Hugh Jackman is making the rounds to promote his film “Les Miserables,” including a visit at 60 Minutes Sunday night, where he cried talking about his dad on camera.
The 44-year-old actor opened up about his growing up in Sydney Australia with his five siblings and dad, sharing how he felt when their mom walked away when he was 8 years old.
Jackman told interviewer Scott Pelley, “I can remember the morning she left, it’s weird the things you pick up. I remember her being in a towel around her head and saying goodbye, must have been the way she said goodbye. As I went off to school, when I came back, there was no one there in the house. The next day there was a telegram from England, Mom was there. And then that was it. I don’t think she thought for a second it would be forever. I think she thought it was, ‘I just need to get away, and I’ll come back.’ Dad used to pray every night that Mom would come back.”
Hugh Jackman obviously thinks highly of his father and shared the impact that his father had on his life. The elder Jackman gave this advice today: “My father is a rock. My father is my rock. It’s where I learned everything about loyalty, dependability, being there day in, day out, no matter what…. It’s always about the family. It’s always, ‘How’s Deb?’ It’s not about work. And I think that’s him living with probably some of his regrets. And feelings of maybe he at the wrong time put too much in his career. And he doesn’t want me to make me that mistake. In his gentle way, he always reminds me this the most important thing.”
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