Elsa Pataky says husband Chris Hemsworth was ‘so supportive’ of her doing Interceptor

INTERCEPTOR. Elsa Pataky as JJ Collins in INTERCEPTOR. Cr. Brook Rushton/Netflix © 2022
INTERCEPTOR. Elsa Pataky as JJ Collins in INTERCEPTOR. Cr. Brook Rushton/Netflix © 2022 /

Netflix is starting the new month with Interceptor, a new action movie starring Elsa Pataky. Australian novelist Matthew Reilly is directing the film in his directorial debut. Reilly also wrote the screenplay alongside co-writer Stuart Beattie.

Pataky plays Army Captain JJ Collins who finds herself in charge of a nuclear missile interceptor base in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. There, she must use her years of training and military expertise to outwit an attacker who threatens to carry out a terrifying plan.

Ahead of the film premiere, Netflix Life had the opportunity to chat with Pataky about her work on the movie, including what it was like for her to collaborate with her real-life husband and Marvel star Chris Hemsworth, who serves as an executive producer on the movie.

Elsa Pataky says husband Chris Hemsworth was “so supportive” of Interceptor role

Chris Hemsworth might be the Marvel superhero at home, but he’ll have to start sharing the limelight with his wife soon as she now leads an action movie of her own on Netflix! The good news is, according to Elsa Pataky, Hemsworth has no problem with that and even assisted his wife behind-the-scenes since, as mentioned, he served as an executive producer on the project.

Pataky told Netflix Life that Hemsworth was “so supportive” of her taking on the role and even encouraged her to take it because he knew she would love doing the film.

"Well he is a professional and he has been so supportive. He knew I would really enjoy it, so he pushed me and surrounded me with the right people. Of course, there was a lot of advice. Doing this project together was really enjoyable."

INTERCEPTOR. Elsa Pataky as JJ Collins in INTERCEPTOR. Cr. Brook Rushton/Netflix © 2022
INTERCEPTOR. Elsa Pataky as JJ Collins in INTERCEPTOR. Cr. Brook Rushton/Netflix © 2022 /

Elsa Pataky dreamed of being the female Indiana Jones

She also told us that she has always been fond of action movies, which makes sense when you look at her acting resume, which includes several movies from the Fast & Furious franchise along with Snakes on a Plane. But it’s great to see her as the lead.

While chatting with Elsa, she told us she was excited to have an opportunity like this one as she “grew up watching action movies” and had dreams of becoming the female Indiana Jones.

"I’m very fond of action movies. I grew up watching action movies and I wanted to do those roles. I wanted to be that female Indiana Jones since I was little. For me to have an opportunity to be the lead in a movie like that, it was amazing. I jumped in immediately when saw the script. I knew how hard you have to work with these movies and I knew it was a big challenge, but I was ready because I’ve been dreaming of it for a long time."

Hemsworth recruited Sam Hargrave, one of the world’s leading stunt directors, to work on the film. This is the sixth movie the pair have worked on together. While training for the movie, Pataky learned over 800 moves with the assistance of Hargrave and an all-Australian stunt team.

Elsa Pataky and Chris Hemsworth both have new movies headed to Netflix in June

Funnily enough, Netflix is hosting a Chris-Hemsworth-and-Elsa-Pataky takeover this June as Elsa’s movie Interceptor kicks off the month on June 3 and then Hemsworth’s new movie Spiderhead premieres a few weeks later on June 17.

Asked about the connection, Elsa laughed and joked that she was “glad it’s not Extraction,” (a sequel to Hemsworth’s hit action movie is on the way at Netflix). Spiderhead is more of a dark psychological thriller and not action flick.

Interceptor premieres this Friday, June 3, on Netflix.

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