Hugh Jackman is arguably one of the most like-able actors in Hollywood. The talented actor, singer and dancer seems to do no wrong. He is a great father to an adopted boy and girl, and a great husband to his wife of 16 years. In between all of his movie (Wolverine, X Men, Les Miserable) and Broadway performances, he always has his family in tow. In an emotional interview on 60 Minutes about his upcoming movie Les Miserable, the actor revealed what may be the reason behind his loyalty and kindness.
According to the Daily Mail:
As he remembered the fateful day his mother said goodbye for the last time before fleeing to England and leaving Jackman, his four older siblings and his dad Chris alone to fend for themselves, the 44-year-old actor couldn’t hold back the tears.
Jackman was on 60 Minutes to promote Les Miserables but also opened up to interviewer Scott Pelley about the sad details of his childhood.
He said: ‘I can remember the morning she left, it’s weird the things you pick up.
‘I remember her being in a towel around her head and saying goodbye, must have been the way she said goodbye. As I went off to school, when I came back, there was no one there in the house.
‘The next day there was a telegram from England, Mum was there. And then that was it.
‘I don’t think she thought for a second it would be forever. I think she thought it was “I just need to get away, and I’ll come back”.
‘Dad used to pray every night that Mom would come back.’
The Wolverine star also became emotional when talking about his father, who he called his ‘rock’.
‘My father is a rock. My father is my rock. It’s where I learned everything about loyalty, dependability, being there day in, day out, no matter what.
‘It’s always about the family.
‘It’s not about work. And I think that’s him living with probably some of his regrets.
‘And feelings of maybe he at the wrong time put too much in his career.
‘And he doesn’t want me to make me that mistake. In his gentle way, he always reminds me this the most important thing.’
Jackman said he never spends more than two weeks apart from his wife Deborra-Lee Furness and their two adopted children, Oscar, 12, and Eva, seven.
He explained: ‘We choose not to. We don’t like it.’
According to a previous interview in Australia’s Women’s Weekly magazine Jackman’s English-born mother suffered from post natal depression and ‘struggled’ being so far away from home.
He also admitted that it took him until the age of 12 or 13 to realise that Grace was not coming back.
‘For many years, I thought it was not going to be forever, so I clung on to that. Up until that age of about 12 or 13, I thought Mum and Dad would get back together.
‘Finally realising it wasn’t going to happen was probably the roughest time to be honest.’
But although his mother’s leaving scarred him, Jackman said he never felt she stopped loving him.
‘But the thing I never felt, and I know this might sound strange, I never felt that my mum didn’t love me.’
In recent years, Jackman and his mother have reunited and he has forgiven her.
He added: ‘There comes a certain point in life when you have to stop blaming other people for how you feel or the misfortunes in your life.
‘You can’t go through life obsessing about what might have been.
‘We see each other three or four times a year.’
Watch the interview below:
Source/Pics: The Daily Mail, 60 Minutes, CBS