You may know Hugh Jackman for his award-winning role in Les Miserables, and films like the X-Men series, and The Prestige. But there’s a side of the Australian actor many haven’t seen.
I’ve always assumed it to be true, but now we know for certain: Hugh Jackman is a Christian. And if you meet him in person, you’ll quickly realize that he’s unashamed to tell you so.
Since the moment he first graced the movie screen, America fell hard for the tall, handsome, and hunky actor from Down Under. But Hugh Jackman doesn’t buy his own press.
Recently, a terrifying close call revealed Jackman’s true colors — and America was shocked to see just how much of a real life super hero the former Wolverine star really is.
Despite his good looks, fame and fortune, Hugh Jackman is first and foremost a family man. I’ve always loved Jackman, but after learning a bit more about him, I’ve gotta’ admit that I love him even more!
If you clicked on this article hoping to dig up some dirt on the famous actor, I’m so sorry to disappoint you. Time after time, Jackman has proven to be good-hearted and genuine, through and through.
Jackman is a hopeless romantic.
In 1994, Jackman met his future wife of almost two decades, Deborra-Lee Furness, on set of the Australian TV show, Correlli. Back then, 26-year-old Jackman was just a freshly minted drama-school grad, while Furness — who was 13 years his senior — was one of the most well-known actresses in Australia.
Jackman shared, “I was terrified when I realized I had a crush on the star of the show. I was like, ‘My first job, the leading lady. Embarrassing. She’s going to look at me like this young little puppy.’ I didn’t talk to her for a week. Finally, she said, ‘Have I done something to annoy you?’ I said, ‘Look, I’ve got a crush on you. I’m sorry.’ And she said, ‘Oh, I’ve got a crush on you too.’ And that was 20 years ago [laughs].”
On camera, the pair’s natural chemistry was on full display. They fell in love — fast. And their obvious connection was simply undeniable.
Jackman shared, “From day one, we were best mates. We just clicked. We were giggling and laughing—we just connected.”
Three and a half months after they met, Jackman personally designed a platinum and rose-gold diamond ring for Furness. And soon thereafter— he organized a romantic proposal. One sunny afternoon, Jackson asked Furness if she wanted to take a stroll through a local botanical garden. Little did Furness know that Jackman had arranged for an elegant table with croissants and flowers by the lake.
Jackman said that when they came upon the awaiting table, “Deb just stopped and said, ‘Oh, my God, it’s gorgeous.’ ” And as if in a chick flick, a group of school girls arrived and watched. “And I whispered in her ear, ‘Surprise,'” Jackman says. He pulled the ring out and proposed. Furness started to cry, but then the schoolgirls asked her, “What did you say?” With theatrical flair, “Deb stood on top of the table and called out, ‘I said yes!'” he recounted.
Eleven months later, on April 11, 1996, the lovestruck power-couple tied the knot in a small chapel with stained glass windows in Toorak, Victoria.
Both of their wedding rings were engraved, “Om paramar mainamar”, which translated means, “we dedicate our union to a greater source.”
Jackman takes marriage seriously and seizes every opportunity he gets to honor his wife.
Unlike many Hollywood marriages of our day, Jackman believes that marriage is a sacred union. And he’s often referred to as “the Hollywood heartthrob who gushes about his wife every chance he gets.”
When Jackman was asked if he has a slogan to live by, the 47-year-old replied: “Just have a go…and the other one, most important one, is drummed into me every single day, ‘happy wife, happy life’, that’s the most important slogan — we’re about to celebrate our 20th!”
On The Ellen DeGeneres Show in April, Jackman gushed about his wife saying,
“She’s the greatest thing that ever happened to me and it gets better and better… And I’m kind of really grateful that I met [her] before anything kind of happened because everything that’s happened in my career and on screen, off screen – we’ve always done it together.”
Watch the precious moment that caused thousands of women across America to swoon, as Jackman shamelessly brags on his wife:
Jackman takes his wife on a surprise date night once a week, every week.
Often seen hand-in-hand, laughing, or kissing; it’s pretty safe to say that Mr. and Mrs. Jackman are more in love now, than ever. Hugh’s beaming wife, Deborra-Lee Furness, shared the secret to their blissful marriage of over twenty years:
The happy wife shared, “We pick a different 10-block radius and we’ll go to Chinatown and have foot massages and find a new restaurant, or go to the Upper East Side and go to Harlem.”
That sneak-attack element has become Jackman’s favorite kind of surprise date-night. The proud hubby shared,
“My number one rule for romance is surprise. If I bring Deb flowers every Tuesday, yeah, it’s nice, but is it romantic? So much of life is about your routine. Once I pretended I was still on the set. I called Deb and said, ‘I’ll be back late tonight.’ Then I appeared hours earlier than she expected. And she got such a shock. I’d made reservations at our favorite lunch place. It was three hours before the kids finished school, and it was awesome because it was unplanned.”
Not only is Jackman a proud husband, he’s also an incredible father.
As newlyweds, the Jackmans planned to have children right away. The plan was to have biological children and then adopt. But when life threw them a curveball, Hugh and Deb allowed God to use it for their good and His glory.
