Hugh Jackman cries on 60 minutes when talking about family: Oscar bid or real?

These are photos of Hugh Jackman at the Les Miserables premiere in New York last night. (Kaiser covered the ladies’ awful fashion here.) He was there with his wife of 16 years, Deborra-Lee Furness, aka “that lucky bitch.” I love these two together and hope we never hear a whiff of scandal about them.

Hugh was interviewed on 60 Minutes this Sunday, and it’s an understatement to say that I enjoyed it. I loved seeing that interview, and although I’m already a fan I came away with more respect and adoration for Hugh than ever. Hugh’s Les Mis co-star Anne Hathaway may be blanketing us with her Oscar campaign, but I think Hugh just cinched it in this single, focused segment.

A lot of outlets are focusing on Hugh breaking down crying when he describes how his mother abandoned his family, including his father and Hugh’s two brothers and two sisters, when he was just eight. (Hugh has since reconnected with his mother, and did see her about once a year after she left.) Hugh has discussed this before, and it’s not exactly when he started crying in the interview. Hugh started crying when talking about how his father, who raised him and his siblings as a single parent, tells him to value his family above all else. It wasn’t a put on from Hugh and you could tell that he was genuinely affected.

That wasn’t the part of Hugh’s interview that got me choked up, though. I got choked up seeing segments of his performance in Les Mis. If just a clip from the film is that powerful, imagine how incredible the whole movie is going to be. I want this Oscar for Hugh. Here are some highlights from his interview, and the video is in full below.

On singing live while filming Les Mis instead of recording it in the studio
You get an emotional truth. For example, there’s one song and it’s, literally, written like this: “What have I done, sweet Jesus? What have I done? Become a thief in the night, become a dog on the run. Have I fallen so far and is the hour so late that nothing remains but the cry of my hate?” That’s how it’s written… I could mix it up, I could take a pause. If I was emotional, I could be emotional.

On his mom leaving his family in Australia to return to her native England
Yeah. I don’t think she thought for a second it would be forever when she went. I think she thought it was, “I just need to get away, and I’ll come back.” Dad used to pray every night that mum would come back.

On if he worried his dad would leave too
Never, in a million years, could I imagine, my father is a rock. My father is my rock. It’s where I learned everything about loyalty, dependability, about being there day-in, day-out, no matter what.

On meeting his future wife during his first acting job
I just had an absolute certainty that she was the person I was gonna be with for the rest of my life. Even when Deb tried to break up with me, which she did. I said– “Don’t worry, I get it. I’m your worst nightmare. A young actor in his first job, but don’t worry. We’re gonna be together. This is it.”

On the advice his dad gives him now (this is when he starts to cry)
It’s always about the family. Ah, ah, it’s all– sorry, mate. It’s always, “How’s Deb?” It’s not about work. And I think that’s him living with, probably, some of his regrets and feelings of maybe he– you know, at the wrong time, put too much into his career. And he doesn’t want me to make that mistake. And so, in his gentle way, he always reminds me this is the most important thing.

On preparing his body for his roles
Well this is your tool as much as your voice, as much as your emotions, and so I’ve always taken that very seriously and I love playing Wolverine. It’s a great character, but I want it to be better than the last time. I want to be physically in better shape, otherwise, there’s no point doing it.

On if he thought it would limit his career to playing gay songwriter Peter Allen on Broadway
Never thought it for a second. What sexuality you are is not the most interesting thing about you. It’s the kind of person you are. And that role, just, had, first of all, it was naughty.

I would never give myself permission to do the things I did as Peter Allen. And his sexuality, for me, w– is another costume. It’s a personality trait, it’s not who you really are. However, when I was doing Peter Allen, there’s a scene where I kiss my boyfriend, who’s dying of AIDS. And I go in for the kiss, and I heard this, “Don’t do it, Wolverine.”

