When you’re married to one of the biggest stars in the world, it’s hard to find your own place in the spotlight.
Elsa Pataky, wife of “Thor” actor Chris Hemsworth, is finally getting hers with “Tidelands,” Netflix’s first Australian original series, out Friday.
“I was surprised the project came to me,” the Spanish actress tells The Post. “I was, like, ‘Do they know I have an accent, that I can’t really pass as an Australian?’ ”
Accent or not, the 42-year-old stars as Adrielle, the mysterious leader of a group of mermaid-like people in this supernatural crime drama set in a small town. Think “Ozark” meets “True Blood.”
While Pataky’s made several movies and TV shows in her native Spain before becoming globally known for her part in the “Fast and Furious” franchise, “Tidelands” is the first project she’s made in her new home.
Modal TriggerPataky with actress Madeleine Madden in a scene from “Tidelands.”
Pataky with actress Madeleine Madden in a scene from “Tidelands.”Jasin Boland/Netflix
She and the 35-year-old Hemsworth, an Aussie native, left Los Angeles for Australia five years ago. They live in Byron Bay, a beachfront town with a population of less than 10,000.
“We were starting to have a lot of attention in LA,” she says. “And when you have kids, it’s more complicated. We wanted to live in a nature place where the kids could grow up away from the attention.”
Pataky’s made motherhood her top priority for the past few years, which is why “Tidelands” is her first recurring TV role since 2004, when she was on the Spanish show “Los Serrano.” The couple have a 6-year-old daughter and 4-year-old twin boys.
“I’ve been really focused on my family,” she says. “But my kids are starting to go to school now. I have more time to do things and come back to my work.”
She and Hemsworth, who met when they were represented by the same agency, have been married for eight years — an eternity in Hollywood. The secret to their success?
“Chris and I have an agreement that we try not to work at the same time,” Pataky says. “So he was with the kids and I was able to work without feeling too guilty. You always struggle [with guilt]as a mom . . . but I think you need to do some things for yourself.”
After all, she stepped up when Hemsworth was filming the “Thor” and “Avengers” films, and he appreciated it, she says. “It’s good to have that person behind you saying, ‘You’re doing such a good job.’ ”