Hugh Jackman says filming ‘The Son’ made him a ‘different parent’ – The Hollywood Reporter
Hugh Jackman says he changed his parents after filming Florian Zeller’s Boy.
The actor explained that since working on the project, he’s become more open with his children about what’s going on in his life or why he seems distracted at times. better than others.
Jackman to Stephen Colbert on Late Program. “I think I’m more vulnerable to them, saying things like ‘I’m not sure’ or realizing that sometimes I might be preoccupied with something going on with me.”
Boy follows Peter (Jackman), whose busy life with a newborn baby and partner (Vanessa Kirby) is turned upside down when his ex-wife, Kate (Laura Dern), shows up on his doorstep to discuss about the mental health of their son Nicholas (Zen McGrath) struggles.
The film’s story inspired Jackman to be more outspoken with his children because he didn’t want them to think they did something to upset or worry him.
“It’s just that I don’t communicate ‘because I’m thinking, ‘Oh, I don’t want to burden them with that,'” he explained to the late-night host. “That didn’t help, and so now I find myself saying, ‘Hey guys, sorry if I’m feeling distant. I’m really worried about this, and, if I lose my mind, it’s none of your business.’”
The actor went on to say that he thinks his 17- and 22-year-olds appreciate him communicating with them more. “Just because you’re the father, you don’t have to know what to do, or what the best thing is, and you have the right to say it,” he added.
Earlier in the conversation, Jackman also candidly explained why he was “a hot mess” while working on Zeller’s project, explaining that his father passed away while filming. movies, and the movie forces him to see aspects of parenting that he hasn’t seen yet.
“Each scene is such a terrible fear as a parent that you don’t know what to do. You don’t know how to help. You are doing your best. Things just don’t seem to work,” Jackman said. “My father passed away during filming, and I think I had to deal with a lot of things as a father, the fears you have.”