Hugh Jackman Faces Tough Critic In Daughter Ava

11/17/2011 at 04:00 PM ET
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From his show-stopping 2009 Oscar performance to his latest stint on Broadway, Hugh Jackman knows how to win over a crowd.

However, the actor may have finally found his toughest critic to date: daughter Ava Eliot, 6.

“About a week ago [my kids] came on a Sunday matinee. I said, ‘Guys, look, you can be honest with me. Do you like the show?'” the Hugh Jackman: Back on Broadway star, 43, said during a Friday appearance on Anderson.

“My [11-year-old] son Oscar says, ‘I really like it.’ I was touched. My daughter said, ‘I find it a little boring.'”

But when it comes time for Jackman to venture into the audience to serenade wife Deborra-Lee, Ava is the first one on her feet — to run!

“My daughter, oh, my God. I sing a song for my wife in the show and sometimes I go out to the crowd,” he explains. “My daughter literally hides under the seat in front. She dies.”

Admitting he is “more the strict one” in the family’s household, it is the Real Steel star who tends to lay down the law. His approach to parenting comes after much research, a stack of books — and a few lessons from the SuperNanny.

“I’m one of those parents, I read every book. My son came out and apparently he hadn’t read any of them, so we were really all at sea,” Jackman reveals. “Then we found that show and, I tell you, our daughter has a much easier ride.”

— Anya Leon

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Melissa on

Is this man hot!! or what. Not only because of his looks yum! but he loves his wife and kids. I really admire that.

Noneya on

AWWW! Love Hugh & his family!

tori on

He should have won sexiest man alive!

Tammy Strand on

Hugh shows what real men should be today, a great husband, a great family man and well grounded in career. No wonder he is a superstar! My biggest wish is to meet Hugh and his family and to see his Broadway show with my son and daughter. We are all fans!!!

toonces on

i’m trapped in the closet And now I’m like / well, well, well…..

Hugh come out come out everyone will love you regardless!

amanda on

Complete package indeed!!! Why aren’t there more men like him?? He is such a great husband, father, person and then he’s wrapped up in that beautiful face, body and accent?!!! God spent a lot of time on this man, that’s for SURE!! Love Love Love Hugh Jackman, he seems so normal!

donna on

I met Hugh Jackman and his family a few months ago and he is the nicest celebrity I have ever met and I told him how nice he was and he said why shouldnt I be nice? He talked to anyone who came up to him to say hello and was interested in there life and is tall handsome and a sweetheart. His wife is a very lucky women. A very down to earth guy. I love him even more.

curlysranch on

Yes, Hugh was elected sexiestMAN alive in ’08[shudBforever though]He is TRULY the # 1 entertainer alive today[and not gay]Due to politics and ignorance,up until lately, and the 09 oscar awards, the public was mostly unaware of his superior triple threat talents….Hopefully[says MARSHA]the powers to be will give him a belated oscar, for 1 of his Greatest movies,…. AUSTRALIA….amongst many…….I have personally, witnessed his kindness and humanitarianism to all, and give special credence to his other half Deborra-lee for taking such tremendous care of HUGH

danyella on

I love hugh jackman!!! He should have won sexiest man alive!2

aliab on

My friend served Hugh and his family when she was working as a waitress in Australia and she said he was completely down to earth, not stuck up at all like some of the other celebs she served (Nicole Richie)!