Hugh Jackman says his new role in The Son has made him a better parent

Anna Hawkin

Family man and fan favorite Hugh Jackman says his role in a new movie The son made him an even better father.

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“It changed me as a parent,” he said. HELLO! Canada on the film, which recently screened at the Toronto International Film Festival and has a strong focus on mental health.

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The film directed by Florian Zeller, based on the director’s play The sonis a prequel to The father, the Oscar-winning film starring Olivia Colman and Anthony Hopkins. In The son, the 53-year-old actor stars as Peter, a father trying to give his teenage son (played by Zen McGrath) the care and emotional support he wished he had growing up. The film also features Laura Dern as his ex and Vanessa Kirby as his new partner.

Hugh knows a lot about parenthood, as he and actress and producer Deborra-Lee Furness share children Oscar, 22, and Ava, 17.

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“I think I have a bit of this old school feeling about not burdening your kids with your own anxieties or worries,” Hugh continued, explaining how the film affected him.

“You should sound like you probably know which way you’re heading. It gives them security. But I have a 17-year-old and a 22-year-old and I’ve learned that if you lead with honesty and vulnerability, it’s actually a relief for them.”

Deborra-Lee and Hugh with Ava and Oscar at Disneyland in 2009

Hugh and Deborra-Lee have been married for 26 years and adopted their children after struggling to conceive and suffering multiple miscarriages.

“When I talk to [Ava and Oscar] Now about things that bother me I’ll say, like, ‘If I seem a little distant, or a little off, I’m worried about xyz and sorry if it sounds like anything else,'” the Aussie star said. .on the lessons he learned from the film. “And they’ll be like, ‘Oh no, it’s okay.’ And I see the relief. So that changed things for me.”

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Being close to his children has always been a top priority for Hugh. When Ava was younger, he used to attend her dance recitals.

“But after The greatest showmanI had 60 young girls in tutus come up to me and my daughter was like, ‘You’re not coming back to dance anymore!'” Wolverine star said Closer in 2019.

Now they are more likely to be spotted going on father-daughter walks and walking their dogs together.

Hugh with Oscar and Ava in New York in 2009

No matter what they’re doing or where they are, Hugh says he always enjoys chatting with Ava and Oscar.

“It’s amazing to have conversations with them,” he has shared in the past.

“When your focus is innate, deep, 100% [about] those children in your life and their well-being, it seems to put everything into perspective.”

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