Hugh Jackman abandoned by mother

Hugh Jackman spoke on 60 Minutes last Sunday about starring in the upcoming musical blockbuster Les Misérables. Jackman reflected on his role as Jean Valjean, saying it “demands everything of me, as a singer, as an actor,” adding, “It’s the role of a lifetime.” Jackman—renowned for playing tough characters like X-Men‘s Wolverine — surprised viewers when he got emotional while speaking about his mother leaving his family. Jackman was born in Sydney to English-born parents who immigrated to Australia in the 1960s. Hugh, the youngest of five, was brought to tears recalling the day his mother abandoned the family and reminisced that it “must have been the way she said goodbye…the next day there was a telegram from England,” saying that “Mom was there.” Jackman’s father raised Hugh and his five siblings as a single parent, and Jackman explained that while “Dad used to pray every night that Mom would come back,” it was from him “where I learned everything about loyalty, dependability, being there day in, day out, no matter what.” ~Brandon Bastaldo

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  1. Kelly • December 11, 2012 @ 11:21 PM

    Oh geez. She was really something. I wonder how she felt when he became famous. Horrible human being!!!!!

  2. C-Dub • December 12, 2012 @ 6:28 PM

    Now women will desire him even more.
    Even I like the guy. My dad was a single parent to my sister and I. But 5 kids, wow. Good on his dad for teaching how to be an honourable man.

  3. Rita • December 13, 2012 @ 7:01 AM

    Good For His Dad for teaching him Loyalty and for staying there for someone, no matter what; as Mr. Jackman says!! I only heard of the expression: ‘good on you’, this year. To me it sounds like: those clothes ‘look good on you’ – for example. It sounds strange to me and always will. To be clear: Never heard of it up untill a year ago!

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