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Hugh Michael Jackman was born on Oct. 12, 1968, in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. In 1991, his last year at university, he took a drama course to make up additional credits and fell in love. Since then, he has garnered Academy Award and Screen Actors Guild nominations and has won a Golden Globe, People’s Choice Award and an Emmy.
It is hard not to just write out a laundry list of all of this man’s credits. Not only is he a phenomenal film and television actor with an impressive résumé, but he is also proficient in musical theater, plays the piano and is a producer and a philanthropist. He is reprising his role as Wolverine in X-Men: Days of Future Past and has a number of projects lined up this year. He has joined the cast of Lee Daniels’ next film about Martin Luther King Jr., he is set to play the villain, Blackbeard, in Pan (about the history of Peter Pan and Captain Hook) and he is returning to Broadway this fall to appear in the new play The River.
- When he first started out and was studying acting full time, he was offered a role in the popular soap opera Neighbours, but he turned it down to attend the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts.
- Before he became famous, he worked as a birthday party clown and a gas station attendant.
- He was offered the role of James Bond in 2006’s Casino Royale, but due to scheduling conflicts, the part went to Daniel Craig.
He stays very active with yoga, dance and sports, but when becoming the clawed mutant, he sticks to a 6,000 calorie-a-day diet to bulk up. No stranger to training for a part, he also practiced wrestling for the film Van Helsing.
Jackman is a vocal supporter of many different charities. He is heavily involved with Microcredit (which offers loans to entrepreneurs in poverty-ridden countries); he is the global adviser of the Global Poverty Project and actively supports Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, The Art of Elysium, Operation of Hope and Charity:Water, to name a few.
The family has a dog named Dali.
He graduated from the University of Technology, Sydney with a B.A. in Communications, but after taking a drama course to make up credits and playing the lead in his class’ play, he said he “felt more at home with those people than I did in the entire three years [at the university].”
He met Deborra-Lee Furness on his first TV gig — an Australian show called Corelli in 1995. The couple married in 1996 and have adopted two children, Oscar and Ava.
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Michael Fassbender was born on April 2, 1977, in Heidelberg, Germany. Although it seems like he just jumped into stardom during the past few years, he has been acting since he was 17 years old. He worked his way up the ladder and bartended, delivered mail and auditioned like crazy until he got his first role in a major film, 300, in 2006. Like his X-Men co-star, he has a long list of honors to his name, such as Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations, and he has won Screen Actors Guild, AACTA, BIFA and Broadcast Film Critics awards.
Like Jackman, his résumé is filled with projects we know, love and admire. He is also returning to X-Men as Magneto; he completed production on the western Slow West; he formed a production company called Finn McCool Films, where they are developing a film about a mythological Irish hero; and he is co-producing and starring in the film adaptation of Assassin’s Creed.
- He speaks German fluently.
- He is a huge Formula 1 racing fan.
- His nickname is Fassy.
He lost 30 pounds to play Bobby Sands in the film Hunger. He works out with a personal trainer and his diet plan varies, depending upon his movie roles.
Everyone seems to have nice things to say about him: that he is a hard worker, perky, dedicated and kind. He also visited a school for the deaf with Ryan Gosling a couple of years ago and through their attendance raised $22,000.
He commented that he is fairly selfish with the amount of hours he puts into his work, so he has no pets at this time.
He attended St. Brendan’s College in Ireland and moved to London to study at the Drama Centre London when he was 19. He dropped out to tour with the Oxford Stage Company’s presentation of The Three Sisters.
He claims his longest relationship was two years. The rumor mill has run wild as to who his girlfriends have been — everyone from his 12 Years a Slave co-star Lupita Nyong’o, to Gerard Butler’s ex, Madalina Ghenea, to Zoë Kravitz, Rosario Dawson and the newest rumor, supermodel Naomi Campbell. It took him a moment to become famous; maybe it’s just taking him a moment to find true love, too.
About Mara Marini
Mara Marini is a Canadian film, television and theater actress perhaps best known for her recurring role as Brandi Maxxxx on the hit NBC comedy series, Parks and Recreation. Marini has also appeared in a number of indie comedy and horror films. In 2013, she launched a popular digital comedy video series called Inside Dating on Break.com. She will soon be guest-starring on Disney’s Kickin’ It and shooting a politically incorrect feature comedy this fall. For more information on Mara, check out her official website, www.maramarini.com, and follow her on Facebook or on Twitter at @popgloss.