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Hugh Jackman's Wife Deborra-Lee Furness Discusses Cultural Differences in Their Family

Rebelander Basilan
Dec 06, 2020
01:20 P.M.
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In a recent interview, actress Deborra-Lee Furness talked about how she and her husband Hugh Jackman have embraced their children's "cultural differences."

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Deborra-Lee Furness told PEOPLE that she is keen on "epigenetics" and that it is considerably more so when they adopted children since she is coming from her mother's lineage. She added:

"How she parented me, how her mother parented her, and I'm translating that to my children."

Hugh Jackman and Deborra-lee Furness attend the 2019 Global Citizen Festival: Power The Movement. | Source: Getty Images

Hugh Jackman and Deborra-lee Furness attend the 2019 Global Citizen Festival: Power The Movement. | Source: Getty Images

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The 64-year-old went on to say that the background of her children alongside her and Hugh Jackman's Australian culture is "just another little hurdle to jump over."

"We've got cultural differences in there, and I do believe these will play out generation after generation," said Furness, who became a household name in 1988 when she was picked to star in the film "Shame."

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With regards to embracing her children's cultural heritage, the doting mother said that her family respected their different backgrounds. For instance, her daughter has a Mexican lineage, so she said they have been to Mexico.

According to Furness, she and Jackman had an "instant connection."

Hugh Jackman, Deborra-lee Furness, Oscar Jackman, and Ava Jackman at Disneyland on April 23, in Anaheim, California. | Photo: Getty Images

Hugh Jackman, Deborra-lee Furness, Oscar Jackman, and Ava Jackman at Disneyland on April 23, in Anaheim, California. | Photo: Getty Images

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Furness and Jackman adopted their eldest son, Oscar, in 2000, after his birth, according to Closer Weekly. In an interview, the "Wolverine" star once opened up about the struggles that came alongside losing two children.

It was tough for the couple, Jackman admitted. He and his wife were never able to conceive, but the actor realized it was destiny when he became the father of Oscar and Ava, whom they adopted in 2005.

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Jackman wished he could keep Oscar and Ava young forever, but the Golden Globe Award winner cannot run from the fact that his beloved children are growing up.

In 1995, Jackman first met Furness on the set of "Correlli," a popular Australian television show, as reported by E Online. According to Furness, she and Jackman had an "instant connection." After only two weeks, the actor knew she was the one, the actress shared.

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Meanwhile, in an interview with PEOPLE in March, Jackman said that he and his wife are sure to make time for one another, adding that they are always learning from each other.

The power couple exchanged their wedding vows in 1996. According to Closer Weekly, they have been juggling their hectic careers in Hollywood with their marriage and parenthood for a long time now, but they never let the show business get in the way of their family.

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