Hugh Jackman Reveals How He Got Into Journaling for His Mental Health

Actor Hugh Jackman spoke about changing ideas of masculinity and how he journals every day to address his own “stunted” emotions during an interview with Vanity Fair editor

The 53-year-old X-Men star and Australia native said he’s happy to see traditional attitudes toward masculinity evolving—both within the entertainment industry and beyond.

“A lot of what I grew up with in Australia, a very patriarchal society, is being entirely challenged and broken down daily"

"this whole idea, when I was growing up, that somehow girls became women but you had to make boys into men—had to push them, challenge them,” Jackman said.

He added that, as a child, he thought feeling fear was somehow off-limits to him: “I was actually quite a scared kid. I remember being scared a lot, but you weren’t allowed to be scared.”

Now, however, he sees a reversal of that mentality in society and within himself. “Men are being encouraged to be empathetic, to understand your feelings, to have a vocabulary around feeling,” he said.