Hugh Jackman Changed by Children

Hugh Jackman thinks the bond between adoptive children and their parents are just as strong as those of biological families...
Hugh Jackman Changed by Children
Hugh Jackman with son Oliver

Hugh Jackman says having children changed him forever.

The 'Les Miserables' actor - who has adopted children Oscar, 12, and Ava, seven, with wife Deborra-Lee Furness - believes taking on the care of a child gives a parent exactly the same bond as having a biological family and thinks parenthood has been one of the greatest "gifts" he could ever receive.

He said: "I am an adoptive parent and I can't imagine there being any difference of intensity in emotion to being a biological parent.

"It is certainly one of the great gifts and it changes you from the inside forever, so I can certainly relate."

In 'Les Miserables', Hugh, 44, portrays ex-prisoner-turned-factory owner Valjean, who tries to help the poor as much as he can.

And the actor, who is backing the Global Poverty Project and is a partner in a fair trade coffee company Laughing Man, is hoping the role can make him a "better person".

He added in an interview with The Sun newspaper: "Valjean is one of the great examples to follow. In no way do I really measure up to this man.

"But by playing him, hopefully it makes you a better person.

"Certainly in the book [which the film is based on], what he does with the factory is not just helping people out but also giving them life and purpose. That's why I started that coffee business because, to me, it is a way to provide employment. A successful business is good for everyone."