Hugh Jackman’s life slogan isn’t about working out, eating well or sunscreen

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You guys have probably seen the headlines already and know that Hugh Jackman is gushing about his wife, Deborra-Lee Furness, yet again, but I just had to cover this. I’ve covered Hugh over the years and I know that he has a strict schedule he follows including what and when he eats, how he exercises, and when he practices singing. He’s had multiple bouts of skin cancer and has talked about the importance of using sunscreen. He’s also adopted two children and runs an adoption charity with his wife. So you might expect that Hugh’s life slogan would be about perseverance in the face of adversity, one of the causes he champions, or even a higher power considering how much that means to him. Instead just a couple of things came to mind, and one was his wife of 20 years.

Remember that Hugh recently saved his son and several other swimmers from a dangerous riptide at Bondi Beach. He was so shaken afterwards that he didn’t speak to the news crews gathered on the beach. During this interview, at the Australian premiere of Eddie the Eagle, he blew off suggestions that he was a hero and instead talked about the lifeguards.

How about you getting off the plane and saving people on the beach. Are we going to see you as a full-time member of the Bondhi life-saving crew?
No, it wasn’t nearly as bad. But those guys [the lifeguards], I was watching them all day. I saw them rescue a whole lot of people. It was a rough surf that day. My son got a little caught. I’ve had him in America too long. He still does have vegemite on toast but getting caught in a rip that’s a sure sign I haven’t had him on the beach enough.

Is there a slogan you live by?
Oh yeah, ‘have a go.’ Just have a go. Oh the other one, most important one. It’s drummed into me every single day. Happy wife, happy life. We’re about to celebrate our 20th.

[From People]

I guess “have a go” is the Australian version of “just do it.” This movie might have brought that to mind, considering it’s about a 22 year-old manual laborer who learned how to ski jump in order to compete in the Olympics. After that, he’s all about his wife. I’ve said it before, but I do think he’s very genuine and very grateful for his partnership with Deborra-Lee. They make a great couple and seem to really support each other. It’s refreshing to see.

Hugh was a bonafide hero earlier this week and that post didn’t get nearly enough comments. You know what I’m saying!

Hugh Jackman spends a day out with his wife Deborra-Lee Furness, daughter Ava Eliot and dogs in Manhattan, NYC

Hugh Jackman spends a day out with his wife Deborra-Lee Furness, daughter Ava Eliot and dogs in Manhattan, NYC

Australian premiere of 'Eddie the Eagle' at Village Cinemas Crown

Photos credit: WENN and Pacific Coast News

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  1. Alix says:

    LOL, “have a go” to me sounded like a nice way of saying “take a poop”.

    Jackman is awesome. Can you imagine an American being too shaken up to enjoy a few minutes in front of a news camera? Bloody unlikely.

    • SusanneToo says:

      Actually, I can imagine that. I would turn my back on cameras. We’re not all famewhores, honestly.

    • Palar says:

      Have A Go IS an Aussie version of Just Do It. Good analysis Celebitchy.

    • Annika says:

      Famewhores exist in every country, Alix.

    • MCraw says:

      Lmao. That’s hilarious.

      I didn’t expect that even after all of the prepping CB gave. “Have a go” lol

      I like that. Simple.

    • Shambles says:

      I’m assuming you meant an American celebrity, and I can see where you’re coming from on that. But you may need to clarify, because it sounds like you’re insinuating that all Americans are attention hungry, which is a little insulting. I know we look really bad on the world stage right now, but not ALL of us are idiots, I promise. It gets tiring constantly having to defend your American-ness. It’s not my fault I was born into this country, and I’m doing my absolute best with what I have.

      • Sixer says:

        I think “American celebrities” are a different species to “Americans”. Bit like “British royals” are a different species to “Britons”.

        My habit is to view the former in both cases as zoo specimens and the latter in both cases as generally charming.

        Does that help, lovely?

      • SusanneToo says:

        What I was saying except better.

