The beloved actor dropped by The Late Show on Thursday to talk about his new film, Reminiscence, and his upcoming, highly anticipated Broadway production of The Music Man.
Chatting with host Stephen Colbert, Jackman said he was grateful to work with Stewart and McKellen, as 2000’s X–Men was his first big film role. McKellen, he recalled, gave him the best advice about acting on film, versus their first home, the theater.
“He said, ‘It’s going to feel really uncomfortable. When you’re acting on film, it feels uncomfortable, but it will look great. Just go with it,’” Jackman said. “And I always remember that, because when you begin in film, it’s stop, start. It’s very weird. You’re never acting for more than a minute and a half at a time.”
As for life itself, Stewart imparted the best advice that Jackman said he and his wife, Deborra-Lee, still follow to this day.
“He said, ‘I learned when I was about 60 — and I wished I had learned it when I was younger — I give myself time of day at the beginning.’ So, if he has a 5 a.m. wake-up call for a film, he wakes up a 4 a.m., he goes and gets a cup of tea, he comes back to bed with his favorite book,” Jackman explained. “He says, ‘I don’t read the paper because it makes me angry. I don’t read emails because that stresses me. I don’t read a script, I get nervous. I just read a book. So I know that no matter what happens for the rest of the day, I’ve had a half hour.’”
Stewart stressed that it was vital to take that time for one’s self at the beginning as the day too easily gets away, Jackman said.
“So, I’ve done that,” Jackman told Colbert. “My wife and I wake up every morning, get a cup of tea — coffee for me — and we sit in bed and we just read.”
Watch the full segment below.