Hugh Jackman is getting candid about his painful and tumultuous upbringing.
"My mum left when I was eight. My anger didn’t really surface until I was 12 or 13. It was triggered because my parents were going to get reconciled and didn’t. All those years I’d been holding out hope that they would... I was volatile," the 46-year-old actor said of his childhood in a new interview with Parade.
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The Les Misérables star grew up in Sydney, Australia with his four older siblings. After his parents, Grace McNeil and Christopher Jackman, divorced when he was just eight-years-old, Hugh and his two brothers remained in Australia with their father while his mother and two sisters moved to England.
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As he grew older, Hugh began to channel his anger into sports. "In playing rugby my rage would come out, rage that I identify as Wolverine rage. I’d be somewhere in a ruck in rugby, get punched in the face and I’d just go into a white rage. From the moment Mum left, I was a fearful kid who felt powerless," he continued.
Hugh and his mother, Grace, in November 2013. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
Today, the father-of-two — he and his wife, Deborra-Lee Furness, are parents to Oscar, 15, and Ava, 10 — revealed he has found solace in performing. "Through acting, I’m able to find a level of bliss and peace and calm and joy. And it feels natural," he said.
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