Hugh and Deborra-Lee Furness have been married for 12 years now, but he still sounds like a newlywed when he talks about her. Calling their marriage a “mad love affair,” he says, “I’m madly in love with her… more and more each day.”
The couple have two adopted children: Oscar, 8, and Ava, 3. Hugh, 40, says that it was a “no-brainer” for them to choose to adopt mixed race kids as that seemed to be where the greatest need exists.
“When we went first to talk to someone in Los Angeles about adoption, I remember, they said, ‘What do you want?’ I said, ‘Well, healthy would be good.’ And they said, ‘Well, what about the race?’ We’d ticked mixed race. And he said, ‘Now, listen. Please don’t, please don’t just tick that because you think it’s the right thing to tick.’ And he said to me, that we turn away children every month who are mixed race, because we can’t find families for them.”
Did you catch Hugh playing host at Sunday’s Oscars? How do you think he did?
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