My Travel Tales: Elsa Pataky
The Fast and the Furious and Tidelands actress-model (and wife of Chris Hemsworth) shares her fondest travel memories.
We live in Byron Bay, Australia, so when Chris and I want to get away, we usually go to this place a few hours from home called Qualia resort on Hamilton Island. It’s close to the Great Barrier Reef. We usually just go for 24 hours. Sometimes that’s all you need. It’s nice to be able to have a conversation without being interrupted by our kids, and go for a swim in the ocean.
Hog Wild in Spain
I’m originally from Spain and always crave jamón [cured ham]. It’s difficult to find in Australia. Every time I go back home, I must have it for breakfast, lunch or dinner, or sometimes all three. The other dish I miss is a Spanish tortilla. It’s like an omelet. I usually just make it myself when I’m there with a little bit of tomato and, of course, ham. It’s so good.
The Pull of Greece
I was just in Santorini, Greece. It amazed me how the towns there are built into a volcano. I loved the contrast of the black volcanic sand and the white houses. I was only there for three days, but I want to go back. It’s one of the most beautiful places I’ve visited. The whole island looks like a postcard. You can take a great photo on every corner.
The Tidelands story is very connected to the ocean, so we were shooting on these amazing beaches in Queensland. We’d be in the middle of filming and dolphins would just start jumping out of the water. It was difficult to resist the urge to go swimming with them when they showed up next to us.
Elsa’s Packing List
I feel sooo dehydrated on the plane, so I always bring beauty products and a big bottle of water with me. Unfortunately, I can’t drink alcohol when I’m on the plane because I find that it’s too dehydrating, and I usually have to work right afterward, anyway.
Music is really important to me. I’ve been listening to Ziggy Alberts and Ray LaMontagne. I always love Coldplay. When I’m traveling, I need a little bit of everything, depending on my mood.
Chris and the children are all very active and don’t like to stop moving, so trying to keep them calm is a challenge for me. For the kids, I bring cards and all sorts of games so they won’t be bored. Luckily, they’re older now and are getting more into watching movies on the plane.
When I’m on a plane, it feels like the only time I have to read. I just finished re-reading Emotional Intelligence. I love what it has to say about how we treat each other in the world.