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'The Huntsman: Winter's War' Star Chris Hemsworth Considers Himself A Feminist

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(Photo : Getty Images/Jeff Spicer) Australian actor Chris Hemsworth will reprise his role as Brighton the Huntsman in "The Huntsman: Winter's War."

Australian actor Chris Hemsworth considers himself a feminist, and his latest movie "The Huntsman: Winter's War" is just proof of the high respect he holds for women.

Hemsworth told the Radio Times that he feels happy to be surrounded on the set by "badass female characters."

"The strength of it was in these three women [Jessica Chastain, Emily Blunt and Charlize Theron] and their performances, the heart and soul that they've blended through their characters," he said.

"I think the balance has been tipped for a long time heavily in the men's direction. There are seven to eight male superheroes and one female in there. This is the opposite," Hemsworth continued. "It's exciting to be part of something like that. But it's a funny conversation to even have, because of course it should be that way. Of course it should be equal."

Hemsworth does not mind being overshadowed by female leads, and this is why he also accepted the role of the receptionist in Paul Feig's rebooted all-female "Ghostbusters" film.

"[It's] a heavily female thing, which is really cool. I didn't plan it, I'm just happy to be a part of it," he said of the movie. "I read the script and Ioved it, all the girls involved especially. So I said, 'Yeah, let's do it.'"

The actor credits his mother for raising him to become respectful of women. "My mum's a big feminist. I think that my views on things, as far as respect for women and so on, came from my mum. My dad has a very balanced and respectful view on a lot of things too. They were huge positive influences in my life," he said.

Given his attitude about gender equality, it's no wonder that Hemsworth gets raves from the women he's worked with.

"Chris Hemsworth is disgusting to look at," Chastain jokingly told E! News. "He is just obnoxious, he won, like, the gene pool lottery, it's just disgusting. And also, he happens to be a really nice guy and funny, which makes him even worse."

Melissa McCarthy, who worked with him in "Ghostbusters," cannot help but agree. "He is so funny it's crazy. Truly, I could not get over how good he was," McCarthy told news.com.au. "There's all this footage of us sitting there laughing so hard we were crying, ruining our make-up. I'm absolutely crazy about him," adding that Hemsworth is not only "bionic looking," but also "incredibly nice."

"The Huntsman: Winter's War," which is directed by Cedric Nicolas-Troyan, will make its way to cinemas on April 22. "Ghostbusters" will be released on July 15.

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Mar 31, 2016 11:37 PM EDT

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