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 in 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