“Kids are the Greatest Joy,” Says Hugh Jackman

A great new article has just been released from the Herald Sun, in which Hugh talks about fatherhood. He touches on the pain of failed IVF attempts, but the joys of adopting and raising children. It’s a great read that only briefly touches on Real Steel (and how Oscar felt about Hugh working with another boy around his age). Check out an excerpt of it below, or read the entire piece in the Press Archive.

Despite many Hollywood stars having rags-to-riches stories, few tend to dwell on them. They’re more likely to talk about their latest role, their recent Oscar, their “blessed” existence. After all, who wants to admit the reality and spoil the fantasy that the rich and famous have perfect lives?

Hugh Jackman could be forgiven for focusing on the good stuff. The Sydney native has earned his place at the top of the showbiz heap (his pay cheque for 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine was rumoured to be $20 million), and with his boyish smile and chiselled physique, it would be easy to believe the all-singing, all-dancing star has enjoyed a trouble-free life.

But, from the moment he arrives for our chat, sans entourage and dressed in a simple outfit of black polo shirt and jeans, it’s clear the 42-year-old doesn’t pretend to be anything he’s not. And despite his A-list status and high earning power, he also doesn’t shy away from the parts of his life that have caused him heartache, namely his struggle to become a father.

“It was painful,” says Jackman of the moment he and wife Deborra-Lee Furness discovered they couldn’t have children. “It’s not easy. You put a lot of time and effort into it, so it’s emotional. I think any parent can relate – trying to have children is wonderful and when you feel as though that’s not going to happen, there’s a certain anxiety that goes with it.”

Pouring himself a glass of water, Jackman explains how, after meeting on the set of ABC prison drama “Correlli” in 1995, he and Furness decided to have children naturally, then adopt later in life. But things didn’t go to plan.

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