Liam Hemsworth Image Credit: InStyle
Liam Hemsworth Image Credit: InStyle

Liam Hemsworth

As a spokesperson for Brave Beginnings, the 26-year-old actor is working to protect the most fragile of lives: premature infants.

Christina Shanahan

Liam Hemsworth honed his hunting skills in the Hunger Games franchise and fought off extraterrestrials in Independence Day: Resurgence, but his hardest acting job to date involved 20 kiddie co-stars. “While shooting a spot for Brave Beginnings, I spent the day with children ranging from 6 months to 11 years old, all of whom had survived premature birth,” says Hemsworth. “They were very calm until the director called action, at which point the babies started crying and the older kids began walking away—it was a comedy of errors.” Hemsworth has teamed up with the organization for its annual theatrical fund-raising program, which encourages moviegoers and entertainment-industry insiders to help make critical neonatal equipment available for premature infants. Brave Beginnings provides grants to hospitals in need of equipment such as infant resuscitators, incubators, and OmniBeds. “The best part of the experience was actually meeting the children’s parents, who have been through such difficult times to help their children survive,” says Hemsworth. “These families are thriving because they had equipment that helped their kids pull through.”

How He Got Involved

Brave Beginnings is a program developed by the Will Rogers Institute, and each summer the organization selects an actor to promote its mission (a tradition that started with Bette Davis and Humphrey Bogart

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