Jackman explained, “That [adoption] was something both of us had always dreamed about. One of the families I used to stay with when my parents separated had five kids; two were adopted, so it didn’t seem abnormal to me.”
Jackman and Furness endured a heartbreaking journey which ultimately led them to God’s perfect plan.
After several rounds of IVF and two painful miscarriages, the Jackmans pursued adoption in the United States.
Jackman shared, “It’s a tough process, while you’re going through IVF and get pregnant, every day [the feeling is], ‘We’re still holding! We’re still holding…!’ You know how precarious it is and how much she’s been through to get there. And [miscarriage] is a massive letdown. It’s really difficult—and much harder for the woman. After their second miscarriage, I just remember saying to Deb, ‘We’ve always wanted to adopt. Let’s start going about that.'”
While working with their adoption lawyer in Los Angeles, Jackman made it clear that they wanted a baby most in need of a home. Jackman called it a “no-brainer” to ask for an interracial baby.
Jackman shared, “People wait 18 months to adopt a little blond girl, while biracial children are turned away.” Still, the Jackmans were rejected by a few birth mothers who didn’t want to give a child to “those Hollywood types who never stay together.”
But finally, in the spring of 2000, the hopeful parents received news of a baby who would soon arrive; he or she would be “a bit of everything,” as Jackman has put it: “African-American, Caucasian, Hawaiian, Cherokee.”
When Oscar arrived, the couple were ecstatic. Jackman shared, “Deb and I both thought, ‘This is our destiny. It was as if Oscar was going, ‘all right. I’d better look after you guys.'”
Five years later, they adopted Ava—half Mexican, half German—at 4-days-old, and their family was complete.
Their struggle to adopt in her native Australia led Deborra to start the Adopt Change foundation to raise awareness on the matter.
Jackman will risk his life for his family — and strangers.
This past Easter weekend, a terrifying close call revealed Jackman’s true colors — and America was pleasantly surprised to find just how far Jackman is willing to go for his kids.
While spending some quality time with his family at Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia, Jackman turned out to be just as fearless in real life as he is on the screen.
It all started when an unexpected riptide threatened to drown Jackman’s son, Oscar. The family trip to the beach took a turbulent turn and cameras captured footage of Jackman rescuing his son and several swimmers from the ferocious riptide.
Thanks to Jackman’s bravery, there were no injuries and the beach was temporarily closed after the incident. Jackman humbly shrugged off the incident as spending too much time in the United States.
Jackman told Sunrise News, “My son got a little caught, I’ve had him in America too long. That’s a sure sign. Getting caught in a rip, that’s a sure sign I haven’t had him at the beach enough.”
Jackman is determined to raise his children right.
When asked what keeps him up at night, Jackman shared that his worst fear is that his children will grow up to feel entitled.
He explained, “They’re growing up with great privileges and great challenges. And they have this fame and paparazzi that I didn’t have to encounter because no one was interested in my father. We worry a lot. In some ways they get a free pass from people when they shouldn’t be given a free pass…
I constantly talk to them about respect and gratitude. I say, ‘Unfortunately, I’m going to be tougher on you than I would be if I wasn’t famous, because people are actually going to be less tough on you in life.’ In a way they have to be better behaved, be more respectful, have more gratitude than other kids. I try to keep their life as down-to-earth as possible. I really do.”
Jackman hasn’t always had it easy.
Despite his rugged appearance and notoriously insisting on being his own stunt-double in movies, Jackman has faced a few health scares that would frighten even the likes of a former Wolverine.
In February of this year, the 47-year-old actor posted a photo to his Facebook page, which showed a bandage over his nose. Jackman confirmed his adoring fans’ worst fears and shared that he had just undergone his fourth skin cancer treatment.
Jackman underwent treatment for basal cell carcinoma — the most common form of skin cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, more than 8 in 10 of the 3.3 million Americans diagnosed with skin cancer each year have basal cell carcinoma like Jackman.
While recovering, Jackman urged fans, “PLEASE WEAR SUNSCREEN and get check ups regularly!”
Jackman unashamedly believes in God and dedicates every performance to his Savior.
In a recent interview, Jackman candidly shared about his Faith.
Jackman told Parade Magazine, “I’m a religious person, this is going to sound weird to you. In ‘Chariots of Fire’ the runner Eric Liddell says, ‘When I run, I feel His pleasure.’ And I feel that pleasure when I act and it’s going well, particularly onstage.
I feel what everyone’s searching for, the feeling that unites us all. I call it ‘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… there is nothing like it on the planet. It’s the moment people experience when they fall in love, which is equally frightening and exciting. That’s what it feels like.”
I’ve always loved Hugh Jackman, but after seeing how he honors his wife and cares for his kids — my love and respect for him has grown all the more! While hearing Jackman’s inspiring story, I just couldn’t help but think of Jeremiah 17:7 which reads,
“Blessed are those who trust in the Lord, and have made the Lord their hope and confidence.”
Thank you, Hugh Jackman, for resetting the bar when it comes to what a real husband, and father, should look like! America needs more inspiring men of Faith like Hugh Jackman! Please share if you agree!