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Chris Hemsworth says 'happiest moment' ever was sweet encounter with daughter

He’s played action heroes in some of Hollywood’s biggest recent blockbusters, and was named People's Sexiest Man Alive in 2014. But actor Chris Hemsworth's happiest moment in life had nothing to do with the bright lights of Hollywood.

Instead, Hemsworth recalled a recent encounter with his 3-year-old daughter, India.

“Last week, we were in the car driving somewhere, and my little girl was in the back seat with me,” Hemsworth, who also has twin sons with wife Elsa Pataky, told Parade magazine. “I was really tired, and I leaned over and I put my head on her lap, without even thinking about it. I just wanted to lie down a little bit and sleep because it was a 40-minute drive. And she started patting my head and singing a song through her pacifier … I looked at my wife, who was in the front seat, and she had tears in her eyes."

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 27: Actor Chris Hemsworth (R) and his wife model Elsa Pataky arrive at the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures' "Vacation" at the Village Theatre on July 27, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

“Sitting in the car with my head on her lap and her singing to me, there was this understanding of, ‘Wow, she’s looking after Dad, and that’s her job.’ You know? And that was such a joy,” the "Thor" actor said. “Oh, there’s nothing better! It was the happiest moment of my life.”

“There’s the idea that we as parents spend all this time protecting our children,” he added. “No, I think they’re protecting us.”

The 32-year-old actor, who stars in the upcoming movie “In the Heart of the Sea,” went on to describe how much his life has changed since he became a husband and father.

“Before I married and had kids, I felt like I could live forever,” he said. “I could overcome anything. I live with more fear now … For the first time, it’s not about me anymore. This internal dialogue about my own boring story isn’t at the forefront of my thoughts. It’s about them now, their welfare.”

Hemsworth, who earlier this year moved his family back to his native Australia in order to escape the paparazzi and the chaos of life in Hollywood, told Parade that he considers his family before accepting any film role.

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“If I make a film, what is that going to allow us to do?” he said. “What is it going to give them? That’s been really refreshing, I’ve got to say, because it’s so easy to become self-centered, particularly for me in this business.”

While his career is currently hotter than ever, Hemsworth — who appeared in four films this year alone — said he would be willing to give it all up for his wife and kids.

“There are other things in my life now — family, kids. I don’t want to have to be in the position where I care if the phone stops ringing,” he said. “I’m OK about potentially not acting. That just may be me trying to convince myself in case it does happen, but I’ve always been weirdly aware of that.”

Hemsworth doesn’t need to worry about a lack of acting opportunities. He currently has work lined up through 2017, when he will revise his role as Thor in “Thor: Ragnorok.” He is also set to appear in next year’s “Ghostbusters” reboot.

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