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Hugh Jackman Opens Up About His Difficult Path to Parenthood

Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland(MELBOURNE, Australia) -- He reportedly earned $20 million for his role in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, so it would be easy to think that Hugh Jackman has a blessed life.  But in an interview with Australia's Herald Sun, the actor reveals that becoming a father was one of the most stressful times in his life.

Jackman and his wife, Deborra-Lee Furness, found out they could not have children naturally, and after a stressful time trying in vitro fertilization, decided to adopt instead.  The couple is now blessed with two children, a son Oscar, 11, and daughter Ava, six, and involved in charity projects and awareness campaigns, including Worldwide Orphans Foundation and National Adoption Week.  Jackman says they are happy the stigma of adoption is fading.

As for the future, the idea of enlarging their current family comes up occasionally but Jackman says his busy film schedule has put further adoption plans on the backburner, adding, “We thought we’d have a number of kids, but traveling and being hands-on parents, which is what we try to be, isn’t easy.”

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