IF YOU’RE A FAN of Chris Hemsworth – and frankly, given his enormous appeal to members of both sexes, who isn’t? – Christmas has come a little early this year. Because the Australian actor, whose fame in the past 12 months has gone galactic, has agreed for the second time in a little over two years to be photographed for the cover of Prestige.
Hemsworth grabbed the world’s attention through his portrayals of the superhero Thor and grand prix-racing legend James Hunt, neither characters being exactly what one would call shrinking violets. But when he did us the honour of flying into Hong Kong in the autumn to join us for a special private dinner, adding a genuinely stellar presence to our ninth annivesary celebrations, we also discovered him to be as polite, charming and self-effacing as he’s unfeasibly handsome.
All those traits are much in evidence in this month’s cover story. As Hemsworth talks about a childhood spent in the wilder extremities of Australia, camping holidays with his parents and brothers, and how he still regards his native country as home, you sense he treasures the outdoor life over the glittering sheen of stardom. It’s in stark contrast to the images, which reveal a gentleman who could hardly be more self-confident, urbane or sophisticated – the kind of man, in other words, who 10 years from now could easily step into the shoes of 007. Not convinced? Turn to page 198, and you will be.
Naturally we’ve assembled a bumper package for the festive season, including an exhaustive guide to almost everything you’ll need to keep you and your loved ones amazed and delighted over Christmas and New Year. We ask 100 devoted gourmands to tell us what tickled the tastebuds most during the past 12 months. We uncork a sparkling Spanish wine that’s every bit as celebratory as champagne. We visit the frozen north of Japan (or at least it is at this time of year) that’s become a favoured haunt of this region’s winter-sports enthusiasts. And when all that has left us utterly exhausted, we check into a resort for several days of deep, restorative sleep.
But before any of that, please allow all of us here at Prestige Towers to wish every one of you the happiest Christmas ever!