“Before I go onstage every night, I pause and dedicate the performance to God.” That is an award winning Hugh Jackman, revealing that he is a man of faith in a wide-ranging interview with Parade.
“I’m a Christian. I was brought up very religious. I used to go to different evangelists’ [revival] tents all the time. When I was about 13, I had a weird premonition that I was going to be onstage, like the preachers I saw.” Jackman explained.
The Australian Actor always wanted to be a journalist but ended up in a drama school. Today he says that he is able to find a level of bliss and peace and calm and joy through acting. He also finds that acting helps him connect to God. This is how he puts it:
This is going to sound weird to you. In Chariots of Fire the runner Eric Liddell says, “When I run, I feel His pleasure.” And I feel that pleasure when I act and it’s going well, particularly onstage. I feel what everyone’s searching for, the feeling that unites us all. Call it “God.” Before I go onstage every night, I pause and dedicate the performance to God, in the sense of “Allow me to surrender.”
Jackman with wife Deborra-Lee Furness
Jackman, 46, is also a happily married man. He has been married to Deborra-Lee Furness for over 19 years, since April 1996. They have 2 adopted children, Oscar and Ava.
Hugh Jackman is Christian and Prays before Each Performance