Last week, an emotionally raw Hugh Jackman told Scott Pelley on "60 Minutes" that he was abandoned by his mother at the tender age of 8. Now the "Les Miserables" star is talking about his own turn at parenting -- to Oscar, 12 and Ava, 7, both adopted. In an interview with Katie Couric on her daytime talk show, airing tomorrow, the 44-year-old actor admits to struggling with infertility with wife Deborra-Lee Furness and going through miscarriage.
Here's what Jackman said on being a father:
"Until you go through it, you realize it’s not talked about a lot. By the way to be clear, Deb and I always wanted to adopt. So that was always in our plan. We didn’t know where in the process that would happen but biologically obviously we tried and it was not happening for us and it is a difficult time. We did IVF and Deb had a couple of miscarriages. I’ll never forget it the miscarriage thing… It happens to one in three pregnancies. But it’s very very rarely talked about. It’s almost secretive, so I hope Deb doesn’t mind me bringing it up now.
It’s a good thing to talk about it. It’s more common and it is tough. There’s a grieving that you have to go through. So the moment Oscar was born, all the heartache just melted away. Many of you are parents, you guys know you can’t prepare for that moment. Nothing can prepare you... You can’t even explain how incredible it is and that avalanche of emotion that comes and how it opens up your heart, how it frustrates you, how it angers you, how everything is just all the sudden how alive you are as a parent.”
For more of the interview, tune into "Katie" on ABC Tuesday.
PHOTO: Deborra Lee-Furness, wife of Hugh Jackman, and their two children watch as Jackman gets honored on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame on Dec. 13.