Hugh Jackman's parent lesson

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 30 November 2008
Hugh Jackman

Hugh Jackman's parent lesson

Hugh Jackman, who has two adopted children with his wife, claims he learned about parenting by horse riding

Hugh Jackman learned about parenting by horse riding.

The actor - who has two adopted children, eight-year-old Oscar and Ava, three, with wife Deborra-Lee Furness - had to learn to ride for new movie 'Australia' and discovered similarities between raising a family and controlling a horse.

He explained: "I learn a lot about parenting from riding a horse. It's the same thing. You can whack a horse - I've seen people do it. They whack them, they kick them, they do all that and you can get a horse to do something, but I was very lucky to have two trainers who taught me how to make the horse feel it's their idea. I tell you, as a parent it is the greatest thing I've ever learned.

"No longer do my children have a bit between their mouths."

The 40-year-old star also revealed Deborra-Lee teases him about turning into his own father now that they have a family themselves.

He said: "Having children makes you learn about your own parents because I found myself, and my wife quite often says, 'Oh, hello, Chris'- that's my dad's name - because the things coming out of my mouth sound exactly like my dad, which I swore on my life I'd never do! It's the most annoying thing and it's sort of bizarre."

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