Hugh Jackman and Deborra-Lee FurnessGregg DeGuire/FilmMagic

Hugh Jackman's claws certainly don't come out when discussing his wife, Australian actress Deborra-Lee Furness.

In his recent appearance on "Oprah's Next Chapter," the 44-year-old "Wolverine" star gushes about his love of 18 years, whom he met when he was 26 and she, at 39, was the more famous of the pair. "I have become infinitely more confident, infinitely braver, and more within myself from being with Deb," he says.

He admits, however, that fame hasn't been easy on their marriage.

"It can be difficult at times, because -- as she'll call it -- the 'chopped liver syndrome,'" Jackman explains, going on to describe the craziness that ensues when they step out in public together. "It can be, 'There's Hugh Jackman!' I've literally seen her knocked away. You know, people try to push her aside. Deb is way more vivacious, gregarious, outgoing. She holds a room by nature, so that's difficult."

But it's not like Furness was similarly shoved out of the spotlight; she willingly took a break from acting to have a family, just as Jackman's career began to heat up. "When I met her, Deb had done 25 films. It was my first job," Jackman shares. "She wanted a family and a husband and children, and she didn't want to miss that. We had children, and she's been with them. It's been amazing."

Jackman and Furness have an adopted son and daughter -- Oscar, 13, and Ava, 8. Jackman's latest big-budget film, "The Wolverine," sliced its way into theaters last week. What It's Like Being Married to Hugh Jackman

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