Hugh Jackman is a lucky man. Not only has he enjoyed a fruitful career in Hollywood spanning decades, but he has also found true love with his wife, Australian actress Deborra-Lee Furness. The two have been happily married for over 26 years (an eternity by Hollywood standards) and are proud parents of two children, Oscar and Ava. On their wedding anniversary in April, Jackman took to Instagram to dedicate the sweetest message to the love of his life. “Today I celebrate 26 years of marriage to my extraordinary wife. Every single day is filled with so much laughter, joy and backgammon!!!!” he exclaimed. “Deb you brighten my life. I love you with all my heart!”
As well as being his wife and mother to his children, Furness is Jackman’s biggest fan. The Australian star and producer – who worked with Jackman on the ’90s TV series Correlli, where they first met – has always supportive of her husband and is remarkably unfazed by his fame and the nature of his work as a Hollywood leading man. Furness once said in a television interview (via People), “If you get it right, if you choose the right partner, then you’ll get through all of those troubles and challenges.” But while Jackman’s wife is mostly cool with it, he even dates the sexiest industry stars like Scarlett Johansson and Ashley Judd, there’s one actress she’d hate to share the screen with…
Hugh Jackman’s wife won’t let him work with Angelina Jolie
Hugh Jackman has worked with many great actors throughout his career, but there’s one female superstar he hasn’t had the chance to share the screen with: Angelina Jolie. And it could be because of a “rule” his wife, 26, Deborra-Lee Furness has when it comes to his leading ladies. While appearing with Jackman on Australia’s Today Show in 2015, Furness joked that she didn’t allow her husband to work with the Maleficent star for obvious reasons. (She’s Angelina Jolie, after all!) “I told his agent not to work with Angelina, I’m sure she’s lovely,” Lee-Furness said (via People), adding, “I do.” just fun .”
But the truth is, Furness is a huge fan of Jolie, and during the interview she praised the movie star for her work as a world aid and adoption advocate. “I love what she does — shedding a light on adoption awareness,” Furness said (via the Daily Mail). As you may already know, Jolie has six children with her ex-husband Brad Pitt, three of whom are adopted: son Maddox, whom she adopted from an orphanage in Cambodia in 2002; daughter Zahara, who was born in Ethiopia in 2005; and son Pax, who is originally from Vietnam.
But what does Jackman say about his wife’s “rule”? “Deb and I have been married for 20 years. We have many rules. We’re very balanced,” the “Wolverine” actor said weeks later in an interview with Entertainment Tonight. “So that’s what she said — as long as she’s not working with Brad Pitt, we’re cool.”
What Angelina Jolie and Deborra-Lee Furness have in common
Aside from their love of acting, Deborra-Lee Furness and Angelina Jolie have one thing in common: their commitment to children’s rights and the promotion of adoption. Like Jolie, Furness is an adoptive mother (that’s right—Oscar and Ava, her children with her husband Hugh Jackman, are both adopted) and an outspoken advocate for orphaned children. She is one of the founders of Adopt Change and Hopeland and co-founded Australia’s National Adoption Awareness Week in Vogue. She is also a World Vision Ambassador and a member of the Advisory Committee for the non-profit organization Film Aid International to help refugees The Sun. For her work as a child advocate and adoption campaigner, Furness received the 2014 New South Wales Australian of the Year award from ABC Radio Sydney.
“We’re trying to get kids out of orphanages, they’re not thriving [there]’ Furness said in a chat with People in 2020. ‘Every minute that a child isn’t in a safe, caring environment with a stable family, emotional, physical and psychological damage is done to them.’ She added: “That to me is just not acceptable. And society is judged by how we treat our most vulnerable. So we really have to stand up as a country.”