Last night, Hugh Jackman was on 60 Minutes for a one-on-one interview in his home country of Australia talking about his “role of a lifetime” on Les Miserables. He spoke of how he really connected to his role on an emotional level and how he feels that everything he has done in his life has lead to this moment.

Jackman opened up about being raised by only his father after his mother left he and his four siblings when he was just 8-years-old. “I can remember the morning she left. It’s weird the things you pick up. I remember her being in a towel around her head and saying goodbye, must have been the way she said goodbye,” explained Jackman. He continued, “As I went off to school, when I came back, there was no one there in the house. The next day there was a telegram from England, Mom was there. And then that was it.” He continued, “I don’t think she thought for a second it would be forever. I think she thought it was, ‘I just need to get away, and I’ll come back,” explained Jackman, adding that his father “used to pray every night that Mom would come back.

He teared up when he said, “It’s always been about the family… It’s not about the work.” He also sheds light on the secret to making his marriage work. Watch the interesting and emotional interview below.

’60 Minutes’ Interview With Hugh Jackman