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There’s a short and sweet interview by Parade that was posted earlier this month but was somehow missed in the influx of Real Steel press. Hugh Jackman very briefly touches upon his training with Sugar Ray in this interview, but mostly he talks about family life: the element of surprise being beneficial to romance and how he plans on keeping potential suitors away from his daughter once she starts dating. Check out an excerpt below, then visit the source for the whole thing. It’s also been added to the press archive.
When Ava starts dating, how will you treat her suitors?
That’s when playing a role like Wolverine comes in handy. They’ll come by and I’ll casually have the claws in my hand. That would be more effective than a baseball bat!
You’ve been training for the next Wolverine film. Do you have a favorite last splurge the night before dieting?
Here’s what happens: I start with breakfast cereal in the afternoon, because that’s one of my favorite things. And then I have lasagna and ice cream for dinner.
Where do you call home these days?
My real home is Australia, but we currently live in New York. I love being on Broadway [he’s doing a one-man show from Oct. 25 through Jan. 1], but the real reason is that Deb loves the city. Happy wife, happy life.
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!!!!!!
There’s a great new – albeit short – interview by New York Magazine on the launch of Laughing Man Coffee. Hugh Jackman is asked about his inspiration behind this new charity. He also talks about his current favorite restaurants and jokes about who he wants his son, Oscar, to marry in the future. (Hint: the wedding would no doubt be filled with wonderful food.) Check out an excerpt below, then head to the source for more. It’s also been added to the press archive.
Was it [Jean-Georges] who inspired Laughing Man?
Paul Newman did, actually. Eight years ago, I read the book written by his partner, and at that point, I thought, some day, I’d like to start that sort of business that gives back and has longevity. In every way, I look up to Paul Newman. From acting, to the way he handled himself; he’s just authentic. We want to make money and create jobs, but the profits after that, entirely going to charity.
Hugh Jackman wasn’t planning to do much to celebrate his 43 birthday on Wednesday. After the morning launch event for his new charity-supporting coffee company, Laughing Man Coffee & Tea, at ABC Kitchen in New York, he would be stuck on a plane to London — but instead he got a birthday surprise!
While it was early for a frosting-covered cake, Hugh was all smiles when his wife Deborra-Lee Furness, friends and business partners surprised him by singing happy birthday and giving him a candle-covered cake.
It was the second birthday cake in less than 24 hours for Hugh. His wife Deborra-Lee told OK! that she and Hugh celebrated the night before with their two kids Oscar and Ava.
“It was our dream night!” she told OK!. “We stayed at home with the kids and had birthday cake.”
The Reel Steel actor looked fit and trim at the event – despite having indulged in two slices of Magnolia Bakery’s banana cake.
“I love it — it’s my favorite cake!” Hugh told OK!.
Deborra-Lee says she’s currently on a detox after a summer of eating cream and champagne around Europe, but admits it’s hard for the couple to resist the treat. “They’re right next door to us!” she said.
Hugh made sure to keep his birthday festivities low-key, as not to overshadow the event he really wanted to celebrate — the Laughing Man Coffee & Tea launch.
“We have a motto at Laughing Man and that is ‘all be happy,’” Hugh told the crowd.
The coffee company project has been a year in the works for Hugh, inspired after he took a trip to Ethiopia with his wife and the NGO World Vision International and spent time on coffee farms, where he met a farmer named Dukale. Now, he has a coffee named Dukale’s Dream and has committed to giving all of the profits to charity, split between World Vision and The Harlem Village Academy.
“At Laughing Man we want to make money, don’t get me wrong — then we want to give it away,” Hugh said. “Every time you buy Dukale’s Dream you are making such a massive difference to not only your day but to a man’s and a community’s life.”