Hugh Jackman and his wife, Deborra Lee Furness, struggled with infertility for a number of years until they were finally successful in having children. They have two children now. Despite having grown up in a dysfunctional household, Jackman was determined to realize his lifelong goal of becoming a parent. He did not care how he accomplished this goal.
Hugh Jackman and Deborra Lee Furness met for the first time in 1995, while they were both working on the set of the television drama “Correlli.” Because it was the actor’s first work after graduating from theatre school, the series had a lasting impression on him.
When he met Furness, who was already an experienced actress at the time, it became even more remarkable. According to what he remembered, Furness was sitting in the driver’s seat of the automobile that picked him up. She turned around to make a proper introduction to Jackman as she took off her sunglasses and unbuckled her seatbelt at the same time.
He recalled thinking to himself at the time, “I like this chick.” During that time, Deborra Lee Furness was not interested in pursuing a romantic relationship. They had only been acquaintances for a time, but because to Jackman’s efforts, they ended up falling in love with one other. When they finally were married eleven months and four days later on April 11, 1996, their relationship was a well guarded secret.
Since Furness was already 40 years old when they got married, the pair did not spend any time in starting a family of their own. Even though they were living a lovely and happy married life, the couple yearned to have a family of their own. The path that led me to being a mom was unfortunately not an easy one.
The Winding and Challenging Road to Parenthood
The couple’s original plan called for them to have two children of their own before considering expanding their family via adoption. When the couple found out that they were unable to conceive naturally, it was a devastating and frustrating discovery for them since they had envisioned their future with multiple children. Jackman elaborated as follows:
“Trying to have children is a fantastic experience; yet, when you have the impression that it’s not going to happen for you, there’s a certain worry that comes along with it.”
Suddenly being parents felt like it would be too much work, but they did not give up on the idea. Jackman and Furness attempted to have a child by undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF) procedures; however, each time the treatments were successful, they ended in a loss of the pregnancy. Jackman remembers that it was a trying experience.
Jackman is not likely to forget the painful miscarriages that they had to go through. When asked about the infrequency with which miscarriages are brought up un conversation, he responded, “It’s almost mysterious.” “It is increasingly widespread, and it is challenging. There is a period of mourning that you are required to go through.
The Procedures Involved in Adoption
Before learning about their reproductive issues, Jackman and Furness had already made plans to become parents via adoption. However, after they had had enough of the treatments, they made the decision to adopt all of their children rather than have any more children of their own. The cast of “The Greatest Showman” recounted that as they began the process of adopting a child, they immediately felt the worry leaving their bodies.
They had the sense that it was destined for them to become parents to children whom they would raise as their own. Jackman has said that he does not consider them to be adopted. They are members of our family.
Oscar Maximillian Jackman was adopted by Jackman and Furness in the year 2000 via an open adoption procedure. He is the couple’s first son. This meant that the couple had a personal relationship with Oscar’s family and chose a kid who was in good health. While this was going on, the adoption procedure for their second kid was a closed adoption.
The decision to have children of mixed racial heritage was taken by the performers without much consideration being given to the matter. The couple chose the option that allowed them to adopt a child of mixed race throughout the process of adopting a child. They were then instructed by the official that they were not required to check the box just because they believed doing so to be appropriate.
However, the pair had already made up their minds, and they did not feel there was any need for them to choose a certain category based on their preferences and biases.
Oscar Jackman is of Bosnian and Croatian origin, so when he was seven years old, his parents sent him a cookbook filled with foods from his history. Jackman and Furness are Proud Parents of Children of Mixed Race Oscar’s parents instilled in him a sense of gratitude and appreciation for his heritage, which led him to be quite proud of his racial heritage.
Jackman and Furness had a great experience as parents when Oscar was growing up. If they had grown children, they would be able to have more meaningful chats and connect over more meaningful movie choices.
The parents take great pride in the fact that they have a strong bond with their kid. Jackman mentioned this story in an earlier interview he gave. He said that when Oscar was 13 years old, he was on the beach and chatting to a female. He told the story:
“Oscar came up to me, and he began going in front of the girl, and he says, ‘Dad, Dad, Dad, she’s coming over. I let her know that you are Wolverine. Just roll with the punches. I was thinking something along the lines of, “I am the wingman for my son.”
In the meanwhile, the couple’s youngest child, Ava Jackman, may trace her ancestry back to Mexico. Ava, in contrast to her brother, was not overjoyed by the fact that her father was an actor. After he had a starring role in “The Greatest Showman,” Ava decided to disinvite him from her dancing lessons, as her father recounted.
He said that around sixty young ballerinas would approach him, shocked that they were talking to a movie star in real life. Jackman and Furness are not concerned in the least by their children’s identities, as they completely embrace their children’s background.
Jackman believes that gender and ethnicity are only biological characteristics and do not determine the people that his children will become. He added:
“A lot of people go into [adoption thinking] it’s incredibly important to them for the child to look like them, and honestly, for Deb and I, it simply never even was a problem,” the author says. “A lot of people go into [adoption thinking] it’s really essential for them for the kid to look like them.”
In addition to the joy that their children brought into their lives, the couple underwent significant transformations as a result of becoming parents. Furness said that as a result, she is now smarter and that it has assisted her in analyzing her behavior.
The fact that they were from different generations and cultures was one of the most difficult obstacles they had to overcome. Despite this, as time went on, they became better at incorporating their children’s family history into their day-to-day activities.
In the meanwhile, being a parent has helped Jackman develop a better sense of perspective. As his children became older, he found that he needed to make a few tweaks to his routine in order to adapt to the new circumstances. In the end, he wouldn’t have it any other way and wouldn’t want it any other way either.