A doting family man and massive movie star, actor Hugh Jackman opens up about both roles in a new interview with Parade.com. The Aussie star, who has kids Oscar and Ava with his wife Deborra Lee Furness, is already garnering plenty of Oscar buzz for his highly anticipated new film Les Miserables, which hits theaters on Christmas Day.
On his relationship with his wife: “I am the pragmatic, steady, sensible one. Deb is the hilarious, fun, sexy, crazy, impractical one. When it comes to the kids, I’m strict and she’s lenient. But deep down, we’re very similar. We get each other completely without ever having to speak, and we have pretty much since day one.”
On having a son and daughter: “I feel so lucky to have both a son and a daughter, because there’s a different relationship with each of them. Instinctively as a man, you know what your son has to go through. So I think you’re a little tougher…. With a daughter, this protective side comes out. When I come home, my daughter will run to the door and give me a big hug, and everything that’s happened that day just melts away.”
On his character in Les Miserables, Jean Valjean: “I’m not a loner at all. The one thing I relate to about Jean is that I’m probably a little hard on myself. Jean lives with this constant striving to be a better man, but he never feels he attains it, and I, too, strive all the time.”
Read Hugh’s entire interview at Parade.com