    • Stacy says:

      I assume you meant American celebrity….not that your assessment is even correct then. There are plenty of Americans, the majority I would say, who are not fame whores.

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      I am usually very bristly about general comments about Americans, but come on, have you ever seen a baseball game or someone interviewed on the street in the US and there are all those dopes in the background trying to get their big mugs in the picture for one second? I can see how someone would get the impression that Americans live to be in front of camera. Of course, not all of us do, but there are plenty out there who will behave like complete jackasses to get attention.

      • SusanneToo says:

        I guess the problem for me is that there are stereotypes about every nationality, but I would never make blanket, generalized jabs at ALL Brits, Aussies, Germans, Chinese, etc., etc., based on those stereotypes. A lot of people on CB seem to have no problem throwing gratuitous sneers at ALL of us for no reason. A thread about HJ for crying out loud! I’m not a flag waver-I’m as lefty as you can get, but it gets tiresome being lumped in with the basest aspects of America. Excuse the rant, but, really?

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        Yeah, I hear you. I’m usually the one ranting, so I get it. We aren’t one big lump of sameness over here.

      • frisbee says:

        Um – as it happen in the UK we have exactly the same kind of moron’s making utter twits of themselves if they see a camera in the street, I think you might find it goes on in most places. The majority of us will run screaming in the opposite direction at the sight of a camera but there is always the idiotic minority who want to wave to their Mum – understandable for the very young, mortifying when anybody else does it. I get severe second hand embarrassment just watching the local news on TV some nights.

  2. Maya says:

    Love Hugh and the way he genuinely loves his wife – others might not agreed but to him, she is the most beautiful woman in the world.

    They also seem to be wonderful parents and I love how open they have been with their struggles to have biological children.

    • KTQ says:

      I think Deb is gorgeous. She has aged beautifully. Her fun loving spirit always shines through, so it’s easy to see why Hugh would adore her. Hell, I think I’m a little in love with her too.

      • hoopjumper says:

        ITA. That picture of her on the scooter is fabulous!

      • scottiegal says:

        I agree. I think she is a sexy woman. I understand what attracted him to her. I think intelligence and confidence is more sexual than topless selfies.

    • CharlotteCharlotte says:

      I’ve said it before, but it bears repeating : Deb is a very sexy woman. I totally get her appeal, and I’ve only ever seen her in pictures. I can imagine that I person, her allure must be palpable.

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      I agree Maya. I don’t find her pretty at all, and I don’t say that to be mean. I think she is beautiful to him because he loves her and knows her soul in a way I don’t. I think it’s sad that people are saying she’s gorgeous and all that when she is just a ordinary woman on the surface. Everyone doesn’t have to be gorgeous to be loved. She’s gorgeous to him, and that’s all that matters.

      • CharlotteCharlotte says:

        I would find it sad if people were calling her ugly, or unattractive (which happens a lot). I don’t find it sad that people are saying they find her attractive. Saying I find her sexy and attractive is not saying that she needs to be those things to be loved. If anything, that comment is better aimed at the people who say they don’t see why he loves her, because they don’t find her attractive.

      • I Choose Me says:

        I get what you’re saying GNAT, although, I do think she’s attractive. She has nice eyes and a cheeky smile. But I so agree with you that everyone doesn’t have to be gorgeous or even good looking to be loved.

        The kind of intimacy and passion they have is unique to them and we don’t have to understand it and they don’t care if we do or not.

        I love them together. His happy wife, happy life quote just gave me the warm and fuzzies. He seems truly grounded and humble and an all around good guy.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        @Charlotte and ICM
        Yes, I see your point. I chose my words poorly. Different people find different things attractive. I should have said I find it sad that people seem to think that you have to be beautiful to be loved.

  3. Lozface says:

    ‘Have a go’ is very Australian!!! So is ‘have a go ya mug’ but that’s more of a comedic insult to gee someone up haha!

