By peoplestaff225
Updated February 24, 2009 01:00 PM

While many couples pursuing adoption focus their efforts on children of the same race, Hugh Jackman and Deborra-Lee Furness blazed a different trail when adopting 8 ½-year-old Oscar Maximillian in 2000. It was no accident; In Barbara Walter‘s Annual Oscar Special the 40-year-old actor reveals that Oscar and his 3 ½-year-old sister Ava Eliot were both the result of a “deliberate” decision by the couple to adopt mixed-race children.

“When we went first to talk to someone in Los Angeles about adoption, I remember they said, ‘What do you want?'” Hugh revealed. “I said, ‘Well, healthy would be good.'” The official then pointed out that Hugh and Deborra had selected mixed-race on their questionnaire. Recalled Hugh,

His answer “didn’t make sense” to the couple, who considered their decision a “no-brainer.” Adds Hugh,

Source: ABC News