Let's face it, any guide to Hugh Jackman movies is going to bring to mind the Wolverine movies and/or the X-Men movies. The bottom line is that no matter what, you're going to think about Hugh Jackman as Wolverine. But as he's proving in his latest film, The Greatest Showman, there's a hell of a lot more to him than than claws. Like playing P.T. Barnum in that film, he is, at heart, an entertainer, who has easily managed to shift back and forth between movies and the stage, from drama to musicals.
Born October 12, 1968 in Sydney, Australia, Hugh's first role was in a grammar school production of My Fair Lady in 1985. Although he eventually majored in Communications, to make up some additional credits he took a drama course that changed his life. He fell in love with the idea of acting, and dancing — though the latter was something that he spent a great deal of time purposely avoiding, which is something he regrets.
“I understand the pressures to follow the crowd,” he admits. “To fit in, to be a certain way. I truly love dance, but there were eight years of my life that I didn’t do it, just because I wanted to fit in. So now it resonates with me, and I think with most people on the planet, that to be authentically you is the only path that can bring you true happiness. Otherwise you’re putting on a mask to make other people happy. And as the father of two teenagers, I talk to them constantly about the idea that no matter who you are, no matter how you’re different from supermodels and football players, it’s irrelevant. Love yourself exactly the way you were born.”
Take those words to heart, bub!
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