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Liam Hemsworth's childhood tumble dryer trauma

Published 16/06/2016

Liam Hemsworth
Liam Hemsworth

Liam Hemsworth's upbringing was "loving but mostly traumatic", thanks to his brothers often trapping him in the tumble dryer.

Liam Hemsworth's brothers used to trap him in the tumble dryer when he was a child.

The 26-year-old actor is the youngest of three boys, with his siblings Chris and Luke also working as actors. When they were growing up in Australia, Liam fell victim to his brothers' pranks, and describes his upbringing as "loving but mostly traumatic".

"They used to put me in the dryer a lot," Liam said during an interview on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Wednesday night (15Jun16). "They wouldn’t put the heat on but they’d put me in there and then (mimics the drum going round)."

"I think they (my parents) just turned a blind eye to that sort of thing, they were like, ‘What are you going to do? They’re going to do what they’re going to do'."

Liam and his brothers are arguably some of the most famous exports to come out of Australia and despite now spending the majority of his time in America, Liam gets frustrated with some of the stereotypes that exist about Australians.

"The worst is shrimp on the barbies," Liam laughed. "We do have barbies (barbecues) but we don’t call shrimp shrimp, we call them prawns. And typically we don’t really barbecue prawns in Australia. Most of the time people boil them, so the whole statement is just ridiculous for an Australian. I don’t want to hear it anymore!"

However, he did acknowledge that there are some assumptions that are true about living in Down Under, adding: "Lots of deadly snakes, lots of deadly spiders, big sharks, big crocodiles and you know, you’ve got to fight your way through life."

Liam is currently promoting Independence Day: Resurgence, the sequel to 1995's Independence Day. In the film, Liam plays Jake Morrison, who helps Jeff Goldblum (who reprises his role as tech wizard David Levinson) fight off an alien invasion.

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