Hugh Jackman wasn't prepared for the "avalanche of emotion" he would experience as a parent.
The 44-year-old Hollywood star is married to Deborra-Lee Furness and together they have adopted children Oscar, twelve, and Ava, seven.
The actor has opened up about the impact fatherhood has had on him.
"Many of you are parents, you guys know you can't prepare for that moment. Nothing can prepare you," he explained on American TV show Katie. "You can't even explain how incredible it is and that avalanche of emotion that comes and how it opens up your heart, how it frustrates you, how it angers you, how alive you are as a parent."
The couple tried for a long time to conceive naturally but didn't have any success.
Tragically, Deborra miscarried twice and the Les Misérables actor has discussed their journey to finally having a family.
"To be clear, Deb and I always wanted to adopt. So that was always in our plan," he revealed. "We didn't know where in the process that would happen but biologically obviously we tried and it was not happening for us and it is a difficult time. We did IVF and Deb had a couple of miscarriages. I'll never forget it the miscarriage thing - it happens to one in three pregnancies, but it's very, very rarely talked about."
The star believes miscarriages should be more openly addressed.
He explained how opening up about the tragic event can help the healing process in the long run.
"It's almost secretive, so I hope Deb doesn't mind me bringing it up now," he added. "It's a good thing to talk about it. It's more common, and it is tough. There's a grieving that you have to go through."
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