Hugh Jackman is "prepared to have a go" at the Tonys

When Hugh Jackman saw his name on the Radio City Music Hall marquee promoting the Tony Awards Sunday, he said he was "so excited."

"It reminds me I'm a kid from a northern suburb of Sydney, Australia, who's here on Broadway and hosting the night that celebrates the best of live theater," Jackman said to "CBS This Morning" co-host Gayle King.

This will be his fourth time hosting the Tony Awards.

He's best known for his blockbuster movie roles, but he perceives himself in a different light.

"I see myself as someone who is prepared to have a go. If I think about Sunday night, I'm going to try something in the opening that honestly I don't know if I can pull it off. And I kind of love that feeling. I love the feeling of just, 'It's a little nerve-racking, but let's go for it.'"

Jackman's first role in Hollywood was Wolverine in "X-Men," but he admitted he never read the comic as a child.

"I'd never heard of it. ... I read some comics, Garfield and things like that growing up, but I was not a big comic book fan," he said.

Jackman said he came to love Wolverine because that role was the foundation of his career in Hollywood, but its meaning became greater.

"I love more than anything that, now I have a 14-year-old and 9-year-old, and they love the movies and they love what it has to say. It speaks to them. It's not just, 'Dad's on the phone blowing things up' movie."

Jackman's children are both adopted, something he's been vocal about.

"When [my wife and I] got together, we tried biologically as well, which didn't happen, but we were always planning on adopting as well. It was something we both agreed on."

He said when it came time for them to look into adoption, they were told there was most need in adopting mixed race children.

"We were like, 'Great.' I didn't see it as an issue. I don't see race or sexuality or any of that stuff as defining qualities. What I think, as a parent or as a human, is the things that unite us, that bring us together, that unify us. So as parents it just seemed natural for us."

How Jackson parents was greatly influenced by his father.

"I feel that 99 percent is upbringing and that's what I really concentrate on as a parent, too -- remind my kids. I tell them, you guys are going to get a free pass because of me sometimes, but you're not going to get one from me. You need to be respectful and go out of your way to make sure that you take care of people. Be of service. My dad was a great example of that."