Elsa Pataky on Interceptor’s message of empowerment and being a role model to her kids

Elsa Pataky stars in a new action movie, Interceptor, which is set for release this Friday on Netflix. As the star of several Fast & Furious movies, the actress is obviously no stranger to the action genre, but it’s great to see her headlining a movie of her own.

The best part is, it sounds like her husband, Marvel star Chris Hemsworth is very supportive of Elsa branching out into movies like Interceptor. Elsa chatted with Netflix Life about her movie and mentioned Chris was the one who encouraged her to say yes to the role! It’s fitting that he also serves as an executive producer on the movie.

But it wasn’t just her husband’s encouragement that made Elsa accept the movie, she had always dreamed of being an action star and as a mother, Elsa is proud of doing a film that allows her to be a role model to her kids.

See what Elsa has to say regarding Interceptor‘s message of female empowerment and her sweet reasons for doing it below!


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

Interceptor allowed Elsa Pataky to be a role model to her kids

While fans might know Chris well thanks to his star-making role as Thor in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Interceptor giving Elsa a chance to step up and challenge him for the title as action parent of the house.

It was important to Elsa to show her daughters that they can anything they set their minds to and nothing can stop them. “Even for my little boys, too, it’s a good lesson,” she says.

Read her full quote:

Being a mom at home, and Chris being the action man of the house, my kids have just seen me as a mom, picking them up from school and [preparing] their lunchboxes, so being a role model for my daughter to say, okay your mom can also kick ass in these movies and be an action hero. It’s to show her that she can do whatever you want and nothing can stop you. And even for my little boys, too, it’s a good lesson.

Elsa Pataky on Interceptor’s strong message of female empowerment

Not only is Interceptor full of tense action sequences and awesome fights, the movie also has a strong message of female empowerment threaded through its DNA. Elsa talked to Netflix Life about how director and co-writer Matthew Reilly wanted to create an intriguing backstory for the female lead, Captain JJ Collins.

JJ’s added depth gave Elsa plenty of content to play with, making her “interesting to play.”

It was interesting how [Matthew] wanted to tell the story of this woman. He wanted a woman with this history behind, that has been through life and had a lot of experiences and been through a lot. There was a heaviness in the character that was interesting to play, which he gives the reason that she doesn’t want to give up is because all that she’s going through before. It brings a lot to the character, making her more than an action girl.

Interceptor starts streaming this Friday, June 3.