Hugh Jackman wife is "the greatest thing" that has ever happened to him.

The X-Men Origins: Wolverine is still head-over-heels for his wife Deborra Lee Furness, 60, after more than 20 years of marriage but admitted it took him some time and liquid courage to reveal his feelings after they met on the set of Australian drama Corelli.

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Speaking to chat show host Ellen DeGeneres, Hugh, 47, said: "It gets better and better, I can honestly say that. She's the greatest thing that ever happened to me.

"She was the star and I had this major crush on her. Everyone did. The whole crew had a crush on her and I was so embarrassed by that, I didn't talk to her for about a week.

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"I had a dinner party and I invited her over and about 20 other people. And she said, 'What's a matter, have I annoyed you? You're not talking to me anymore. What have I done wrong?' and I said - I'd had a couple - and I said 'oh look, I've got a crush on you, I'll get over it.' And she went, 'Oh really,' " and I was like, 'Oh, this is bad.' And she goes, 'Yeah, I got one on you. too.' And I'm like, 'Oh, great!' So that was it."

Meanwhile, Hugh admitted the couple's children, Oscar, 15 and Ava, 10, are not impressed by his fame, although his son uses him to impress girls.

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He said: "There was one time, a few years back, we were at the beach and [Oscar] was talking to this girl. He was about 12 and the girl looked to be about 15 - he likes older women, like his dad.

"Anyway, he started walking over toward me, and he sort of ran ahead of this girl. And the girl was walking and he's sort of running up to me. I said, 'Everything all right?' He said, 'Yeah. I told her you're Wolverine. Just sign an autograph.' I was like, 'Am I a wingman for my son now? This is really weird.'"

- Bang! Showbiz