“No person is aware of how I actually am,” she says with a wry chuckle. “The primary time they gave me a job in my life, it was a present in Spain, I do not know why however I used to be the evil character … I used to be going out and other people would take a look at me and hate me.
“If you play a job like that, you discover lots of your personal issues that [you didn’t know were there] and secrets and techniques inside you come out. I really feel like I can most likely have either side – angel and evil. If I can play a job like that I can most likely be a bit evil.”
One space the place she will be able to declare solely goodness is within the space of parenthood. The mom of dual boys, Tristan and Sasha, and a daughter, India, with Australian Hollywood heavyweight Chris Hemsworth, Pataky is a doting, if typically troubled, mom.
Elevating her household in a spot like Byron Bay, on New South Wales’ far north coast, was at all times the dream.
“It’s my dream, I at all times needed to be in a spot like [Byron Bay],” she says. “Rising up I used to be very completely satisfied in nature, with animals, and I dreamed of residing in a spot the place my youngsters can run round with no footwear on, surrounded by all types of animals – harmful and never harmful.”
However the true risks appear to be from her boys’ inclination in the direction of boisterousness, reasonably than the creatures they might encounter within the wilderness round their beachside idyll.
On the evening of our interview, a clearly upset Pataky had simply been nursing one in all her sons to sleep after he suffered a nasty fall, chopping open his lip.
“All of the accidents he has… my coronary heart breaks,” she says. “My husband is so robust with this stuff, however I am not prepared. He broke two bones in his arms not too long ago, after which he went outdoors and fell and he simply did not land effectively and minimize open his lip.
“I can do every part, however I can not see them harm.”
Tumbles apart, the transfer to Byron Bay has proved profitable for the Hemsworth-Pataky household – so profitable that they’ve begun constructing a Hollywood Hills-style mansion within the hills behind Byron Bay, and so profitable that Pataky is adamant they will not be abandoning it for a Hollywood life once more.
“I’ll by no means stay in LA once more,” she says with the voice of somebody who has been via the type of wringer solely a metropolis like Los Angeles can create.
“We’ll journey again there for work when we have to, however I can not see myself residing in a metropolis once more.”
Thankfully for her, when she was able to return to work after having youngsters, the primary alternative that got here knocking – Tidelands – was occurring simply up the street.
“It was meant to be in a manner. I have never been working for some time as a result of I’ve been taking good care of my household and actually centered on that.
“I needed to start out working once more however we journey round following Chris and his initiatives… I used to be simply so sick of travelling,” she says.
“This undertaking was simply two hours from my home … and I cherished the position, I actually preferred the script and I actually needed to do it.”
With English as her third language (Spanish being her first and her mom’s native Romanian her second) she admits she was nervous about how her fellow forged members would settle for her.
The expertise couldn’t have been anymore nice.
“We grew to become like slightly household,” she says. “There have been individuals from throughout Australia and a few forged members from different elements of the world. I had an accent too, and typically it might be troublesome however everybody was so good and so giving and really supportive.”
Regardless of being a megastar in her native Spain, Tidelands marks the primary undertaking Pataky has accomplished in Australia, and she or he hopes it’s the first of many.
“There’s one other Australian undertaking I’m taking a look at, which is nice, so I hope which means I can begin to work right here extra typically,” she says.
“Hopefully individuals will like Tidelands and we will do a second season. And when individuals see it, I hope it should open extra doorways for me too.”
Tidelands premieres on Netflix on December 14.
Nathanael Cooper is the deputy leisure editor at The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age