Dakota Johnson and Chris Hemsworth’s new film together, Bad Times at the El Royale, is a dark one. But there was one thing throughout the filming that kept Johnson upbeat: her costar’s abs. While shooting the thriller, which comes out on October 12, Johnson reveals that they made it difficult to stay in character.
“Oh, my God. It’s such a distraction,” she told Vogue Australia of his statuesque physique. “I was like, ‘Guys, you’ve made a huge mistake getting him to do this because everyone is going to forget everything that happened [in the film] until this point. Chris is going to come onto the screen, and his body is outrageous, it’s unbelievable, like a crazy, crazy thing to look at, and his shirt’s completely unbuttoned.’ No one on set could pay attention to anything else: It was so shocking, not in a sexual way at all, just, like, scientifically, how is it possible to look like that? Crazy!”
18 Photos of Chris Hemsworth and His Glorious Superhero Physique
A young Chris Hemsworth attends the Star Trek Los Angeles premiere in 2009, wearing a slim fitting suit .
While out in Santa Monica with wife Elsa Pataky, Hemsworth shows off his toned biceps in a casual tee.
At the photocall for Thor in Madrid in 2011, Hemsworth wore his blonde locks combed over with a fitted navy button-up.
Rocking bleach blonde tips and chiseled abs, Hemsworth takes a trip to the beach for a quick surf.
Arriving at the taping of the Late Show With David Letterman in 2012, Hemsworth paired his blonde man bun with a fitted leather jacket.
Hemsworth showed off his toned arms while walking the streets of London.
While vacationing in Sydney, Australia, Hemsworth shows off his poolside toned abs wearing his hair in a sleek bun.
At Byron Bay in Australia, Hemsworth was spotted out surfing rocked his toned physique.
While out in Los Angeles, the Thor actor wore a sleeveless shirt that showed off his ripped biceps.
Taking a break from waves in Byron Bay, Hemsworth shows off his chiseled torso.
While hosting Saturday Night Live in 2015, Hemsworth shows off his toned abs during the sketch.
Hemsworth paired his toned physique with a baseball cap and sunglasses while out surfing in Australia.
The Thor actor is spotted surfing back at Byron Bay revealing his athletic physique.
Rocking tousled waves with his toned biceps and chiseled abs, Hemsworth looked relaxed at Byron Bay in Australia.
Chris Hemsworth is seen on July 19, 2018 in San Sebastian, Spain. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.
Chris Hemsworth is seen on January 10, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.
Molly Smith (C) and Chris Hemsworth attend The “12 Strong” World Premiere after party on January 16, 2018 in New York City. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.
Chris Hemsworth is seen on April 27, 2018 in Los Angeles, CA. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.
Johnson was almost as focused on what Hemsworth was eating. “Then he would eat a bowl of Smarties and you’re like: ‘You’re an a–hole, f-ck you!’” she said, before referencing how much pressure is on female actresses to conform to the industry’s problematic beauty ideals—without using those words. “I don’t eat anything sweet: I eat green things for three months in order to fit into a pair of jeans. And he eats whatever the f-ck he wants and looks like he was literally chiseled out of marble–it’s insane.”
The experience of filming Bad Times at the El Royale at least sounds like it was much more entertaining than when Johnson worked on her other upcoming film, Luca Guadagnino’s remake of Suspiria. “No lie, f—ed me up so much that I had to go to therapy,” Johnson said of the film earlier this year. She talked about the heavy roles with Vogue Australia, saying, “I don’t know what it was, but last year I really went through a time where I gravitated towards these darker women, but they are all kind of juxtaposed with this warmth. I struggle with having difficult times and feeling quite low and heavy and it’s hard to break out of it, but then, you know, those things can coexist. I found that in a few different characters I played, in Suspiria definitely, and Bad Times 100 percent—and that film was so much fun to make.” Of course, anything is more fun when Hemsworth’s abs are involved.