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Leave it to Hugh Jackman to turn a birthday bash into a singing and dancing extravaganza – all for a cause.
The actor celebrated his 45th Saturday night with a “One Night Only” performance at Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre, which drew a crowd of admiring fans, plus big names like Tom Cruise, Octavia Spencer, Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, Olivia Munn and more.
Jackman took the stage with a host of glitter-clad backup dancers, and even carved time out of his performance to serenade wife Deborra-Lee Furness. He also paused for a fun photo op with the crowd, complete with Wolverine claws (of course!).
Hugh Jackman with wife Deborra-Lee Furness
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The entire night raised funds for the Motion Picture & Television Fund through causes.com. The star’s birthday wish was for fans to donate $4500 to the organization, which provides affordable health care, financial services and retirement aid to those working in the film and television industries. (Want to help? You can donate here.) The evening itself garnered $1.85 million for the cause.
However, our favorite part of the night came in the form of Jackman’s special message for PEOPLE.com readers, tied to our recent YourTurn challenge where we asked you to submit fun photos of yourselves wishing the actor a Happy Birthday. Click below to hear what he had to say!
For Hugh Jackman, being a blockbuster, A-list actor often earns him a “meh” at the very least from his two kids. Even with The Wolverine set to open this weekend, he says they resist the urge to act like his biggest fans.
“They’re not going to give that up to me. They’re not going to be like, ‘Yeah Dad, you’re the coolest!'” Jackman told PEOPLE Wednesday at The MOMS’ Mamarazzi event in New York City.
“My son actually saw the movie, and I asked him what he thought, and he begrudgingly goes, ‘Oh, awesome.'”
His son Oscar, 13, is especially having trouble adapting to dad’s spotlight, Jackman says, having been frequently photographed with sister Ava, 8, over the years.
“He’s at that age where it can be embarrassing. He’s now like, ‘Can you please stop talking about me? This is killing my reputation,'” says Jackman. “He wants me to be his dad. He doesn’t like when we get stopped on the street or when people recognize me.”
But even though Jackman, 44, knows that doing more interviews will “get him in trouble,” he can’t help gushing about his children – like about what they want to be when they grow up.
Oscar’s going to be an artist, he says proudly, and Ava would be happy doing anything that involves “handling animals, cooking, singing and poetry.” They may not want to follow in dad’s footsteps as an actor, but that’s fine with him.
“That’s the great thing about parenting,” says Jackman, “You end up going places you never thought you’d go.”
– Stephanie Kuo
You can always count on Hugh Jackman to keep his cool pretty much anytime, anywhere. Even if it means being mobbed by a sea of ladies during a film festival.
On Friday, the hunky Prisoners star was spotted getting some serious fan love at the film’s photo call at the 61st San Sebastian International Film Festival in Spain.
Jackman is such a positive guy that he even thanked the restaurant he dined at during his trip.
Unbelievable time at the SSFF! Arzak THE resturant to beat. Thank u for a great time. #SSFF #Prisoners… http://t.co/GjCPf7Vnra
– Hugh Jackman (@RealHughJackman) September 28, 2013
Launch the gallery, above, for more of the day’s star sightings.