[From 60 Minutes]

This is why I love Hugh. He comes across as so dedicated to his wife and kids and incredibly honed to his craft. There’s something so real and so heartfelt about Hugh. He’s rare among leading men and his talent is undeniable.

Also, we may see Hugh out with his children in his everyday life, but it’s very interesting to me that they weren’t shown on 60 Minutes. He could have easily filmed a quick scene outdoors playing with them, but he didn’t. He decided to keep them off camera when he could have used them to bolster his family man image.

Here’s the interview, in full, from 60 Minutes. There’s an amazing performance from Hugh, in Les Mis, around 4:00. He talks about his mother leaving at around 5:00. Hugh’s wife is interviewed around 8:30. At 9:10 Hugh starts crying. The highlight, though, is when he works out at 10:40! Holy crap look at his arms.

My advice to Deborra-Lee – work on your shoe game, girl. You already won the man lottery.

Hugh looks so good with that Wolverine beard!

Premiere photos credit: Joseph Marzullo/

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  1. L says:

    That part about his dad choked me up to.

    I love this guy. Fantastic all around actor and seems like a stand up guy.

  2. Amelia says:

    I don’t think there’s much I can say that others won’t say before me.
    All I’ll say is that I really hope that he gets at least a nomination and I wish him all the luck in the world for the future.
    What a genuinely nice bloke.

  3. serena says:

    Gosh, I really really hope he’ll get this Oscar. Screw Anne Hathaway and her miserable campaign, she’s getting too much on my nerves, Hugh deserves it. Give that damn Oscar to him.

  4. RuddyZooKeeper says:

    Well that officially annihilated the “Stalk-Seduce-Etc-Wolverine” section of my bucket list.

  5. bea says:

    Your advise to “Work on your shoe game, girl” caused me to actually LOL!

    Great interview. Really comes off as sincere.

  6. Mia 4S says:

    I think a nomination is pretty certain as he seems great in the role and he is REALLY well liked. I saw him on Broadway, he was stunning! So gorgeous too! Nice to see some genuine talent recognized.

  7. Jamteezy says:

    love him. forever dong!!!!!

  8. Cody says:

    I saw that interview and I was moved by it. I hope he gets a nomination.

  9. Apples says:

    Um, I was a little teary with him while reading this article.
    Hugh for the win!

  10. PrettyTarheel says:

    I love that they have a family that works for them. It may not be traditional *cough* but they seem genuinely dedicated to each other and their children, and determined to raise them in a normal, healthy life. He seems to be one of the few truly decent men in Hollywood. I wish him all the critical and financial acclaim that can be bestowed.

    ETA: I will never, ever, ever, ever be ok with those shoes. Like ever. They deserve a break up song written just about them.

  11. LAK says:

    To think that back in the day, two unknown aussie actors took up residency in the westend, one playing in Oklahoma (Hugh) completely overshadowed by the one playing in Saturday night fever ( adam Garcia) with talk of great hollywood things for Adam. A year after that, XMEN came out vs COYOTE UGLY. Game over I’d say.

    These days I struggle to remember Adam Garcia or why he was considered hotter than Hugh.

    • Miss M says:

      Good thinking. Where is Adam now? When I think about coyote ugly, I remember how Leanne Rhymes used to be a good country singer…lol

      Hugh is really talented. He can play in an action movie, on Broadway, children’ movies, etc. How many actors his generation can do that? + it doesn’t hurt to be that handsome and charming.

  12. Dani says:

    This probably won’t go over well with everyone, and no offense or anything but…she kind of reminds me of my grandma. She seems older than him, and she definitely dresses like she’s 60+.

  13. MsLib says:

    First I read the shoe comment CB.
    Then I scrolled down and looked.
    Finally I fell off my chair gagging and crying out OMG!! OHG!!
    Great article but jeez those shoes look like something I wore in the 70s. Regardless of your age or foot issues, you can don a pair of cute heels for the picture
    They have enough money to buy god – so why the ugg pumps?

