Following the incoming press for the upcoming Toronto concerts, Xtra! – “Canada’s gay and lesbian news” – has posted the following article on their site. In it, Hugh talks about his start as an actor and how it almost didn’t happen. It has been added to the Press Archive.
I think it was his eyes that got me at first: piercing blue with long, seductive lashes and just the right amount of crinkly bits in the skin surrounding them. Sure, I’d admired him on the screen before, but now, in person, I was struck anew by the truly fine specimen of masculine beauty that is Hugh Jackman.
He’s confident without seeming cocky. He’s well versed in current events without seeming arrogant. And he’s got an ass that would make a grown man weep — I know, because I did. Hugh (he asked me to call him that) is in town promoting his upcoming concert series with Mirvish Productions.
It’s quite a departure for those familiar only with Jackman’s action roles, in films such as Van Helsing or the X-Men franchise. Let’s face it: it’s hard to imagine Wolverine spinning around the stage belting out show tunes.
But Jackman actually got his start in musical theatre back home in Australia. Early childhood roles in plays like Camelot sparked an interest in singing and dancing — a curiosity that was quickly squashed when he announced it to his family.
“I would love to say I was Billy Elliot, but I wasn’t,” Jackman says. “My dad was like, ‘Terrific,’ but my brother was like, ‘Ah, you poof!’ I was only about 10 or 11, but I remember thinking that this is not a good thing.”
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