Hugh Jackman, the beloved Australian actor and Broadway star, made his first appearance on “The Ellen Degeneres Show” recently, and it was definitely a memorable one. The charismatic actor sat down with Ellen to discuss a range of topics, from his struggles with getting sick while performing on Broadway to his excitement for his son’s upcoming birthday.

The conversation began with Hugh thanking Ellen for talking about his frequent illnesses on “The Jay Leno Show.” He explained that being on Broadway means being in close contact with people, constantly shaking hands and even kissing fans. This, of course, increases the chances of getting sick, especially when someone coughs or sneezes near him.

Ellen then shared a funny anecdote about Elvis Presley, who would kiss women in the audience during his concerts. Hugh found this amusing and mentioned Richard Dawson from “Family Feud,” who famously kissed everyone on the show. They laughed about the difference in cultural norms between Australia and the United States.

Hugh, who hails from Sydney but currently lives in Melbourne, expressed his love for Australia and his desire to visit as often as possible. However, due to his commitments on Broadway, he hadn’t been able to go back for almost a year. He shared some funny stories about his travels, including the long flight from LA to Australia and the uncomfortable pajamas given on the plane.

The conversation then shifted to Hugh’s upcoming Mother’s Day celebration, as his son’s birthday falls just after it. He mentioned that his son, Oscar, would be turning four this year and was excited about making breakfast for his mom. Hugh joked about Oscar’s cooking skills, saying he can make pancakes, Jello-O, and even crepes. They laughed about Oscar’s penchant for accidentally setting things on fire.

Ellen and Hugh also discussed his latest movie, “Van Hing,” a monster hunter adventure film in which he plays a younger version of the famous Van Helsing character from Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Despite some thrilling moments, Hugh reassured Ellen that the movie is not too scary and has a great mix of romance and adventure.

They wrapped up the interview by talking about Hugh’s role in the Broadway musical “The Boy From Oz,” where he portrays legendary Australian entertainer Peter Allen. Hugh shared how exhausting yet exhilarating it is to sing and dance in the show. Ellen, ever the entertainer herself, asked Hugh to teach her a dance move from the show, and they hilariously attempted a Rockette-style kick line.

It’s always a delight to see Hugh Jackman on screen, and his appearance on “The Ellen Degeneres Show” was no exception. From hilarious anecdotes to heartfelt moments, Hugh’s charm and talent shone through. It’s no wonder he remains one of Hollywood’s most beloved celebrities.

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Originally aired on May 7, 2004