Hugh Jackman was eight years old when his mother left and moved to England. A few years later, his two sisters moved there as well, leaving Jackman to grow up in Australia with his father and two older brothers. The event left the adolescent Hugh feeling "volatile" with a lot of pent-up anger that didn't surface until his teens, which he channeled into sports at the all-boys school he attended. He told Parade, "We used to head-butt the lockers until there was a dent in them. Like, who was the toughest and craziest? In playing rugby, my rage would come out, rage that I identify as Wolverine rage. I'd be somewhere in a ruck in rugby, get punched in the face, and I'd just go into a white rage." But nevertheless, Jackman thrived, playing sports, starring in the school play, getting good grades, and even was school captain of the cadet corps.
After he graduated, Jackman decided to take a gap year to travel and work. He wound up in England at age 18 and was hired by the prestigious Uppingham School in East Midlands as an assistant housemaster. While he spent a good deal of his time teaching physical education and coaching sports teams, part of his duties also included tutoring freshmen only a few years younger in English and drama. "An 18-year-old Aussie teaching English to a bunch of English kids," he laughed while recalling the experience in conversation with the BBC. "I thought, if that was my school fees, I'd be pretty annoyed." But it sounds like he was pretty beloved in his short time at the boarding school. Retired housemaster Richard Boston remembered Jackman as "a delightful, open sort of person. A great communicator and he would have made a brilliant school master had he continued in that direction, rather than continue with acting."
When the year ended, he returned to Australia and enrolled in the University of Technology in Sydney as a journalism student—a change in course that would soon prove short-lived.