After five months, Hugh says the training started to pay off. Even Deborra, his wife of 13 years, couldn't believe the transformation.
"I walked in after the gym and Deb's like: 'Who are you? This is ridiculous. I don't even know who you are,'" he says.
It's no wonder People magazine named Hugh the "sexiest man alive" in November 2008, but Hugh says his wife isn't impressed by muscles and a movie-star smile.
"It doesn't really get me very far at home. I try to get out of taking the garbage out. [I say,] 'You know, baby, what if there's photographers? This is not sexy,'" he jokes. "And Deb's like: 'Trust me. That's the only thing that's sexy about a man—when he takes the garbage out.'"