Deborra-Lee Furness is sick of being branded “lucky” for being Hugh Jackman’s wife.
Furness, who is an award-winning actress and an adoption campaigner, says she fails to understand why some believe that she has landed on her feet by marrying the Hollywood star.
“That to me is a putdown, like you suggesting I won the chook raffle,” Furness told The Australian Women’s Weekly magazine.
“I think we create our own destiny … When people look at my life, they don’t know the challenges (I face), just like I don’t know someone else’s. With every privilege, comes responsibility and challenges,” she told the magazine.
Furness, 58, met Jackman on the set of the Australian TV series Corelli in 1995 and they married in 1996. They have two adopted children, Oscar, 14, and Ava, nine.
After almost two decades of marriage, Furness says luck has nothing to do with it.
“If you want something, you put it out there with good intention and you realise it.”
Furness starred in the critically acclaimed film Jindabyne (2006) and the more recent film Blessed, she also provided the voice for Barran in Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole.
But of late she has been putting all of her energy into campaigning to overhaul adoption laws in Australia as the executive director of the Worldwide Orphans Foundation.
Earlier this year the couple also launched a charitable foundation to support the performing arts in Australia.
Jackman took to Twitter to announce the initiative and posted a picture of the foundation’s logo.
“Announcing the Jackman Furness Foundation for the Performing Arts. We Hope it’ll make dreams come true,” he tweeted.
The foundation will support art education groups in Australia.
With Australian veteran actor Jack Thompson as a founding patron, the foundation has set a goal to raise at least $10 million over the next your years, according to The West Australian newspaper.
“Deborra-Lee and Hugh are both passionate about supporting the performing arts, and excited to be launching their foundation in Perth where Hugh’s career began,” foundation trustee Geoff Michael told the newspaper.