How to be as nice as Hugh Jackman

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I have a colleague who teaches drama. She studied musical theatre with Hugh Jackman at WAAPA and once went out to dinner with him.

She tells her students about this so often that they roll their eyes and play with their phones whenever she brings it up.

(I have another story, one about Russell Crowe, but you’ll have to read Beat Street if you want to know more.)

Anyway, she concludes the story by saying Jackman is a really nice guy.

Everybody who has ever met or worked with him says the same thing.

Taylor Kitsch who played Gambit in Wolverine said:

“I’d say Hugh Jackman is a huge influence on my life, as a person and as an actor, and it was an amazing experience. To be honest, it’s an aura that, in this business, I’ve never come across. He’s incredibly disciplined and free. There’s just something about him. You walk away and he hits you. He’s just this person that’s so grounded and so open that you question whether it’s real or not. I’ve met nobody like him.”

Lee Miller who played Peter in Pan said: “I had heard from people that he was very lovely. He’s more lovely than people have said, so that’s quite nice.”

And Garrett Hedlund, also in Pan, added: “I mean first and foremost when everybody that you know who’s worked with Hugh always says he’s the nicest guy around… it’s so refreshing to see that that is completely true. And he’s the nicest guy you’ll ever meet.”

I get it.

Hugh Jackman is a really, really nice guy.

He’s been married to Deborah Lee Furness for years and there’s never been a single rumor of cheating or bad behavior. He’s the perfect actor, husband, dad, and all round human being.

People say he’s a hard worker — disciplined and generous. They also say he’s grounded.

Does this mean with a bit of guidance we can also be the nicest guy/girl in the room? How do we become more grounded, disciplined and generous?

How can we be more like Hugh Jackman?

Ten tips to be as nice as Hugh Jackman:

1) Observe your feelings. Close your eyes and mentally scan your body. Are you holding on to tension or resistance? Let it go and breathe. You’re always nicer when relaxed.

2) Take off your shoes and walk outside. Get in touch with the earth, feel the grass beneath your feet. Hear the wind rustle the leaves. Listen to the sound of the birds and remember we all share the planet and everything is interlinked.

3) Laugh. The world is both amazing and ridiculous. Laughter energises the body and keeps you mindful. People enjoy being around laughter.

4) Stop and observe your surroundings. Is this where you want to be? Is there something you need right now or need to do? The first answer that comes to mind is usually the best.

5) Follow your intuition.

6) Practice mediation, yoga or a martial art.

7) Read and learn about the world. Share what you learn with others.

8) Do your inner work. Self-reflect. It helps to keep a journal.

9) Practice gratitude. It will make you appreciate people more.

10) Be generous with your time, money and gifts.

In time you might find people say you’re a really, really nice person too.



Author: Sue Bell
Sue Bell is an entertainment writer and author of Backpacked: A mostly true story, Beat Street and When Dreamworks came to Stanley.

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