Hugh Jackman – along with other celebrities like Stephen King, Gene Hackman, Gillian Anderson, Alan Cumming, and Kathleen Turner – have recently been involved with project called Dear Me, in which they write letters to their 16-year-old selves. A book entitled Dear Me: More Letters to My Sixteen Year Old Self will contain the letters of many other stars giving advice to themselves. The book will be released on October 27th, but you can pre-order it at The Guardian’s bookstore. Hugh’s letter can be read in the graphic above, and a transcript has been provided below:
Just thought I would pop you a little note to see how you are (even though I know) and to tell you that yes!!! There will come a time when you get over Penny dumping you at the bus stop. In fact you will see her in a couple of yrs and wonder why you cried every time you heard the Lionel Richie song “Penny Lover”.
Oh and the patch of zits you get on your forehead will also go, but probably not as quickly as you hope. And Yes, you will get to move into the big room in the house as soon as your brother Ralph leaves.
Right now the important stuff is out of the way…..I will tell you a few things that may help you on the way. I don’t want to spoil any surprises for you, so some of this may sound a little vague.
Things are going to be different from how you imagine them. I know you don’t have a clear idea of what you are going to do with your life, and I know that drives you a little crazy… particularly as you get asked about it every other day of your life. But when you are asked just smile and say “no idea…but when I do know I’ll get back to you”.
Truth be told much of what is gig to happen will surprise the pants off you… it will be way better than your wildest imaginings.
Love life? (spoiler alert) You will meet an incredible woman, and the choice to marry her will be the easiest choice of your life. Just listen to your gut. Keep writing down one list…and one list only… the 5 things you love to do, and the 5 things you are good at…they will keep changing, but one day they will match up… and there is your path…but even then keep writing your list just to make sure you are still on the right track.
Your nature is to be hard on your self… to push yourself… be careful of this… it can veer you off track faster than anything.
There is so much more to say, that would make you feel great to hear… but I don’t want to spoil the surprise.
You have had many blessings in life, and will have many more… never forget where those blessings come from.
Oh… and in about 10 years there will be a hit song that you love called “wear sunscreen”…..and a hell of a lot of it is true… particularly the bit out WEARING SUNSCREEN!!!! Hint hint.
I love you
P.S. buy shares in Google when they are invented!!!!!!