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Liam Hemsworth: I was cheeky

Liam Hemsworth was a "naughty kid" growing up, and constantly got thrown out of school.

The Australian hunk has become one of the hottest names in Hollywood thanks to roles in big budget movies such as The Hunger Games franchise and The Expendables 2.

A high-profile engagement to pop tearaway Miley Cyrus, and subsequent split, also meant his name was instantly recognisable.

But Liam says life now is far a cry from his childhood growing up with brothers, and fellow actors, Chris and Luke in Melbourne, Australia.

"I was a naughty kid," he laughed to British magazine Now.

Before making it big in Hollywood a 17-yar-old Liam landed a role in Australian soap opera Neighbours, which also launched the careers of Guy Pearce, Kylie Minogue and Margot Robbie.

But his teenage fame was short lived and he ended up sanding floors before his Hollywood break came about.

"When I came back to school after Neighbours I just didn't want to be there anymore. My head wasn't in the same place and I knew I had to get out. I was the troublemaker in school, I got kicked out of class loads of times. So I left school and went on laying floors while I auditioned for parts," he explained.

It was 24-year-old Liam's older brother Chris who made it big in tinseltown first, which Liam says left him feeling deflated until he landed a role in 2010's The Last Song.

"I was sitting in my manager's house with Chris. He'd booked Thor and we were so happy for him. But at the same time I realised I'd probably have to go back home. I was devastated and I felt like an idiot for leaving Australia," Liam reminisced.

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