20 things to know about Chris Hemsworth's wife, Elsa Pataky

by Chanel Dubofsky
Jun 21, 2016 at 10:52 a.m. ET

Elsa Pataky has been on the scene long before she met and married actor Chris Hemsworth in 2010. She's had a robust career in entertainment: She's been a model, actress and film producer, with a net worth estimated at around 5 million dollars. 

1 /20: She's an actress

1/20 :She's an actress

In addition to her Spanish film credits, Pataky has appeared in in the French film Iznogoud; the Mexican series Mujeres Asesinas; several action films, including Dario Agento's Giallo; Snakes on a Plane; Fast Five; Fast and Furious 6; and Furious 7. She was named a Breakout Star to Watch for in 2011 by MTV Networks' NextMovie.com. 

2 /20: She's a model

2/20 :She's a model

Pataky appeared on the August 2006 cover of Maxim and was the face of Time Force's jewelry line Ultimate Jewel. She's also graced the covers of Spanish Elle, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, GQ and Telva

3 /20: She's a big deal in Spain

3/20 :She's a big deal in Spain

Pataky has repeatedly been voted one of the most beautiful women in Spain, where she appeared in more than 10 films, was a member of the Madrid theatre company Teatro Cámara de Ángel Gutiérrez and starred in the television series' Queen of Swords and Los Serrano. 

4 /20: "Doing a Pataky" is a thing

4/20 :"Doing a Pataky" is a thing

In her native Spain, the phrase "hacer un Pataky" ("to do a Pataky") means to pose in a way that shows off your assets. It was coined after Pataky was photographed numerous times looking over her shoulder on the red carpet while clad in a backless dress that showed off her bottom. 

5 /20: She was Natalie Portman's stand-in

5/20 :She was Natalie Portman's stand-in

The final scene of Thor: The Dark World features a passionate kiss between Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Dr. Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), but Pataky filled in for Portman when a scheduling conflict arose. 

6 /20: She's fluent in five languages

6/20 :She's fluent in five languages

In addition to her native Spanish, Pataky is fluent in English, French, Romanian and Italian. 

7 /20: She and Miley Cyrus have matching tattoos

7/20 :She and Miley Cyrus have matching tattoos

In April, Pataky and Cyrus, who's dating Chris Hemsworth's brother, Liam, got matching small wave tattoos in black ink. 

8 /20: Adrien Brody bought her a castle

8/20 :Adrien Brody bought her a castle

Pataky dated Oscar-winner Brody from 2006 until 2009. The actor bought her a 19th century estate in upstate New York in 2008, when HELLO magazine did a 35-page spread on the couple. 

9 /20: She studied journalism in college

9/20 :She studied journalism in college

Pataky studied at Spain's CEU San Pablo University, where she majored in journalism and took acting classes. 

10 /20: She will not feed her husband's ego

10/20 :She will not feed her husband's ego

"Of course I think he's beautiful and fit," said Pataky, in an interview with Express in 2015. "But I will never tell him that, because he will get too, how do you say, 'cocky'?"

11 /20: She's not afraid of bulking up

11/20 :She's not afraid of bulking up

 "I always admire sports bodies in women," said Pataky. She's not deterred by the media's criticism of women with athletic bodies. "Even when other people say, 'Oh, she's too muscly,' I always like it... I like to get as close to that as I can." 

12 /20: She wrote a book

12/20 :She wrote a book

Pataky and her trainer, Fernando Sartorius (who's also worked with Nicole Kidman and Halle Berry), wrote a book together called Intensity Max, which promises to get you in great shape in 90 days. 

13 /20: She can sing

13/20 :She can sing

In the 2014 commercial for the Spanish lingerie brand Women's Secret, Pataky portrayed a rock star, covering The Pointer Sisters' hit "I'm So Excited."

14 /20: She's super into yoga

14/20 :She's super into yoga

Pataky does yoga three or four times a week and attributes her overall fitness to it: "Yoga teaches you to be the master of yourself."

15 /20: She's older than her husband

15/20 :She's older than her husband

Pataky, born July 18, 1976, is 39, seven years older than Hemsworth, who's 32. 

16 /20: She prioritizes her marriage

16/20 :She prioritizes her marriage

Pataky and Hemsworth, now parents of three children, try not to be apart for more than two weeks at a time, so each is careful about the roles they take on. "We both make an effort and give up things. When you have a baby, you really have to change the way you view life." 

17 /20: She's an only child

17/20 :She's an only child

Pataky, born Elsa Lafuente Medianu, is the only child of Cristina Pataky Medianu, a publicist of Romanian and Hungarian ancestry, and José Francisco Lafuente, a Spanish biochemist.

18 /20: She likes to do her own stunts

18/20 :She likes to do her own stunts

The Fast & Furious 6 star once jumped two stories into a moving garbage truck without cushioning and without a stunt double. 

19 /20: She's a daredevil

19/20 :She's a daredevil

In addition to owning a Ducati motorcycle, which she drives around a special track, Pataky also once jumped off a huge waterfall, in spite of a nearby sign that said "No Jumping." "It was so worth it," she said. "I loved it." 

20 /20: She's into nature

20/20 :She's into nature

Pataky and Hemsworth purposely live near the beach in Los Angeles, and Pataky's childhood was spent skiing in the Pyrenees and Alps, as well as biking with her father.