What Did Hugh Jackman do Before Acting?

Hugh Jackman is a household name for most people. He is a well-known actor and producer.

The actor has been hypnotizing audiences and making ladies swoon with his booming singing voice and sexy accent. His dashing looks also make the character irresistible in many women’s eyes!

Hugh’s ability to turn into a host of versatile characters from his introduction into Hollywood also makes him an incredible actor!

For a long time now, Hugh Jackman has proven that he can take on any role! His talent was visible even before he became a household name in Hollywood. 

Hugh’s successful career has bagged him several awards, and the actor has shown no signs of stopping.

After graduating from school, he decided to put acting on hold. Jackman opted to try his hand at singing as well as theater production work in Australia. During this period, Hugh performed in stage productions such as Oklahoma! Beauty and the Beast, and The Music Man.

But it seems that the actor did not venture into acting from the onset.

What did Hugh Jackman do before acting?

Before he ventured into acting, Hugh Jackman was a physical education teacher. Sounds funny, right?

Most of you would never believe that the talented actor worked as a teacher before his breakthrough.

Jackman was a physical education teacher at Uppingham School in England. This was in 1987.

The X Men star returned to study Communication at the University of Technology in Sydney. He did this to pursue his dream of becoming an international freelance journalist.

So, there you have it, folks. It turns out that your favorite actor was a physical education teacher!  

In 1997 Hugh landed a role in the production of Oklahoma! at London’s Lyceum Theatre. This was when he met his future wife, Deborra-Lee Furness. She was playing Curly’s girlfriend in the Oklahoma show. The couple would eventually marry on April 11, 1996.

It was in 1999 that Hugh made his screen debut in the Australian TV series Correlli. Jackman played a criminal who falls for prison counselor Fiona Correlli (portrayed by Deborra-Lee Furness). He would eventually portray Wolverine after appearing as an antagonist character in the prequel X-Men film.

Jackman made his Hollywood debut in 2000 when he appeared in X-Men. His appearance as the anti-hero Wolverine propelled his career as a bankable action character.

Hugh has also been a part of several notable films such as Swordfish (2001) and The Prestige (2006). Most recently, he appeared in Logan, where he portrayed the titular character in 2017.

Why didn’t he become an actor immediately after his studies were over? Why did he work backstage for five years then take another hiatus from acting when he started singing? The questions are endless!

Hugh Jackman did not plan to be an actor.

Most fans do not know that the TV star did not want to be an actor. In fact, the actor initially wanted to be a journalist, and he took up the course at the University of Technology in Sydney.