Hugh Jackman has received an Oscar nomination for his portrayal of Jean Valjean in Les Miserables but the Aussie actor admits he turned to help to conquer the fear and anxiety he battled with shortly after landing the role.
He sought help from friend and self-help guru Tony Robbins.
"I said, 'I want some help'. I got this job, and sometimes in front of the camera I can't feel as relaxed as on stage," Jackman told the Hollywood Reporter.
Jackman, who is on the magazine's cover, opened up about how Robbins taught him to own his fear.
"He goes: 'Man, you're playing Jean Valjean. You should be scared'," Jackman said.
One of the strategies Robbins suggested for the superstar was to name the secure and insecure sides of Jackman's personality, according to the magazine.
"Frank was the more confident, and Charles was the other," Jackman said.
The 44-year-old actor said one of the latest projects he is working on is a new musical about stunt performer Houdini with composer Steven Schwartz and director Jack O'Brien.
He hopes it will be up and running in a year.
Jackman will walk the red carpet at the 85th Academy Awards on Sunday, February 24 (February 25 Perth time).
He has been nominated for an Oscar in the Best Actor category along with Daniel-Day Lewis (Lincoln), Bradley Cooper (Silver Linings Playbook), Denzel Washington (Flight) and Joaquin Phoenix (The Master).