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.
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.
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.