You probably know hunky Liam Hemsworth best as Miley Cyrus’ main squeeze, but he is soon to become a star in his own right  thanks to The Hunger Games film, based on the cult-followed series of books, when it hits theaters March 23. The Aussie actor, who’s been Miley’s on-again, off-again boyfriend since they met while filming 2010’s The Last Song, plays Gale in the highly-anticipated flick, the best friend of Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence), the main character who volunteers to take her little sister’s place in an annual fight-to-the-death between children.

While the 22-year-old’s future looks bright now, he reveals in the new issue of Details magazine that that wasn’t always the case. He remembers–just before he was cast in The Last Song–that it looked like his older brother Chris (Thor) had outshone him in Hollywood. “I was sitting at our manager’s house with Chris. He booked Red Dawn and Thor in the same week,” Liam tells the men’s mag. “We were celebrating for him. But then it was like, ‘Yeah, I’m probably going to have to go home in a week.’ But I didn’t want to! I love this town.” Just in the nick of time, Liam got the gig — and a relationship with Miley as a bonus. Next up for the actor–he nabbed a role in The Expendables 2 with Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Here he’s simply irresistible in a plaid shirt and sporty Carrera shades. –rpuccia

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