In 2015, Elsa Pataky moved to the Land Down Under for her jacked Aussie husband of ten years, Chris Hemsworth. But Thor wasn’t there to help when 44-year-old Elsa’s car got stuck in a flood near their home in Byron Bay, New South Wales. The area was “recently pummelled with two days of rain”. Elsa tried driving across a watery part of the road, but got stuck, and took to Instagram Stories to document her escape.
When I first read the headlines, I thought, “INSTAGRAM STORIES?! In an emergency?! Why, I never! Celebrities today!” But when you watch the footage, it actually isn’t as near-death as it sounds.
Here are the videos:
In her Stories, Elsa films the flood, and narrates in mostly Spanish. In English, she says, “Oh my god, what am I doing?”, (being careful to add some super cute emojis and GIFs). Eventually, she climbs out the window, wades across the road, and Chris’ personal trainer, Luke Zocchi, helps tows her car out of the water. Elsa gratefully cries, “What would I do without you guys?”
Thanks to Beetlejuice, I Robot, and that one episode of Succession, I am very scared of drowning in a submerged car. Luckily, one lazy Saturday afternoon in the early 2000s, I stumbled upon a TBS reality show called “Worst-Case Scenario”. It taught me that you need to stay calm and act quickly (duh), immediately roll down or break the side window (which is why you should always drive around with a large rock), and swim to safety. Easy peasy!
Since Australia is clearly out to get Elsa, she better drive with that window-smashing rock. As for animals like poisonous snakes? No problem, she already has lots of experience: