Monday 22 January 2018

Hugh Jackman has the sweetest way of secretly acknowledging his wife on stage when he wins an award

Hugh Jackman (L) and wife Deborra-Lee Furness
Hugh Jackman (L) and wife Deborra-Lee Furness

Hugh Jackman sends a secret message to his wife whenever he wins an award.

The 'Greatest Showman' star - who has children Oscar, 17, and Ava, 12, with spouse Deborra-Lee Furness - believes he owes his career to his partner and always has a special way of thanking her for his success when he steps on stage to accept a prize.

Actor Hugh Jackman and his wife, Deborra-Lee Jackman attend the 2015 Global Citizen Festival to end extreme poverty by 2030 in Central Park on September 26, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for Global Citizen)
Actor Hugh Jackman and his wife, Deborra-Lee Jackman attend the 2015 Global Citizen Festival to end extreme poverty by 2030 in Central Park on September 26, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for Global Citizen)

He said: "Every time I go out on stage, if I go to an awards ceremony, or if I present the Oscars, I put my hand on my heart and I look for her in the crowd.

"That's my way of thanking her because for me, that's what really matters."

Actor Hugh Jackman, wife Deborra Lee Furness, children Oscar and Ava attend the handprint and footprint ceremony honoring Hugh Jackman at the Grauman's Chinese Theatre on April 21, 2009 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)
Actor Hugh Jackman, wife Deborra Lee Furness, children Oscar and Ava attend the handprint and footprint ceremony honoring Hugh Jackman at the Grauman's Chinese Theatre on April 21, 2009 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)

The 49-year-old actor claims his wife has always had bigger dreams for his career than he did and never gave up on her belief he'd be a success.

He said: "It would have been impossible without her. She always believed in me, knew I'd make it and I thought she was crazy, that she was merely in love and she was wrong.

Hugh Jackman (R) poses with his wife Deborra-Lee Furness
Hugh Jackman (R) poses with his wife Deborra-Lee Furness

"From the beginning she said, 'I know where you're going.' There is a power in dreams. I've worked hard but, somehow, the one who did all the dreaming was her."

But though Deborra-Lee is the dreamer in their relationship, Hugh admits he is "living" in a dream because things have turned out so well for him.

Hugh Jackman and Deborra-Lee Furness
attend the
Hugh Jackman and Deborra-Lee Furness attend the "Charles James: Beyond Fashion" Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

He told Britain's HELLO! magazine: "It's a really exciting time. My last two films have been very personal.

"They've taken up many years of my life. I also formed part of the production teams for them, which could not be more different.

Hugh Jackman and Deborra-lee Furness attend FOX, FX and Hulu 2018 Golden Globe Awards After Party at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 7, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Tibrina Hobson/Getty Images)
Hugh Jackman and Deborra-lee Furness attend FOX, FX and Hulu 2018 Golden Globe Awards After Party at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 7, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Tibrina Hobson/Getty Images)

"So I go from 'Logan', which is a very serious study in pain, loss, and the consequences of violence, to 'The Greatest Showman', which is cheerful, upbeat, unabashedly generous, inspiring feel-good and bright, and is made to bring a smile to your face, with all that singing and dancing.

"It's a dream, a dream Hugh Jackman is living."

Online Editors

Promoted Links

Style Newsletter

Stay on top of the latest fashion, beauty and celeb gossip in our Style newsletter.

Promoted Links

Also in this section