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Hugh Jackman: ‘I’m a Christian’ and I Dedicate Every Performance to God

By Michael Morris | November 2, 2015 | 4:49pm EST
Actor Hugh Jackman poses for a photograph on the red carpet at the gala for the new movie "Prisoners" during the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto on Friday, Sept. 6, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press/Nathan Denette)

Famous actor Hugh Jackman, known for his starring roles in the “X-Men” series, “The Prestige” and “Prisoners,” recently spoke out about his Christian faith.

In an interview with Parade Magazine, Jackman candidly admitted to being “brought up very religious.”

“I’m a Christian. I was brought up very religious. I used to go to different evangelists’ [revival] tents all the time. When I was about 13, I had a weird premonition that I was going to be onstage, like the preachers I saw.”

When asked what acting gives to him aside from “the money and fame you earn,” Jackman told Parade Magazine that it gives him a sense of peace.  “There are things driving me that aren’t all healthy—[needing] approval and respect to fill some hole who-knows-where in me,” he said. “Am I worthy? All those fears. Through acting, I’m able to find a level of bliss and peace and calm and joy. And it feels natural.”

Later, Jackman reiterated his religious sentiment and admitted that he dedicates his performances to God.

“I’m a religious person,” said Jackman. “This is going to sound weird to you. In “Chariots of Fire” the runner Eric Liddell says, ‘When I run, I feel His pleasure.’ And I feel that pleasure when I act and it’s going well, particularly onstage. I feel what everyone’s searching for, the feeling that unites us all. Call it ‘God.’ Before I go onstage every night, I pause and dedicate the performance to God, in the sense of ‘Allow me to surrender.’

“When you allow yourself to surrender to the story, to the character, to the night, to the audience, transcendence happens,” said Jackman. “And when that happens, there is nothing like it on the planet. It’s the moment people experience when they fall in love, which is equally frightening and exciting. That’s what it feels like.”

Jackman also says he was “brought up with a religious sense of giving back.”

“I am given opportunities, more money than I could ever need. If you see money or fame as energy, then use it to help others. Paul Newman did that. That’s what inspired me to start Laughing Man.”

According to Christian Today, Jackman had “previously distanced himself from the evangelical church, telling Parade magazine in 2009 that he found it too ‘restrictive.’”

But that attitude may be changing as Hugh Jackman is set to play St. Paul in an upcoming film about the apostle’s “conversion, his ministry and his imprisonment.” Christian Today says that Jackman “will also produce the film, along with Matt Damon and Ben Affleck. The screenplay is currently being written by Matt Cook.”

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