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Elsa Pataky: Why Our Daughter Made Chris Almost Cry

04/12/2013 at 01:00 PM ET

Elsa Pataky PEOPLE Most Beautiful
Peggy Sirota

He may play a superhero in the movies, but when it comes to his daughter, Chris Hemsworth can be a real softie.

The Thor star recently heard India Rose say “Papa” for the first time and, “He was almost crying. He was [screaming for joy],” Hemsworth’s wife Elsa Pataky tells PEOPLE.

Pataky, 36, and Hemsworth, 29, welcomed their baby girl in May, and while she had been saying “Mama” for some time, Hemsworth was itching to hear his daughter address him as well.

“She’d been trying and I would see Chris saying ‘Papa’ to her all the time. We say it in Spanish because I speak Spanish to her,” says Pataky, who is featured as Beauty of the Week in PEOPLE’s April 15 issue.

With India celebrating her first birthday May 11, the proud parents are planning her major milestone just as they do most other events in their life — very minimally.

“We hate to plan things, actually, so no plans yet. It will not be a big thing, just for us,” says Pataky. “We don’t even know where we are going to be.”

As for balancing busy Hollywood schedules with family life, Pataky says she and Hemsworth put togetherness at the top of their priorities.

“You have to make an effort and try to stay together as much as you can,” says the Fast and Furious 6 actress. “If we start splitting and doing other things it’s not going to last.”

To strengthen the family ties, Hemsworth and Pataky agreed not to take a job while the other is working.

“It’s difficult because you have to give up some things because you want to keep the family together,” she explains. “We try and keep it as normal as much as we can — like a typical family.”

– Patrick Gomez

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lovely123 on

They can always get married. That might give them a reason to stay together.

kelsey on

They are married, lovely123. It also calls her his wife in the article, so its pretty obvious. Maybe you should try reading before making snarky comments.

Marky on

lovely123, Are you incapable of reading? Do you have the attention span of a gnat? They are married, she is his wife and he is her husband. They have obviously got a reason to stay together. SMH

Jessica on

Lovely123 – google is your friend, they were married 26 December 2010.

Anonymous on

lovely123- In addition to what kelsey and Marky said, I think having a child together should be a plenty good enough reason for them to stay together!

Marie on

They are such a great family, I love seeing the baby and how she is always turning her body to see what is going on, makes for a very curious little girl. Mine did the same thing all the time. Chris seems like an amazing dad.

Jen DC on

he seems a sweet father and they make an adorable little family. i love her recent short haircut – very becoming. she looked beautiful with the longer style as well.

Anonymous on

Guys, don’t waste your time responding to lovely123. I get the feeling s/he is a troll, as I have never once seen him/her post anything positive!

Ziggory on

She’s going to be watching the baby for awhile then if his career takes off which it certainly is what with the franchises he’s part of.

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