Chris Hemsworth has revealed the ‘complicated’ reason why his wife, Elsa Pataky, hasn’t changed her surname in the nine years they’ve been married.

Appearing on The Kyle And Jackie O Show on Monday, the 36-year-old actor admitted that Elsa once considered dropping her maiden name, but decided against it due to passport issues.

“I think that she wanted to [change it]. I think she still may,” the 37-year-old actor said when asked by hosts Kyle Sandilands and Jackie ‘O’ Henderson. “I think it was when we were coming back from America. We were living in Europe and deciding where [to go]. It was a complication of passports and so on.”


It was last year that 43-year-old Pataky first revealed why her surname was important to her. Born Elsa Lafuente Medianu, the actress changed it to Pataky as a tribute to her grandmother, Rosa Pataky. 


“I thought, ‘You have to have something that really sounds different,'” the actress told the Herald Sun. “My grandma’s surname in Spanish was a little different, so I took it from her and I love it. Pataky — it’s actually Hungarian but everybody thinks it’s Greek.’

Hemsworth and Pataky have been married since December 2010 and share three children, seven-year-old daughter India and six-year-old twin boys Sasha and Tristan.