Hugh Jackman on 60 Minutes.
Hugh Jackman was interviewed by US 60 Minutes on Sunday and was predictably Jackman-esque - that is, effusive, warm, magnanimous and generally wonderful. But Jackman, who is of course being celebrated for his role as Jean Valjean in Les Miserables, (less than 20 days to go guys!) was not afraid to show his vulnerable side, opening up about his mother's abandonment.
"I can remember the morning she left, it's weird the things you pick up," he said with tears in his eyes. "I remember her being in a towel around her head and saying goodbye, must have been the way she said goodbye. As I went off to school, when I came back, there was no one there in the house. The next day there was a telegram from England, Mom was there. And then that was it. I don't think she thought for a second it would be forever. I think she thought it was, 'I just need to get away, and I'll come back.' Dad used to pray every night that Mom would come back."
Jackman was the youngest of five, and his father, Chris, took of the responsibility of his children as a single parent.
"My father is a rock. My father is my rock," he said. "It's where I learned everything about loyalty, dependability, being there day in, day out, no matter what."
Asked what advice does his father give him now, Jackman replied
"It's always about the family, It's not about work."
"And I think that's him living with probably some of his regrets," Jackman explained of his father's advice. "And feelings [that] maybe he, at the wrong time, put too much in his career. And he doesn't want me to make me that mistake. In his gentle way, he always reminds me this the most important thing."
Watch it on the video below.