Hugh Jackman has revealed that his 13-year-old son recently called him out on never being at home with his family.
The 44-year-old actor has had a busy year making movies and is currently promoting his upcoming thriller ‘Prisoners’, and he admits that his busy schedule has landed him in the doghouse with his family at home.
Despite usually being able to work around his family, or bring his wife wife Deborra-Lee Furness and their two kids, Oscar and daughter Ava with him, this year Hugh has been away from home a lot more than usual – and his teenage son was only too happy to throw his absence in his face during a recent argument.
“I don’t know if you’ve heard of the doghouse, but I’m living there currently,” Jackman told Ellen DeGeneres on her talk show. “I’ve never really gone away to do a movie. I’ve gone away during the summer vacation or been able to have my family with me. So I’ve been away a lot.
“I had one of those parenting things where I was like, ‘Oscar, you need to pick up after yourself. This is about responsibility’. And he goes, ‘Really? You’re gonna talk to me about responsibility when you’re never here with your family?’” Jackman recalled.
And Hugh admits it was hard to argue with his son’s logic.
“I was like, ‘How do I come back to that? I was just asking you to wash up, man,’” he continued.
“We weren’t going that deep. He knew how to get me. I’m one leg out of the doghouse right now, and (after) a lot of pick-ups and school lunches… hopefully next few months I’ll be out of there.”
Earlier this summer, Jackman admitted that after shooting four movies in a row, he was planning on taking some time off to spend with his family.
“I’m taking a little while off, I don’t know if I’m taking a year, this movie now is my fourth movie a row. I’m being very greedy,” the ‘Wolverine’ star said on ‘The Kyle and Jackie O Show’.
“There’s a thing called being in the dog house, that’s me.”