier artist.
“Doing an episode on death and facing my own mortality made me go, ‘Oh God, I’m not ready to go yet.’ I want to sit and be in this room with a greater sense of calm and gratitude. And then you start talking about kids and families and say, ‘Oh my God, they’re getting old, they’re growing up, and I’m still. slap another movie on top of the movie another.’ Before you know it, they’re 18, and they’re out of the house, and I miss the window,” he said.
“It really triggered something in me to take some time off,” Hemsworth explained, adding, “And since we finished the show, I’ve been completing things I’ve been working on doing. Now when I’m done with this tour. This week, I’m going to home, and I’m going to have a good piece of vacation time and just simplify. So with the children, so with my wife.”