Hugh Jackman credits critics for pushing him out of comfort zone
In a recent interview, Jackman opened up about his refusal to be pigeonholed into one genre throughout his career
Hollywood star Hugh Jackman used criticism in his early career as "an asset" to push him out of his comfort zone.
In a recent interview, the actor opened up about his refusal to be pigeonholed into one genre throughout his career and explained the "challenge" that pushed him to seek out "variety" in the roles he takes.
"I liked the stage. I liked singing. I like film. I like Shakespeare. I liked all of it. So I thought, well, my approach is I'm going to hold as many doors open as possible, try to open them and once they're open, try to hold them up for as long as I can," he said.
Jackman said he faced resistance from critics who struggled to label him when he was starting out, he believes resisting conformity helped him achieve the success he enjoys today. "There was a period where I wasn't sure if my strategy was working. But weirdly, I think I stuck in there long enough for it to become an asset. There were moments at the beginning of Wolverine where I doubted early on if I could do it," he added. "And usually, if I look back, the projects where I've had that feeling are generally the best. And, I wish I could have told myself that back then."