Hugh Jackman is an Australian actor, singer and movie producer. Jackman was born on October 12, 1968 in the city of Sydney, Australia. After graduating in journalism, he joined the Western Australia Academy of Performing Arts, where he studied acting. As soon as he graduated, Jackson received an invitation to work on the popular Australian TV series Correlli, where he met his future wife, actress Deborra-Lee Furness.
After gaining recognition on TV and in the theater, Jackman starred in his first feature film, the romantic comedy Paperback Hero (1999). Two years later, Jackman was invited to replace Dougray Scott in the role that would mark his career forever. He immersed himself in the Marvel Comics universe and played the iconic mutant superhero Wolverine in X-Men (released in 2000). From there, Jackman would come back to reprise this remarkable character in several occasions, as in X-Men 2 (2003), X-Men: The Last Stand (2006), X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009), X-Men: First Class (2011), The Wolverine (2013), X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014), and his final performance as the character, Logan (2017). Many of the films in the series have been a blockbuster, having the cumulative worldwide box office of more than $ 2 billion.
Jackman’s middle name is Michael, and his zodiac sign is Libra.
Jackman is a Christian and has always been very active in his faith.
“I’m a Christian. I was brought up very religious. I used to go to different evangelists’ [revival] tents all the time. When I was about 13, I had a weird premonition that I was going to be onstage, like the preachers I saw,” Hugh said.
Around 2009, Jackman had moved away from attending church, citing that it felt “too restrictive.” But that didn’t halt him from still believing in and feeling the presence of God.
“Before I go onstage every night, I pause and dedicate the performance to God, in the sense of ‘Allow me to surrender.’ When you allow yourself to surrender to the story, to the character, to the night, to the audience, transcendence happens.” (1)
Hugh is also a practitioner of meditation since 1993. He follows a group called the School of Practical Philosophy, which is a mixture of religious beliefs and philosophies from Hinduism to Socrates. (3)
Although he does not actively take part in politics, Jackman has said the world needs more leaders like Nelson Mandela. He also performed at a 2016 fund raising event for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. (2)
While Jackman said that he has his personal opinions on political matters and politicians, “I’m also aware — as an Aussie who actually doesn’t vote — I’d find it hard if I was in Australia and I had American actors coming down talking about my political system.”
The actor has also highlighted that the current political climate requires a greater tolerance on the part of the leaders of state and advocates an intensification in the politics of the equality of rights.
In 1996, just one year after meeting her on the set of her television show, Hugh married Australian actress Deborra-Lee Furness. After two miscarriages the couple decided to adopt two children, Oscar and Ava.
“I tell them the truth: people see me in movies and want to know what I do at the weekend. They don’t really love me, I tell Oscar. Real love is what you and I have and will never go. The interest in me – the fame, the magazines – that will go. I don’t know when, but that means it’s not real.” (3)
When Hugh was only eight-years-old, his mother left his father and all five Jackman children behind in Australia, returning to her home in England. Jackman’s mother suffered from extreme postpartum depression. Despite this break, Hugh visited his mother in England frequently and credits one of his trips to see her with giving him inspiration to pursue acting. (3)
1: CBS News
2: The Hill
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