Hugh Jackman is sharing the progress he’s made with his mental health.
The 54-year-old actor revealed earlier this week that he has been going to therapy to help deal with the unresolved trauma of his mother Grace McNeil leaving when he was 8 years old.
“I just started it recently. It helped me a lot. We all need a village,” he told Who magazine, Today reports, adding that “having someone really smart, who’s a little bit removed from your world, can be really helpful.”
“Most importantly, it’s helping me to be more relational with the people I love in my life, and really understanding and living in their shoes and being clear to be able to see them,” Jackman said.
The star told BBC that he’s given his mental health more care recently after filming The Son, which discusses depression and mental health struggles. Jackman said the film’s producers hired on-set psychiatrists for the cast and crew if they needed to talk. “This was the first time I’d ever seen such a thing on a film,” he said. “And people used it and it was necessary.”
Jackman has spoken at length over the years about his relationship with his mother and the toll it took on his health.
In a 2011 interview with Parade, he shared that he was separated from his mother at 8 years old as she battled with what he later realized was “undiagnosed postnatal depression.” He expressed in the interview that while he was “furious” with his mom at the time, he later “gained an understanding of why Mum did leave… [We] have definitely made our peace, which is important.” Jackson also shared that he and his mother have a “good relationship.”
In 1967, McNeil and the actor’s father, Chris Jackman, moved from England to Australia with his sisters Zoe and Sonya and brothers, Ian and Ralph. A year later, the Tony Award winner was born. When Jackman was 8 years old, his mother left and moved back to England, later taking his sisters with her.
Recalling what it was like when his mother left, Jackson shared in an emotional interview on Australia’s 60 Minutes in 2012, per Today: “I can remember the morning she left, it’s weird the things you pick up. I remember her being in a towel around her head and saying goodbye, must have been the way she said goodbye.”ORDER A COPY OF ROB’S NEW BEST SELLING BOOK! Called “America’s Number ONE Gossip Columnist” by The National Enquirer. Rob ‘Naughty But Nice’ Shuter breaks celebrity news every day on his website NaughtyGossip.com where he delivers all the dish about the stars we love in his naughty but nice signature style. You can also catch him co-hosting and breaking celebrity news on Good Day New York, The Today Show, The Talk, Wendy Williams Show, CNN, Extra and Z100’s ‘Elvis Duran.’ Previously, Rob was the Huffington Post’s only celebrity columnist and the former executive editor of OK! Magazine. Rob has also hosted his own Saturday night talk show on Mark Cuban’s channel and his own daily morning show, ‘The Gossip Table,’ on VH1! Breaking some of the biggest entertainment stories, including Jamie Lynn Spears’s pregnancy news, Britney’s first post-meltdown interview, Eva Longoria’s wedding, and baby exclusives for Jessica Alba, Tori Spelling and Mathew McConaughey’s tots, Rob always knows where to find the best scoop. Before Rob was one of the world’s most successful entertainment reporters, he was a publicist working for Jennifer Lopez, Alicia Keys, P. Diddy, Jessica Simpson and Jon Bon Jovi! Now he is bringing all this experience to his new show on I HEART MEDIA in his unique cheeky way, that is always a pinch and never a punch!