Hugh Jackman is joining the fight against extreme poverty by teaming up with Live Below the Line, a poverty awareness and fundraising effort started in Australia in 2010. The campaign challenges people to live for one week on less than $1.50/day - or roughly the amount faced by over 1.4 billion people worldwide. 

"It's a real challenge, but we just want to get people talking about this," he told Sky News. "I've been to Ethiopia and Cambodia, I've seen first-hand the difficulties people have but also how empowering it is when people get out of poverty."

The 42-year-old actor encourages people to check out the Live Below the Line website and sign up to take part from May 2nd - May 6th, even if they can't neccessarily commit to the $1.50/day challenge. 

"If you can't do it for whatever reason - maybe your job requires you not to like it does for me, then try something symbolic," Jackman says, adding that he plans on giving up his laptop, coffee, and sugar for one week. 

Check out Hugh below speaking about the campaign - and jump here to get involved! 

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Hugh Jackman fronts extreme poverty campaign
'Wolverine' actor challenges people to try and live on $1.50 a day for one week.