"Acting is something I love. Its a great craft that I have a lot of respect for. But I dont think its any greater challenge than teaching 8-year-olds or any other career. In my life I try not to make it more important than it is and I just hope that rubs off on the people around me."
"To this day I am the least materialistic person I know because my father didnt raise me to just go out and buy this or that car. The only reason I wanted to make money as an actor was because Im passionate about food!"
"I just find the evangelical church too well restrictive. But the School of Practical Philosophy is nonconfrontational. We believe there are many forms of Scripture. What is true is true and will never change whether its in the Bible or in Shakespeare. Its about oneness."
"I have done many movies that people hadnt seen. The Fountain I spent a year on that. The Prestige with Chris Nolan and Australia. From my perspective its very satisfying. Some movies people see and other movies they dont. Wolverine X Men I know that in some level people know me just for that and its fine for me."
"Becoming a father I think it inevitably changes your perspective of life. I dont get nearly enough sleep. And the simplest things in life are completely satisfying. I find you dont have to do as much like you dont go on as many outings."
"At the end of drama school I made a contract with myself: Id try acting for five years. I was 26. I had already spent eight years working in restaurants and gas stations. So I had seen enough small businesses to understand that thats what acting is: a small business."
"I know Im not known as method. By nature Im not a brooder. What I continue to use is a mixture of the English school which is traditionally outside-in and the more American way of working from the inside out."
"My father is a real idealist and hes all about learning. If I asked for a pair of Nikes growing up it was just a resounding No. But if I asked for a saxophone one would appear and next day and Id be signed up for lessons. So anything to do with education or learning my father would spare no expense."
"Both my parents are English and came out to Australia in 1967. I was born the following year. My parents and immigrants like them were known as £10 poms. Back then the Australian government was trying to get educated British people and Canadians - to be honest educated white people - to come and live in Australia."
"Americans are the most generous country on the planet. Ive worked in Europe Ive worked in Australia. There is no where else where you get absolutely no attitude for being a foreigner. If you do your job well they embrace you."
"What I respect as far as in myself and in others is the spirit of just doing it. For better or worse it may work and it may not but Im going to go for it. Ultimately I probably prefer to be respected for that than whether it works out or not either winning or losing."
"I once sang Summer Nights from Grease at a bar in Melbourne with John Travolta whos a good friend of mine. He looked cool singing the part of Danny - sitting in an armchair smoking a cigar - while I got stuck playing Sandy."
"Im not a kid. You dont get in this business for anonymity. Its not like I have posters of myself on the wall but at the same time Im kind of ready for a little bit of it but I worry for my little one and my family - their privacy. Thats what Im more protective of."
"I love food all types of food. I love Korean food Japanese Italian French. In Australia we dont have a distinctive Australian food so we have food from everywhere all around the world. Were very multicultural so we grew up with lots of different types of food."
"Meditation is all about the pursuit of nothingness. Its like the ultimate rest. Its better than the best sleep youve ever had. Its a quieting of the mind. It sharpens everything especially your appreciation of your surroundings. It keeps life fresh."
"My parents were drawn to the idea that there was space and opportunity in Australia. For the meagre sum of £10 you could sail your entire family out to Australia so thats what my father chose to do."
"I was probably more scared of my high school exams than I was of the Oscars. At the time you think its everything and if you dont do well your lifes over. Opportunities are gone. So the more you do it the less the fear is present."
"One afternoon when I was 9 my dad told me Id be skipping school the next day. Then we drove 12 hours from Melbourne to Sydney for the Centenary Test a once-in-a-lifetime commemorative cricket match. It was great fun - especially for a kid who was a massive sports fan."
"The secret to modern life is finding the measure in time management. I have two kids career and I travel and I dont think my life is any different than most couples. The most valuable commodity now for many people is time and how to parcel that out."
"Im doing Les Miserables the movie. Ive done a lot of musicals and a lot of movies and I know there are not a lot of people in Hollywood who have been down those two paths so Ive been like Come on lets do a movie/musical."
"I have a terrific marriage but unlike a lot of relationships where they ebb and flow no matter what happens you fall deeper and deeper in love every day. Its kind of the best thing that can happen to you. Its thrilling."
"Australians are coffee snobs. An influx of Italian immigrants after World War II ensured that - we probably had the word cappuccino about 20 years before America. Cafe culture is really big for Aussies. We like to work hard but we take our leisure time seriously."
"My favorite play in drama school was The Bacchae. Its about a king who literally gets eaten alive by all the women in the play in a kind of orgy - its related to the word bacchanal - and I loved that idea of animalistic chaos and following our own desires."
"Now I meditate twice a day for half an hour. In meditation I can let go of everything. Im not Hugh Jackman. Im not a dad. Im not a husband. Im just dipping into that powerful source that creates everything. I take a little bath in it."