His son has learned it can be both fun and scary to have a father who plays the famous mutant character

By Derek Lawrence
March 06, 2017 at 03:00 PM EST


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To the world, Hugh Jackman is Wolverine. But, to his kids, he’s dad… and Wolverine.

In honor of Logan, the actor’s final appearance as the X-Men character, Jackman graced the cover of the latest EW issue and sat down for a lengthy chat. Among the topics discussed was the effect playing the iconic mutant has had on his role as dad.

“I do remember catching him out on the beach in Australia, once when he was 12, talking to a 15-year-old girl,” Jackman said of his son. “And I could hear him saying, ‘Yeah, my dad is Wolverine.’ And I was like, ‘Oh, he’s worked that one out.'”

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While it turns out that sometimes having Wolverine as your dad might score you a date, other times it could lead to nightmares. Jackman recalled when his son was a toddler, he slept with a Wolverine doll, which featured the actor’s voice saying some intimidating lines.

“He used to roll over in the middle of night and hear these very sort of violent little three or four word phrases… that he was just taking in sublimely,” he laughed.

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