Sutton Foster and Aaron Tveit Laud Hugh Jackman for His Leadership and Character

Sutton Foster and Aaron Tveit praise Hugh Jackman for his incredible leadership and kindness

Sutton Foster, Hugh Jackman and Aaron Tveit. (PHOTO: VIA PEOPLE, CHARLES SYKES/VARIETY VIA GETTY; CINDY ORD/MG24/GETTY; AMANDA EDWARDS/GETTY)
Sutton Foster, Hugh Jackman and Aaron Tveit. (PHOTO: VIA PEOPLE, CHARLES SYKES/VARIETY VIA GETTY; CINDY ORD/MG24/GETTY; AMANDA EDWARDS/GETTY)

At the 2024 Drama Desk Awards on June 10, Sutton Foster and Aaron Tveit, co-hosts of the event, shared their admiration for Hugh Jackman, the acclaimed stage and screen star.

Both Foster and Tveit spoke highly of their experiences working with Jackman, highlighting his exceptional qualities as a costar and leader.

Foster, 49, who performed alongside Jackman in the Broadway production of The Music Man from December 2021 to January 2023, was effusive in her praise.

“He’s one of the greatest guys ever, an incredible costar,” she said. “And yeah, I think everyone already knows that, though.”

This sentiment was echoed by Tveit, 40, who acted with Jackman in the 2012 film adaptation of Les Misérables. “I think it’s good to say it, though. I did the Les Misérables film with him, and I couldn’t agree more,” Tveit added.

Hugh Jackman in 'Les Miserables'. (PHOTO: VIA PEOPLE, LAURIE SPARHAM/ UNIVERSAL)
Hugh Jackman in ‘Les Miserables’. (PHOTO: VIA PEOPLE, LAURIE SPARHAM/ UNIVERSAL)

Both Foster and Tveit emphasized the significant lessons they learned from working with Jackman. “How to be an amazing leader,” Foster remarked when asked what she took away from her time with Jackman.

Tveit concurred, recalling Jackman’s professionalism and demeanor on set. “He was so unbelievable on that set. Had so much more to do than everyone else and handled it quite great,” Tveit said.

The admiration for Jackman’s leadership extends beyond Foster and Tveit. Ryan Reynolds, who starred with Jackman in X-Men Origins: Wolverine in 2009 and has since shared the screen with him multiple times, also praised Jackman’s ability to lead a set.

In a joint interview with PEOPLE, celebrating the release of PEOPLE’s first-ever collectible side-by-side covers, Reynolds recounted his early days working with Jackman.

“I learned so much about what it means to lead a set when I watched you,” Reynolds, 47, told Jackman. “What it means to be gracious to not just the people that can change your destiny, but everybody.

Hugh Jackman and Sutton Foster in 'The Music Man'. (PHOTO: VIA PEOPLE, KEVIN MAZUR/GETTY)
Hugh Jackman and Sutton Foster in ‘The Music Man’. (PHOTO: VIA PEOPLE, KEVIN MAZUR/GETTY)

I watched you know every member of the crew’s names, have a working dialogue with every single part of that crew and those people. Everyone around you felt so seen.”

Reynolds vividly remembered his first meeting with Jackman on the set of X-Men Origins: Wolverine. “I heard my name, ‘Ryan!’ in between these trailers as I was walking.

And it was you,” Reynolds recalled. “Just the fact that you knew my name meant so much to me. And you came over, you gave me a big hug and you said, ‘Welcome aboard. It’s all going to be fine. We’re going to make you comfortable.’ ”

Jackman’s ability to connect with his colleagues and crew members is a recurring theme in the testimonials from those who have worked with him.

Foster and Tveit’s experiences on The Music Man and Les Misérables respectively, as well as Reynolds’ account, illustrate a consistent pattern of leadership and kindness that Jackman brings to his projects.

Foster and Tveit also have their own shared history on stage. They performed together in a limited run of the Broadway revival of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, which ended in May.

Hugh Jackman in February 2023. (PHOTO: VIA PEOPLE, MATT KEEBLE/DAVE BENETT/GETTY)
Hugh Jackman in February 2023. (PHOTO: VIA PEOPLE, MATT KEEBLE/DAVE BENETT/GETTY)

Their reunion at the Drama Desk Awards provided an opportunity to reflect on their careers and the influential figures they have encountered, with Jackman standing out prominently.

Jackman’s reputation as a supportive and gracious leader is not only appreciated by his fellow actors but also by the broader entertainment industry. His approach to leadership on set, characterized by personal engagement and an inclusive attitude, sets a standard that many of his peers admire and seek to emulate.

In an industry often known for its intense pressures and egos, Jackman’s example of humility and genuine care for those he works with is both refreshing and inspiring.

The accolades from Foster, Tveit, and Reynolds highlight the impact that a positive and respectful approach can have on a collaborative creative environment.

As Jackman continues to take on new roles and projects, his legacy of leadership and kindness will undoubtedly continue to influence and inspire both established and aspiring performers.

His ability to balance a demanding career with a compassionate approach to his colleagues is a testament to his character and professional integrity.

In an evening dedicated to celebrating the best of theater, the praise for Jackman from Foster, Tveit, and Reynolds served as a reminder of the importance of leadership and camaraderie in the arts.

Their heartfelt words underscored the profound impact that a truly remarkable individual can have on those around them, both on and off the stage.

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