In an emotional new interview, the ‘Les Miserables’ star opens up about the morning his mother left his family.
Hugh Jackman, 44, and his Les Miserables character Jean Valjean share a common value: the importance of family. In a recent interview with 60 Minutes, Hugh became extremely emotional while discussing his family and the heartbreaking day his mother left when he was only eight years old.
“I can remember the morning she left; it’s weird the things you pick up,” the actor told Scott Pelley. “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, Mum was there. And then that was it.”
After his mother left, Hugh and his four older siblings only saw their mother once a year. Although the actor was left without a mother at a young age, he still had a dependable father to rely on.
“My father is a rock,” Hugh said. “My father is my rock. It’s where I learned everything about loyalty, dependability, being there day in, day out, no matter what.”
Although Hugh is an internationally famous actor, his father keeps him grounded by reminding him about the most important thing in his life: family.
“It’s always about the family,” he said. “It’s not about work. And I think that’s him living with probably some of his regrets. And feelings of 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 Hugh’s emotional interview below.
— Jenny Pickard
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