    And while we are at it — should I really just rip this long-time wife apart – try something a little more form fitting than a black fluffy tent. My BFF told me not to wear over sized clothing and I stopped (well, most of the time). Deborra-Lee needs a friend from LI to help her too: with make-up, hair style, and outfits. D-L can call me and I’ll give her the number.

  14. aims says:

    Now thats a man! I love a man that knows whats really important. He is a rarity.

  15. Tiffany says:

    I was a fan for life after the way he handled Bryan Singer trash talking him after X men. It does not really surprise me that he has had the success that he has.

  16. Madpoe says:

    omg i thought maybe I was the only one that noted the shoes! lol.
    <3 Hugh!

  17. GossipG says:

    I want to dry Wolverine’s tears.OMG I want him SOOOOOOOOOO BAD!!drips all over..
    *he’s not even my type of chocolat @all, BUT for him,my mind made a shift*
    We can say what we want about the shoes,BUT the shoes are closer to Wolverine then we will ever BE> ME JEALOUS!

  18. Em says:

    ”Don’t do it, Wolverine” = Epicly hilarious.

  19. Diana says:

    Love, love, love him! I really hope he gets and Oscar nom because he truly deservs it.

  20. mia girl says:

    Hugh + Les Miserable = I can not contain myself

  21. bns says:

    Of course it’s strategy, but it doesn’t mean it’s completely insincere. I have a feeling that if it were Hathaway crying about her family the tone of this post would be much different…

    • Lauli says:

      I agree with you. I can’t help thinking that something doesn’t add up.

    • bluhare says:

      I think it’s safe to say that most Celebitches love Hugh and have a love/hate relationship with Anne.

    • yoyo says:

      Yeah, well I don’t buy it for a second.

      It’s 100% strategy and I agree that if it was Anne the hounds would be released and rightfully so;

      But Hugh always gets a pass here which I don’t get because to me there is always something incredubly fake about him. I put him in the same category as Will Smith and Tom Cruise: People who smile way too much, give off weird carebear vibes and get emotional at totally inappropriate times.

      Wish you could add emoticons here because I would put a dubious smiley face right here, you know the one with the raised eyebrow that goes “What you talkin’ about willis?!”

      • Tiger says:

        It’s not only a strategy but a well worn one and pretty sickening. Hugh is fake, and his wife is a setup – everyone in this town knows what his deal is. He lies through his teeth, then contradicts himself with his prefabricated stories.

        The kind of business it is though, people turn a blind eye. He has plenty of company that do what he does so people rarely rock the boat.

        But it’s pretty cool when people call them on it.

  22. Miss You Enclave24 says:

    I think the entire cast is one big Oscar campaign. On one side I cant blame them because everyone is very talented and made the effort to be true to their characters and the time it took for production and design crew to make the set authentic to that era, deserves recognition.

    However, after watching Hugh’s interview and reading about Hatthaway; I get the feeling they think they “deserve” as Oscar nod as opposed to just hoping and praying for one.

    I personally think its a shameless Oscar campaign and I cant wait to see the movie and sincerely hope I can understand the ego behind the roles.

  23. Mara says:

    He is the nicest actor in Hollwood ,many actors who work with him said that ,he and his wife are a very nice couple .

  24. TG says:

    I don’t pay much attention to Jackman since he is too hairy for my liking but I enjoyed this article and the adoring comments and since the commenters on here are pretty sharp I think I like this guy too since he does seem like a class act. I agree with @Miss You Enclave24 about all of them and not just Jackman and Anne think they deserve an Oscar. Every year we see this playing out.

  25. bluhare says:

    I didn’t like the stage show (I saw it in Seattle; is that why?). I was bored the second half. But I plan to see the movie, maybe even on Christmas Day if I can talk my nephew into going. He says he hates Andrew Lloyd Weber (he’s a musical theatre snob), but I’m going to try anyway.