    I love Hugh and Deborra-Lee. They are such wonderful ambassadors for Australia. He makes me proud and most certainly ‘has a go’!

    Love that his kids eat vegemite too. A must for any Aussie.

    • Alix says:

      Vegemite or Marmite? Which is more Australian?

      • Lozface says:

        Definitely Vegemite.

        Marmite is more British. We have it here but it’s not on the same scale as vegemite in popularity.

        A crumpet or piece of toast with butter and vegemite is the best!

      • Palar says:

        Marmite is on the bottom shelf at the supermarket. Vegemite gets a full three shelves at eye level!

      • Crumpet says:

        Someone brought crumpets and Vegemite back from Australia. And a stick of butter, with directions on how to make it. Dear God it was awful. I guess if you weren’t raised with the stuff…. The level of saltiness along was enough to pucker my lips.

    • Sixer says:

      I was going to say: have a go is the most Australian thing ever!

      • Lozface says:

        Hahaha it really is!

        So many times you hear… ‘As long as you just have a go’ or something like that.

        It’s weird that Hugh uses it as his life motto. I love it!

    • swak says:

      What is vegemite?

      • Sixer says:

        Not as good as Marmite. (Ducks the missiles about to be lobbed by Lozface!)

        It’s a salty yeast spread.

    • SydneySnider says:

      Lozface: And if you don’t have a go, you’re a mug… ! We have a saying in our house: “If you can’t think of what to eat, have a Vegemite sandwich” Or Vegemite on toast. And how good is Vegemite on Saos, with real butter?!

      I said on here the other day that Hugh Jackman is the type of bloke that women AND men like/love. It’s a rare thing for a celebrity. It helps that he hasn’t got up himself, and can still be self-deprecating and down-to-earth. I remember some years ago certain Australian celebrities being criticised (here) for their recently-and-quickly-acquired American twang. Real or not, they were accused of being try hard Americans or simply affecting an accent. Looking at you NK…

      • Palar says:

        Butter, vegemite, salada biscuits. Done.

      • Lozface says:

        Oh my god… I love vegemite on SAOs – that was a lunch box staple as a kid! I even used to have Vegemite & lettuce sandwiches! #weirdo

        I also love a cheese & vegemite toasted sandwich. Seriously, what would our lives have been like without Vege?? And Weet-bix? And Milo? So Australian. And fairy bread!

        I will stop now, I’m getting hungry haha

  4. Kilo Tango says:

    Love Deborra on the scooter! X

  5. Sixer says:

    Hugh should get many comments for being lovely. I haven’t much to say so I’ll just HONK for Hugh.

  6. Margo S. says:

    Hi wife looks like she’s his older sister or his young aunt. I find it weird that that is who he chose to be his wife. If I saw them walking down the stretch holding hands I’d do a double take.

    • Ann says:

      You’ve been conditioned since you were little to be “open-minded” when old men have child brides so not surprised at your reaction.

    • Jaded says:

      It’s possible to fall deeply in love with someone for reasons other than physical perfection.

    • Ennie says:

      They’ve been married for almost 20 years, and she is older than him. She was very beautiful when younger, I’ve seen pictures of her and she did not have a Cindy Crawford mane, but she was/is very pretty.

    • Alex says:

      When they met, she was the big star and he was a nobody and he was in total awe of her. He has only been known worldwide since 2000 at the earliest. He has been known in Aus far longer, as has she. Their relationship makes perfect sense if you aren’t a shallow *sshole.
      You are just a crappy person who appears to think that hot men can only love airheaded teenage models filled with plastic.

    • CMiddy says:

      You are an idiot.

  7. Crumpet says:

    Hey, I have her exact tennis! Very good shoes for us older runners/walkers. Plus they look so dope. 😉

    I think she is very beautiful and that they look great together.

  8. Annika says:

    He’s the love of my life. He just doesn’t know it yet.

  9. Barrett says:

    What a refreshing man! He loves his wife and family and is not so Hollywood and delusional about the beauty of true love.

