Ethel Merman-Referencing Movie Star Insists 'I'm Not Gay'
Hugh Jackman's effortless ability to segue between hairy-chested machismo and honey-voiced vibrato has fed rumors for years that our Wolverine's gay subtext might not be so buried. A game Jackman nicely addresses the speculation in an interview with Parade, saying "I'd be happy to go and deny it, because I'm not [gay]. But by denying it, I'm saying there is something shameful about it, and there isn't anything shameful." Jackman clearly has no problem with that perception, as he goes on to prove with his impeccably-referenced description of his wife, Deborah:
"She's the most honest person I've ever met. The worst liar. Can't do it," he says of Deb, eight years his senior. "Everything she feels comes out. This is just the long way of saying she's not jealous of my success, no. It's not in her DNA. Every person I've ever worked with has ended up liking Deb more than they like me."He adds: "I'm a little behind in the wit department, and she's always, 'Come on, Hugh, keep up! Keep up!' She looks a lot like Kim Novak, but she's from the Ethel Merman school with her humor."
And, no doubt, she is a real Judy Garland in the sack. Never gets boring!
· Hugh Jackman: I'm Not Gay [Us]