Hugh Jackman: "There Should Never Be A Meeting In A Hotel Room".
"Essentially it's a bedroom, right? So why would you ever need to have a meeting there?"
Hollywood's nicest Aussie has spoken out about the #MeToo movement in a recent interview with GQ Australia.
Hugh Jackman spoke to GQ about his massive career spanning stage and screen, where he's worked with several high-profile figures who have been caught up in the recent series of allegations and accusations of sexual assault in the industry.
Disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein worked on several of Jackman's films, and Jackman starred in Woody Allen's Scoop and has Bryan Singer to thank for casting him in one of his most enduring and iconic roles in the X-Men franchise.
Now Jackman is forced to grapple with what it means to be one of the nicest men working in what has become considered a grubby industry.
"It's difficult to know how to handle it when you're friends and you spend a lot of time with them," Jackman told GQ.
Making it as an actor is bloody hard - I know that. I remember it seemed almost impossible at times, you think it's never going to happen. So to then add all this to it for someone is unthinkable and disgusting
The actor, nearing his 50th birthday in October, also wanted to eradicate the "casting couch" culture.
"There should never be a meeting in a hotel room. You can call it a hotel room, but essentially it's a bedroom, right? So why would you ever need to have a meeting there?"
Jackman said the allegations have seen him have confronting conversations with his kids. He remembered a recent post on his 12-year-old daughter's social media: "She said that we talk so much about teaching girls how not to get raped -- but why don't we teach boys not to rape? And I tell you, I was just so proud of her".
Talking further about the disgraced men behind the allegations, Jackman fell back on his principals growing up Christian, saying, "Philosophically, fundamentally, I believe in redemption and forgiveness".
"I feel that there has to be that option for everyone... much of what our legal system and our philosophy as a society is based on is this idea of second chances."
Jackman was asked, knowing what he now knows, if he'd work again with the likes of Woody Allen, who was accused of sexually assaulting Dylan Farrow in 1992 when she was seven years old. The actor didn't rule it out, instead saying he'd rather "know the full facts".
"It's hypothetical and I don't really know the answer. I'd have to give it a lot more thought... I made the decision to work with him quicker and easier than I would make it now, that's for sure; I would have to think about it more now, it was an easier decision to come to back then."
Despite the harsh reality of having worked with, and owing a huge chunk of his career to, these men caught up in the #MeToo movement, Jackman sees the brighter side.
"What's been great in all of this is that it's morphed into genuine discussion about equality in the workplace. I just read yesterday that only seven per cent of directors are female. There's literally no reason for that -- that's genuinely wrong."
While the conversation may have had heavy connotations the notorious nice guy was also looking to the future, celebrating his 50th birthday in October, but it's not him planning the big bash.
Mate, she's the one," he said of his wife of more than 20 years Deborra-lee Furness.
"Deb really doesn't need much of an excuse to celebrate, that's her kind of philosophy for every single day. So when her husband turns 50, she wants to go big."
You can read the full interview here.
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