  10. my3cents says:

    Honk for Hugh!!
    Lovely man inside and out.

  11. lilacflowers says:

    Honking for this fantastic, lovely man!

  12. Insomniac says:

    I have no idea how many times I can say “Hugh rocks,” but I’d rather say it again than make one more comment on Trump the barfbag, so: Hugh rocks. So does Deborra.

  13. milietan says:

    So he has a rigid schedule that determines how and when he eats…and does everything else. Why is no one accusing him of having an eating disorder?

    • mia girl says:

      With all due respect, ^this^ is what you took from this post? Sigh…

    • swak says:

      Because an eating disorder is much more complicated than when and how one eats. If you are going to state that he has some type of disorder, then to me it would be OCD (not saying he is OCD) and not an eating disorder. But agree with mia girl – this article is much more than is schedule. BTW, HONK!!!!

    • Alex says:

      Lol I have a ‘rigid schedule’ too – I eat lunch at 12 because that’s when work gives me my break. Then I eat dinner as soon as I get home at 6pm because I am hungry. Good to know I have an eating disorder.

    • kibbles says:

      Jackman is insanely fit and looks healthy. He looks ripped because he works out a lot, not because he’s on steroids. To get a body like Jackman’s you have to be on a strict diet and workout regimen. It doesn’t mean he has an eating disorder. On the contrary, he probably has to eat a lot of calories each day including lots of protein, which he burns and builds up at the gym. It’s not like he is anorexic or bulimic.

  14. Kristen820 says:

    I <3 him 🙂

  15. lucy2 says:

    He seems to be one of the most nicest and most down to earth guys out there.

    • Jane says:

      Agreed. I never heard celebrities say anything negative about him. They praise him for the qualities you’ve just mentioned. He’s a great guy.

    • mee says:

      lovely person! this is whom we should be talking about – not the kartrashians!

  16. kri says:

    Hugh has a Frenchie. I am now an official acolyte.Adore.

  17. Tania says:

    “Happy wife happy life”- SMART man!!!

  18. ItDoesntReallyMatter says:

    I love both of them, what an amazing couple. And I think she is very pretty with a gorgeous smile. He just makes me happy when he gushes about his wife. I married my highschool sweetheart and almost 25 years later my husband still says “happy wife, happy life”. I love that guy. 😍

  19. Leigh says:

    Have a go sounds more like “give it a try” than just do it. Good philosophy, either way!

  20. FrenchieCoo says:

    I believe he is gay and I believe they have an arrangement- her being his beard.
    I’m sure he loves her and she loves him… Just not in the typical sense.

  21. TotallyBiased says:

    Deborra-Lee on a scooter! HAVE A GO!

  22. kibbles says:

    Jackman doesn’t get a lot of comments for the same reason why Prince Harry wasn’t getting a lot love for a while. There isn’t much scandal around genuinely good people who do their job well and treat others with kindness and respect. There isn’t a lot to say other than kudos to these type of people who, although extremely privileged, are incredibly down-to-earth and interact well with us normal folks. Jackman is not only very handsome but also an amazing father and husband. Now he is a hero who won’t even bother basking in the attention, instead praising the lifeguards who save people everyday as part of their job. Deborra definitely won the man lottery. There are not a lot of men like Jackman out there either in Hollywood or in the real world outside of that bubble.

  23. Goodnight says:

    He’s right. If his son didn’t spot the rip he needs to spend more time on the beach, it’s something you need to be able to spot.

    Handy hint for those of you who aren’t big swimmers but go to the ocean sometimes on vacation:

    Look out at the waves. If you see them intersecting in an X pattern, do not go anywhere near there, that’s a rip. It doesn’t matter if it’s fairly shallow water, do not go near it even if you’re a strong swimmer.

    I used to be a lifesaver and Hugh is totally right, they save so many people on such a regular basis and they often don’t get enough credit. I wasn’t a surf-lifesaver, though. That’s a MUCH harder job that being on at a public pool!