Hugh Jackman Says Wife Deborra-Lee Furness Is Much Tougher on Him Than Any Director

Actor Hugh Jackman’s wife, Deborra-Lee Furness, has proven herself to be a versatile woman. Besides running a non-profit organization, she also works as a director.

In 2008, Furness, 64, started Adopt Change, a charitable organization. Now she’s set to direct the show “Neighbours,” which is an Australian soap opera.

The star’s wife will direct three episodes of the soap opera. The show focuses on changing Australia’s adoption laws by using a gay couple who wish to start their family.

Hugh Jackman after being awarded an Order of Australia at Government House on September 13, 2019, in Melbourne, Australia | Photo: Tracey Nearmy/Getty Images

Hugh Jackman after being awarded an Order of Australia at Government House on September 13, 2019, in Melbourne, Australia | Photo: Tracey Nearmy/Getty Images


The last time Furness directed anything was in 2003, but Jackman, 51, still has faith in her abilities. The actor gave his wife some credit saying: “I've been directed by her for 25 years. She has an unbelievable eye, she's always right and she's incredibly decisive.”

I got to do double duty

The “Wolverine” star continued: “Deb is so much tougher on me than any director I've worked with.” He also confessed how the pair works as a team stating:

“There's no audition I've ever gone to where I haven't run it through with Deb first.”


Furness shared why she was keen on directing this particular project sharing: “I got to do double duty. I love directing, but I also get to shine a light on an issue.” The actress was talking about being able to address adoption in the country.  

The topic is quite close to her heart as she and Jackman have two adopted children, Oscar, 20, and Ava, 14. She and her husband adopted the children after she suffered two miscarriages.


Jackman later revealed that the pair had intended on having biological children and adopting. The woman, who was the president of Barbie's Fan Club when she was a little girl, shared how adoption was a no-go zone two decades ago.


She shared how, at the time, there was an “anti-adoption culture in Australia.” That’s part of the reason Furness started her organization to advocate to make adoption easier in her homeland.


Ahead of their 24th anniversary, the “X-Men” actor opened up about what they did to maintain a happy marriage. He said they “make time for each other” and are “always learning” from the other.


The “Shame” actress and Jackman celebrated their wedding anniversary on April 11, 2020. The duo met in 1995 on the set of “Correlli,” a 10-part TV prison drama.

On the show, Jackman played an inmate, Kevin Jones, who starts dangerously flirting with his psychologist who was acted by Furness.

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