The One Item Hugh Jackman Flies With to Stay Healthy on Tour
Sure, celebrities have regular access to the most luxurious air travel: first-class tickets, private jets, fast-track security, and so on. But while they may be more comfortable than we are way back in economy, the journey to get from A to B is still the same.
In fact, some celebs spend more time up in the air than they do with their feet on solid ground, as they commute to and from cities for gigs, appearances, and meetings. Currently on tour performing songs from The Greatest Showman, Les Misérables, and more, Hugh Jackman has had his fair share of takeoffs and landings as he performs in countless cities through Oct. 2019.
Recently, he attended the launch of Montblanc’s new StarWalker line at the Lone Star Flight Museum in Houston. As their global ambassador, he takes a pen with him everywhere he goes — along with a few other surprising accessories. He took a minute off the red carpet to talk travel essentials and flying with us.
T+L: Flying is part of your job description but be honest: do you really like it? Or is it a necessary evil?
Hugh Jackman: “I want to go knock on the cockpit and say, ‘Let’s go the long way ‘round.’ I love it. I relax on it. I feel really terrible for people who get scared of flying because it must be horrible stuck in an anxious time. I don’t. I love it. I relax.”
You’re an expert traveler! What do you do to pass the hours?
“I do not want there to be WiFi on my plane. I like to read. I used to always watch movies, but now I read a lot.”
What was the last book you finished?
“The last book I read was by Anthony de Mello’s “Awareness”. It was like a slap in the face. It was sort of a spiritual book. He’s like ‘Oh you, wake up.’ I like that. It made me at times upset by it, I was angry.”
Window or aisle seat?
“I like both! I don’t know. [Pause] No, window seat. I prefer the window.”
What else do you take in your carry-on these days?
“Recently, because of this tour, I bring a humidifier. I’m sure everyone thinks I’m a massive germaphobe, which I’m not, but it’s to help so I don’t dry out on the plane. Susan Graham, one of the top opera singers in America… You know the hand towel that they give you at the beginning of the flight? She kept dipping it in her glass and had it over her face the whole flight.
So that she can sing?
“Right! Otherwise, you just completely dry out. They say you really shouldn’t sing a day or two after flying. With a humidifier, you don’t have to [wait].”
Is there anything else you pack?
“I also always take food — packaged nuts or something like that — in case the food’s not good.”
It typically isn’t that great, huh?