Hugh Jackman Opens Up About 17-Year Marriage
It's 7 p.m. in the Toronto airport, and after a grueling day of doing press at the film festival, Wolverine himself—Hugh Jackman—is going through security. No claws. Check. Many fans. Check.
Jackman not only breezes through security, but stops to shake every hand and take pictures with fans ranging from age 10 to 80. "These are the people who put me where I am today," says Jackman, who's been married to Australian actress Deborra-Lee Furness since 1996. "I love getting out there and meeting the people."
How nice is Hugh Jackman? Two hours later, the woman sitting next to me on the plane back to the West Coast has a dreamy look in her eye and shows me her iPhone. "I was buying magazines and ran into Hugh Jackman!" she gushes. "He even took a picture with me.
YourTango: What's your secret to having one of the best marriages in this business?
Hugh Jackman: You love each other — and respect each other. You truly want to be together.
YourTango: Does your wife have any major house rules?
Hugh Jackman: My wife says whenever anyone says to me, 'Hey, Hugh, you're looking kind of stylish' then that's the time I have to say, 'Oh, that's my wife.' She told me, 'Honey, I don't need a lot of applause, but I do need it in the style department.'
YourTango: That's hilarious.
Hugh Jackman: My wife told me if she ever reads me saying, 'Yeah, I really love fashion. I know what to wear' then she will slap me around!
YourTango: How did you know Deb was The One.
Hugh Jackman: I think you just know. There isn't a question mark there.
YourTango: What is your best parenting advice? Your daughter Ava is now 8 and son Oscar is 13. What is life like at Chez Jackman?
Hugh Jackman: My best parenting advice is to give you no advice. The only parents who give advice are the ones who are not parents yet. Don't trust the advice. Just do it.
YourTango: Does your wife keep things centered when you're filming?
Hugh Jackman: She's the greatest. I'm one of the lucky ones. She's very wise, a great actress, and a great wife and mother. Did you see her host The View? She does it all. I'm really proud of her.
YourTango: We all know you're Wolverine. What power would you like to have in real life?
Hugh Jackman: Definitely teleporting. I'm always on planes. I'm one of those people who pack too much into life and the traveling gets really tiring. It would be nice to teleport myself home every night, walk the dog, and then go to sleep with my kids in the next rooms and my wife next to me. Heaven.