At 6 ft. 2 in., all scruff and biceps, Hugh Jackman looms large in the epic Australia, which he says kept him “dirty 95 percent of the time” and left people stammering, “Oh … my … God,” according to costar Nicole Kidman, who adds, “Women’s jaws drop when Hugh walks into a room.”
You turned 40 Oct. 12 and now you’re the Sexiest Man Alive. What was your wife’s response?
God bless her, she said, “I could’ve told them that years ago!” And then she said, “Obviously, Brad wasn’t available this year.” And I said, “That was a joke, right?”
Your marriage is a success story.
In my early 20s, I didn’t have a regular girlfriend. I was single and really happy about it. And then when I was 26, I met Deb on [the Australian TV show] Correlli. She was my leading lady. It was just undeniable. I started planning to propose to her at about three months. We are happy. Deb and my kids have been the best things that have ever happened to me, without a doubt.
Are you self-conscious about any body part?
When I was younger, I had chicken legs. My nickname was Sticks.
What part do people like best?
My smile. Lately my pecs. I’m being honest!
What do you wear to bed?
I didn’t wear anything until my daughter was born and we had a night nanny because I was working. I walked out stark naked, and she was reading a book. Now I like boxer briefs.
“With Sarah Dowsett when I was 9. I was going from a coed school to a boys’ school and I thought, ‘If I don’t kiss a girl before I go to this school, I won’t get to kiss a girl.’ And my friend goes, ‘Sarah Dowsett kisses. I kissed her once.’ So I said to Sarah, ‘I want you to know that I love you.’ And she said, ‘I love you too.’ And I said, ‘Do you want to go down to the bush and kiss?’ She said yes. It was just [he purses his lips]. I remember thinking, ‘What is this all about?’ Then, when I had my first tongue kiss, I thought, ‘What the hell is this?’ “
Reading this started making me feel inadequate until I realized Hollywood makeup artists have their way with Hugh to accentuate his rugged good looks. Not like me. I’m a natural beauty. AND I wear Winnie the Pooh pyjamas to bed with one of those button clip butt flaps. Take that, Hugh!