Liam Hemsworth reflects on lessons learned from disappointments, talks kidney stone surgery - USA TODAY

Liam Hemsworth reflects on lessons learned from disappointments, talks kidney stone surgery - USA TODAY

Erin Jensen USA TODAYPublished 12:25 PM EDT Apr 13, 2020Liam Hemsworth is talking openly about a "painful" experience.In a Q&A Men's Health published online Monday, the "Most Dangerous

Erin Jensen USA TODAY

Published 12:25 PM EDT Apr 13, 2020

Liam Hemsworth is talking openly about a "painful" experience.

In a Q&A Men's Health published online Monday, the "Most Dangerous Game" actor spoke about turning 30 in mid-January (about two weeks before his divorce from Miley Cyrus was finalized) and recent tribulations. In 2018, California wildfires turned his Malibu home shared with Cyrus to ashes. He also underwent surgery while battling a kidney stone.

The writer of the piece – editor in chief of Men's Health Australia Scott Henderson – noted that Hemsworth did not want to talk about his breakup. But Hemsworth, a former vegan, revealed his health ordeal to the wellness publication.

"I was vegan for almost four years, and then February of last year I was feeling lethargic. Then I got a kidney stone," he said. "It was one of the most painful weeks of my life. I was doing press for 'Isn’t It Romantic.' But I had to go to the hospital and get surgery."

Hemsworth said things are "all good now," but modified his diet to lower his risk of getting another kidney stone. He says his type of kidney stone "forms from having too much oxalate in your diet," high in foods like spinach and almonds. 

"Every morning, I was having five handfuls of spinach and then almond milk, almond butter, and also some vegan protein in a smoothie," he said. "And that was what I considered super healthy. So I had to completely rethink what I was putting in my body."

Hemsworth also reflected on disappointments when asked for lessons picked up during his twenties that he looks forward to carrying over to his next decade of life. 

"Appreciating the little things. It’s something I always try to remind myself to do, especially in times that maybe things aren’t going the way I planned or the way I wanted things to go," he said. "Appreciating what I do have and searching for things that make me happy and things that make me a better person..."

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For the past six months, Hemsworth said he's leaned into being active for mental clarity. "I’d say exercise and fitness is a big thing for me to just feel balanced and levelheaded."

Losing his house in 2018, as did Neil Young and Gerard Butler, surprised Hemsworth, who'd been on location filming a project.

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"I was shooting a film in Alabama and then had come back just by chance that weekend to Malibu, not knowing that there were fires," he remembered. His brother, Luke, called and told him to prepare to evacuate. "The whole time that I was packing up these animals, I had moments where I’m like, 'It’s not going to get this far; this is a waste of time, and my house isn’t going to burn down,' " he said. "And of course it did burn down, and it was a (expletive) thing to live through." (Cyrus praised Hemsworth for rescuing their animals – which she listed as seven dogs, two full-size horses, two mini-horses, two pigs and three cats – on "The Howard Stern Show" in December 2018.)

"I’m more conscious these days of how short life is and how things can change so quickly," Hemsworth added.

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