updated 08/26/2011 AT 8:00 AM ET
•originally published 08/26/2011 AT 11:30 AM ET
When asked to name a male non-actor he admires, Hemsworth went with the big swell pro: “[Slater] has won 10 world surfing titles. That’s definitely something to admire.”
Surfing is his biggest passion after acting, he added.
“I have always loved surfing,” Hemsworth tells the magazine. “When I was at school that was pretty much all that mattered in my life. Most of my friends surfed so we would go before school, after school, literally whenever we could.”