Hugh Jackman believes in giving back

September 7, 2018


Australia’s own Hollywood film star Hugh Jackman is the ultimate in masculine good looks and confidence.

Which is why he is a perfect ambassador for RUOK? day, proving that confidence and masculinity can go hand in hand with sensitivity and vulnerability.

While Hugh gives his time to many causes, this is one that is close to his heart.

“I’m really inspired by what was created with RUOK? Day, because I think staying connected is one thing but it’s easy to take people for granted because you see them every day—they all seem fine and you don’t know when someone
is struggling,” he reflects.

And this is where Hugh feels that RUOK? Day makes a real difference.

“We can all put on a brave face that everything’s OK, when it’s not. Sometimes just a friend coming up to you and saying, ‘Is everything good, mate? RUOK?’ can open up the opportunity for people to talk about what’s going on. It’s a simple thing but a valuable thing,” Hugh says.

While to our eyes he may seem to be the most successful Australian Hollywood actor in recent times, Hugh has had his own share of bad news that could have knocked him sideways.

In 2003 he took on the role of legendary Australian entertainer Peter Allen in the musical The Boy From Oz. While the show went on to enormous success, including a Tony award for Hugh and a long run, the initial reviews were dreadful—The New York Times dubbed it “an indisputably bogus show” with the New York Magazine describing Hugh’s performance as lacking “spark, vivacity or joy”.

“We got killed in the reviews. Scathing! Like ‘This is the worst show…ever’!” Hugh told Men’s Fitness magazine.

Getting notices like this for a debut can be devastating, but the show became one of Broadway’s triumphs.

Hugh’s desire to help make the world a better place stems from a deep belief.

Hugh is best known for his film roles like Wolverine, and P.T. Barnum in The Greatest Show on Earth, but versatile Hugh was also a hit on London’s West End as Curly in the classic musical Oklahoma! He also provided the voice of Memphis the Emperor Penguin in Happy Feet and Roddy the rat in the film Flushed Away. This is one versatile actor.

But one of his favourite roles was in the Australian television prison drama Corelli in 1995, because that’s where he met his wife of 22 years, actor Debora-lee Furness, who had the lead role. 

“Meeting my wife was the greatest thing to come out of it,” Hugh told Bio­graphy Today.

Hugh’s initial career aim was journalism, and his acting training at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts followed his Bachelor of Arts in Communications.

Hugh’s desire to help make the world a better place stems from a deep belief.

“Before I go on stage every night I pause and dedicate the performance to God,” he told

“I’m a Christian—I was brought up with the religious sense of giving back.”

Hugh Jackman is a man who practises what he preaches. 


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