"As a kid, I hated being afraid of things. I had a horrible fear of heights. I remember spending two months going to the diving board with my brother, which was actually one of the kind things he did when we were younger. He said, ‘Right, we are going to do the one-meter board, then the three-meter board and then the 10-meter board. You are going to do it over and over again until you don’t feel scared going up there.’ It worked."
Hugh tries to apply the same philosophy to raising his own kids: encouraging them to take leaps but being there to help if they aren’t quite ready.
"My boy has just started school. I dropped him off and watched him. He walked into the playground. He looked around, and I could see that no one was running to him, and so he just walked over to the swings and started swinging on his own. So I went in and said ‘Hey, let’s play a game!’"
Hugh and his wife Deborra-Lee Furness have two children, Oscar, 6, and Ava, 10 months. His latest movie X-Men: The Last Stand opened this weekend.
Source: OK! Magazine, June 5, 2006, page 49