Following his win, the Australian, who pays Jean Valjean, told Billy Bush of Access Hollywood he got a bit of advice from his wife, Deborra-Lee Furness, when he was about to quit the musical, directed by Tom Hooper.
“It was a really bad day,” he said. “It was a scene at the end. It was the very scene -- spoiler alert -- when I die. I had this dual thing of having to sing, and then at the end of the song, die, and make it believable. Not a lot of people choose song in their last minute-and-a-half, right?"
“So, Tom is like, 'Do it this way, that way,” Jackman continued. “It just wasn't working, and I just went, 'Debra - it's just too much.' I'll never forget it, she said, 'If you don't feel doubt playing Jean Valjean, then you were never meant to play the role. I went, 'So, I should do it?" And she went, 'Absolutely. You do it.' That was it.”
The actor discusses the constant support he's gotten from his wife through nearly 20 years of marriage.
“I feel so lucky. ... She's the greatest woman. ... I've always felt that we shared it, all the ups and downs. We've been there together, no matter what. Having the security and knowledge that someone you love, who loves you for exactly who you are, whether you're successful, whether you're not successful. In those moments of real doubt ... she was the only one who could really pull me off that cliff,” Jackman told Bush.
“We've been together 17, 18 years now, and it just gets better every year.”
Jackman seemed particularly happy for that pep talk following the Golden Globes when he and “Extra's” Maria Menounos partook in a “victory dance,” assisted by the Dance Central video game.