Elsa Lafuente Medianu, aka Elsa Pataky, is a Spanish model, actress and film producer probably best known to American audiences for her role in “Fast Five.” She is set to appear in the film “Fast & Furious 6,” as well.
Elsa Pataky is fluent in Spanish, English, Romanian, Italian and French. She is a mix of Romanian, Spanish and Hungarian ancestry. Her mother’s surname “Pataky” is Hungarian and means “someone who lived near a creek.”
Elsa Pataky grew up in Madrid, Spain. Her father was a biochemist and her mother was a publicist. Elsa attended the Universidad de San Pablo, where she studied journalism and took acting classes.
She left college after she was offered a role in a long-running Spanish TV series “Al salir de clase.” Other roles soon followed, more internationally, as well as “Snakes On A Plane.” She said, “I don’t think Sam (Samuel L. Jackson) likes snakes very much. I think I was the only one who did. I love them! There was a room on the set that housed the snakes – we worked with at least 400 of them for the movie – and you could go and visit them whenever you wanted. So when I was waiting around on set, I’d hang out with the snake handlers.”
She has appeared on the August 2006 cover of Maxim, and later became the female face for the first collection of Time Force’s jewelry line.
Aside from acting, Elsa Pataky enjoys roller blading, snow boarding and riding horses, as well as reading and watching movies.
Though she has a Twitter account, she has yet to tweet.
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Before marrying actor Chris Hemsworth in 2010, Elsa dated Adrien Brody. Adrien bought her a 19th century castle in New York for her 31st birthday. She has also dated actor Oliver Martinez. She met her husband through the management company that represents them both. She has a child from her relationship with Chris Hemsworth, India Rose Hemsworth. They said of choosing the name, “We love the country and love the name.” She added, “I’m only going to speak to the baby in Spanish. I already told my husband, ‘Get ready fast with the Spanish because, if you, you’re not going to be able to understand what we say.’”
Elsa Pataky said of her marriage, “Having the person that you love by your side and starting a family with them is the best thing that can happen to you in this life. You can’t ask for more.”
She added she avoids infidelity by operating under the principle that one can’t love two people simultaneously and should not risk losing the foundation that they’ve built (askmen.com).
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