    I know it’s premiered in Britain already; has anyone seen it already? Is it as good as I’m hoping?

  26. Moi says:

    Oh dear I love him so much. His wife is so damn lucky grrrrr. “Don’t do it Wolverine”, bwahaha, luv it.

  27. Reece says:

    I saw this on tv I thought it was genuine.
    Everything this time of year has an underlying Oscar bid, meh, doesn’t bother me.

  28. Lucinda says:

    If he thinks he “deserves” this Oscar, so what? He probably does. The man has already consistently shown his versatility and if you look at the history of Oscar winners, there are many that in retrospect shouldn’t have one. You can think you deserve the Oscar for what you think is your best performance yet and still be genuinely humbled when your peers recognize that too and give you the award.

    Love him.

  29. Rita says:

    I thought the 60 Minutes interview was great. He is truly a man of good character as was his father. So refreshing to see this in any man but particularly in Hollywood.

  30. Amanda G says:

    I hope he gets an Oscar nom… And a WIN will put me over the edge! I feel in love with this guy when I saw him in Someone Like You! I know there is talk of him and Deb having an arrangement, but I hope it’s not true. Just because he’s good looking and played a gay man and has an older wife doesn’t mean he’s gay. In any case, he seems genuine and is a real family man. I also think he was the best host the Oscars had in years!

  31. lilred says:

    Would be wonderful if he got an Oscar nom. Great actor, awesome body, gentle soul (it seems). Go Wolverine!

  32. Ron says:

    I think Hugh will get a nomination, but her can cry all he wants because Daniel Day Lewis is going to win best actor this year. Everyone else is just an accessory nom this year.

  33. denise henderson says:

    I love this guy and wish him the best in life.

  34. j.eyre says:

    I adore these two: – Him I want on a cracker and her I want to emulate, except with far better shoes.

  35. CM says:

    I like Hugh. I think he’s a great actor. I think what I like best about him, is that he seems pretty well-rounded, happy, and like a nice person, which is rare in Hollywood. Even more so, when you consider that his upbringing wasn’t the happiest. I think we share the opinion that lives (and families) are built-and don’t simply drop out of the sky, or ‘happen’. Re his wife’s shoes: I’ve heard that shoes that are wedges or platforms are easier on the legs and feet than regular heels, so since he’s over 6 ft, so I think she probably wanted something to give her some height and be comfortable to wear. I could think of worse things to for her to wear-namely, the ‘Minnie Mouse’ shoes I keep seeing. When will they go away? On topic-can’t wait to see ‘Les Miserables’. It’s my favorite book!

  36. Jayna says:

    I loved loved this interview. It was a nice surprise. I was watching 60 Minutes and didn’t even realize he was going to be on it.

  37. XOGAMI says:

    His wife ALWAYS wears those UGLY clunky shoes, google pics of her if you don’t believe me!

  38. ms. heart says:

    he definitely deserves an Oscar for faking being straight and crying about his “family life”. he is slowly morphing into Rupert Everett.

  39. Janet says:

    Love him. She must be some woman! Happy for them they seem real in a sea full of fake. Oh and his arms and body…could stare all day!

  40. SheldonJ says:

    All you jaded cynics out there who believe Hugh Jackman deserves an Oscar for the tears he shed on 60 Minutes can go filet yourselves. A couple weeks before the 60 Minutes interview, Mr. Jackman stated in a radio interview that his father was diagnosed with a terminal illness. Perhaps that’s why he became emotional???

  41. kibbles says:

    Hugh is the perfect man in my eyes. He’s got it all. Incredibly sincere, handsome, kind, a great husband and father, and a talented actor. Deborra-Lee is the luckiest woman in the world to be married to a man like that. Not a lot of men like Hugh Jackman out there.

  42. dahlianoir says:

    He’s the anti-Gerard Butler. I wish him the best, but looks like he worked to get it :)