Ewan McGregor on having 4 daughters: “I wouldn’t have it any other way”

Yay! Ewan McGregor has a new interview and photo shoot in the new issue of GQ. Ewan is promoting several films, not least of which is Beginners, which has a surprising amount of critical acclaim and buzz. Beginners has even won some big critics awards, and it’s thought that Christopher Plummer is a shoo-in for an Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination, if not the actual award. But you know what else Ewan is promoting? HAYWIRE!!!! That film with the one and only Michael Fassbender. At the premiere, I would like to see Ewan and Fassy holding each other in a deep embrace. I would like to see Irish on Scotsman, in whatever stage of dress they want. Sigh…anyhoodles, Ewan’s full GQ interview is here, and his (rather beautiful and sassy) slideshow is here. Here just a few highlights:

On being a father of four daughters: “I never feel battered by it. I wouldn’t have it any other way.”

On what Ewan would do if he retired from acting: “I like the idea of being a sculptor. Just me alone, making something—that solitary existence. And then you come out,” he adds, “and you’re back into the house with all the kids. That would be perfect.”

[From GQ]

Yeah, that was a little light on the quotes! Sorry about that. Oh, well, it’s not like Ewan is going to talk to GQ about his affair with Melanie Laurent or anything. Let’s just think about Ewan and Fassy together again. God, I can’t wait for the premiere. Those photos better be magnificent. Here’s the trailer for Haywire again:

Photos courtesy of Peggy Sirota/GQ, slideshow here.

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  1. madpoe says:

    Didn’t Fassy wear the same suit Ewan is wearing..once..somewhere? Winks 🙂

    • EBitch says:

      Fassbender just looks like a dirty crackhead to me. No offense to those who love him, but I do not get it! Sorry, haha.

  2. k says:

    I really enjoy his acting and adorable face, but I have lately become turned off by his self-serving behavior in his personal life. How nice for him that he can run off and hook up with other ladies while his kids are at home, being cared by someone else.

    What happens when his daughters start reading the tabloids and see Daddy with someone who is not Mommy?

  3. I think the highlights in his hair are unbecoming.

  4. BerMan says:

    I really like Ewan, he’s from a different cut of a actor and I very much like that about him. Unique and expressive. He brings you into the character he’s portraying, and to the story.
    *Also I’m glad he finally had that mole on the center of his forehead removed.
    To future films and sculptures Ewan, cheers!

    • Cristina says:

      he said in an interview that it was a cancerous mole discovered during a routine check up. lucky man!

  5. Faye says:

    He had an affair? That’s sad. Because I love him. I guess he’s not my dream boat after all.

    • Tammy says:

      Word has it that he and his wife have an open relationship. So it’s not really cheating considering they have each other’s consent to see other people. Cheating involves betrayal and deceit, which isn’t the case in open relationships like theirs. I don’t see why people have their panties in a bunch over this.

  6. the original bellaluna says:

    I hope he didn’t have an affair, because that would really negatively impact my (high) opinion of him.

    (And when did they have the 4th daughter, because I can only find info on the 3?)

    • CG says:

      I thought it was well-known that he and his wife have an open marriage?

    • Justyna says:

      Ewan said in an interview few months ago that they adopted another girl. She was born at the beginning of 2011 but her name was never released.

      And yes, the rumours about their open marriage are much older than the Melanie Laurent affair. I’ve read many years ago about their alleged arrangement that they can sleep with other people as long as they’ll come back home to raise their kids together. Nobody really knows if it’s true but the Laurent situation looks like some sort of confirmation since they weren’t hiding with PDA in front of paps and his wife still didn’t mind and supported him at the premiere just few weeks later.

  7. DomCoug says:

    I heard about this movie last year.. er like really really last year.. I am so excited it’s finally coming out! put it together boiz…then show it to us. Giddy up!RAWR!

  8. lrm says:

    who’s the gal in this trailer? gina something? i’m not familiar with her, but she looks like the lead-and maybe gets more or at least as much screen time as the other two being fawned over here.
    she looks kinda bad a*s and her voice has a smiliar tone to AJ, actually.

  9. marissa. says:

    I saw “Beginners” and found him so charming! But his personal life should not deflect from the fact that he’s an amazing actor. And based on his interview, regardless of what he does with his life, he loves his kids and loves being a dad. Anyway, I’m excited for “Haywire” and seeing him pose with the Fassdong. Love them!

    • jen says:

      Totally agree. I don’t know if he hooked up with that chick (I hope not) but I love that he kept going back about his kids. The only thing I’m looking forward to is that Fassbender and McGregor sandwich. Yum

  10. Jaxx says:

    Men always say they want sons but it is their daughters they go gaga over. They enjoy being worshipped by their little princesses whom they spoil, dote on and adore while they compete and posture before their sons. That’s the way of it.

  11. mk says:

    I’m done with the selfish bastard. Guys like him are a dime a dozen

  12. MaiGirl says:

    If he were really into his daughters like he says, he would be more careful about hiding his (alleged) side pieces. His arrangement with his wife is his business (I wish I could say that I personally know a couple in a successful open relationship, but every one I have known of has broken up), but his poor daughters shouldn’t have to see these dalliances covered in international media. It’s a hard arrangement for most adults to understand, let alone children.

  13. jferber says:

    I agree, Maigirl. And how often is it an “open” relationship just so the wife can save face? It’s open for him, but not for her (because she has no desire to and wants to keep her husband on any terms). So she agrees to the cheating. Yuck.

  14. Alix says:

    In my experience, people who say “I wouldn’t have it any other way” really would, if they could.

  15. Jacqueline says:

    Most open relationships end after awhile. I tried it and there is no “us against the world.” after his daughters are raised, watch him split. Most men split on daughters anyway. But ya I dont get why all men want a son snce women now are the main breadwinner in most middle class marriages. I know more than 40 men who live off their wives. This Ewan guy is just another selfish guy who wants us to think highly of him. He is delusional. All children of cheating parents end up with a lot of insecurity issues as adults. Or expect and accept cheating and cheat. Watch this so called marriage in say 10 years. It wont exist. Open relationships are for a very few crazy minority of people.

    • MaiGirl says:

      I tried it and there is no “us against the world.”

      That is a really good point. I think that it is definitely accurate for the relationships I have witnessed. But, I couldn’t even make an attempt–just too oriented towards monogamy.

  16. Ella says:

    I always thought he seemed pretty into his wife during the documentaries Long Way Round and Long Way Down. He certainly looked and spoke passionately about her when they met up.

  17. Jules says:

    Seriously, everyone assumes that all the tabloid crap about him and Laurent is true! Why, because she had his arm in his when they were walking down a street??
    Ewan seems like an amazingly nice/well-adjusted and all-around great guy from every interview/talk-show/documentary I have ever seen him in. And as Ella said above, he truly seems to be in love with his wife!! Of course I don’t pretend to know anything about his personal relationship with his wife, but he really does not strike me as a sleazy, back-handed, creepy cheater/womanizer. And hey, if they DO have an open relationship…maybe it WORKS for them!!! To each his own.
    I love Ewan immensely, and would love to be Eve, for like, a week or so. 🙂