Hugh Jackman’s Kids Won’t Admit He’s Cool

07/25/2013 at 11:00 AM ET

Hugh Jackman The Wolverine Kids Jerritt Clark/Getty

For Hugh Jackman, being a blockbuster, A-list actor often earns him a “meh” at the very least from his two kids. Even with The Wolverine set to open this weekend, he says they resist the urge to act like his biggest fans.

“They’re not going to give that up to me. They’re not going to be like, ‘Yeah Dad, you’re the coolest!'” Jackman told PEOPLE Wednesday at The MOMS’ Mamarazzi event┬áin New York City.

“My son actually saw the movie, and I asked him what he thought, and he begrudgingly goes, ‘Oh, awesome.'”

His son Oscar, 13, is especially having trouble adapting to dad’s spotlight, Jackman says, having been frequently photographed with sister Ava, 8, over the years.

“He’s at that age where it can be embarrassing. He’s now like, ‘Can you please stop talking about me? This is killing my reputation,'” says Jackman. “He wants me to be his dad. He doesn’t like when we get stopped on the street or when people recognize me.”

But even though Jackman, 44, knows that doing more interviews will “get him in trouble,” he can’t help gushing about his children — like about what they want to be when they grow up.

Oscar’s going to be an artist, he says proudly, and Ava would be happy doing anything that involves “handling animals, cooking, singing and poetry.” They may not want to follow in dad’s footsteps as an actor, but that’s fine with him.

“That’s the great thing about parenting,” says Jackman, “You end up going places you never thought you’d go.”

— Stephanie Kuo

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Momof four beauties on

This guy has got to be the coolest person in Hollywood!! A faithful, devoted husband & father who always has something nice to say!! We don’t see much of that from ANY celebrities anymore!! He’s so grateful for his beautiful family!!

searcher4ever on

Love the way he brags about his wife and kids. A lot of men could take a lesson or two from him.

searcher4ever on

Love this guy. He seems so down to earth.

Marky on

Seems to be a real gentleman who appreciates his wife and children; even treasures them. That is so admirable today. They never seem selfish or overblown about themselves. Acting is a part of their lives, not their lives! Fortunate family, to know and appreciate how blessed they are……

Anonymous on

I think Hugh jackman makes wolverine great so glad he treasures his family shows he’s good man

Noneya on

Gotta love Hugh Jackman! He’s a great role model for men! He really does have it all – warmth, compassion, looks, he’s a truly devoted family man…..

Young men – THIS is what you want to grow up to be!!

Mimi on

They won’t admit he’s cool but he’s actually AWESOME!

Anna on

Zoom, he sounds like a 13 yr old. An embarrassed 13 yrd old, which is exactly what it says in the article! I am not famous and my kids get embarrassed when I talk about them or photograph them a lot!