In October 2017 we learned of Ewan McGregor’s open affair with his Fargo costar Mary Elizabeth Winstead. I tend to believe that they fell in love months earlier, and by October, he had likely already left his wife Eve Mavrakis. Ewan ended up filing for divorce in January 2018, and Eve made a rare public statement, basically calling it his choice and his call to divorce her. In the divorce filing, he said he and Eve had been separated since May 2017 too, probably exactly when his affair with Mary Elizabeth began. My vibe was that Eve was used to Ewan’s little on-set affairs because he always came back to her. Then he fell for Mary Elizabeth and wanted out of his marriage. Their kids got involved too, with Clara McGregor (their 20-something daughter) publicly referring to Mary Elizabeth as a “piece of trash” who broke up the family.
In the fall of 2018, there was some beef between Ewan and Eve about child support and spousal support. Basically Eve was accusing Ewan of nitpicking her over how much he was giving her as she raised their three under-18 daughters (at the time) while he gallivanted around with his midlife crisis jumpoff. That story died very quickly though, so I suspect Ewan paid up and they continued to hash out their divorce. Well now, two and half years after he filed, they’ve completed the divorce. And Eve is getting HALF.
Ewan McGregor and his ex-wife Eve Mavrakis have finalized their divorce. In a judgement documents obtained by PEOPLE, McGregor, 49, and Mavrakis’ divorce was finalized on Thursday with a judge appointing both of them joint legal and physical custody of their youngest child, daughter Anouk, 9. The two have agreed to continue to “have a flexible custodial schedule to accommodate” their daughter’s schedule, according to the documents.
The Star Wars actor will also be responsible for paying Mavrakis, 54, $14,934 per month in child support, as well as a trust fund set up for their daughter’s educational expenses. McGregor will also pay Mavrakis $35,868 per month in spousal support.
The two have also split their assets, although any earned income from films or TV series McGregor has starred in the past — such as Fargo, the Star Wars prequels, the Trainspotting films, Big Fish, Moulin Rouge, Emma and Now You See It, among others — are considered community property and all residuals and royalties will be split with Mavrakis.
While films McGregor has made after their listed separation date of May 2017 are considered his own separate property, his 2018 film Christopher Robin, for which he earned $3,000,000 is considered community property. The two have four daughters together: Clara, 24, Jamyan, 19, Esther, 18, and Anouk.
He probably would have had to pay more in child support if Jamyan and Esther were under-18 by the time the divorce was completed. And the reason everything pre-separation was community property is because years ago, they moved to California permanently and CA is a community property state. And it’s A LOT because Eve and Ewan were married for 22 years. Yeah, she got half. And then half of the future royalties from anything he did pre-separation. TMZ says she gets to keep their $6.62 million LA home, plus jewelry and five of their cars. Ewan got to keep thirty of his cars and motorcycles. What a massively expensive affair.
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Get it, gurl!
My guess is Leno and Seinfeld have far more!
Why does someone have 35 cars?
I was wondering this too? Do they have a car in every state?
Jerry Seinfeld and Jay Leno have that many cars, if not more. Big car buffs with equally big incomes!
Jay Leno has 240 vehicles. 170 cars and about 120 motorcycles. He has a big garage and employs a bunch of guys -and also likes working on them himself so it’s not just about owning them for him.
He also says it’s his lone vice. Doesn’t drink, gamble, smoke-cheat on his wife.
Oh he doesn’t cheat on his wife. Because if he did he’d say it. A lotta excuses here for obscene wealth. Again, I wanna see BOTH their charitable contribution records for one decade, then I’ll know who they are.
@Darla Oh don’t get me wrong-no one needs to own that many cars. Even if it’s their big hobby. Once you get into private curator territory I’m like…wha????
Just that’s his line.
So boring. If I were ever to get into the 100-million-plus “league” I wouldn’t bother with high-maintenance assets like that. Sure some of those vintage or one-off models might make good investments but there’s parking, storage, and maintenance, all of which will cost you big. Think Ewen has always been into bikes but didn’t know he collected cars also. Seinfeld is so boring with his car obsession. I was a big wasteful shopper (clothing) up until my mid-20s and my parents spoilt us so I could afford it without actually earning money. Once I started working, I learned the value of money and of course there’s the environmental dimension of having too much stuff. Capsule lifestyle all the way, but eat well and healthfully (organic, quality food) and support the arts. If I had that much money, I’d support animal charities and invest in high-growth businesses with social values that give back to the community. But their money, their choice and freedom.
“My vibe was that Eve was used to Ewan’s little on-set affairs because he always came back to her. Then he fell for Mary Elizabeth and wanted out of his marriage. ”
Totally agree with this assessment. Those pics of Ewen with Melanie Laurent suggest this is the correct view of their arrangement, but of course this is just speculation. Eve deserves every cent and good for her; she raised the kids. Celeb have have strange lifestyles compared with civilians. These two are *RUMOURED* to be like Sadie Frost and Jude Law (when they were married): swingers. Jada and Will, Paul Newman and Joan, Goldie and Kurt, and a whole bunch of others are also RUMOURED to be / have been the same.
They had 35 cars and motorcycles???
He collects classic cars so not only did they have that many, a lot would have been worth hundreds of thousands. I assume that so why he got to keep most of them (presumably her share of other assets was increased accordingly).
If the law says half and she wasn’t the one screwing around then, hell yeah she should get paid.
I don’t think it matters who is doing what, because we do not know what is really going on in any marriage. But, with a marriage that long she should get half of anything that was acquired during the marriage and she should get spousal and child support that reflects his income; including any changes to that income. To me that is fair with a long term partnership.
She was always going to get half, it’s a 50/50 state, one or the other or both of them could have been boning the neighbors in the front yard and it wouldn’t matter.
Fidelity is irrelevant as CA is a no-fault state
“she wasn’t the one screwing around then, hell yeah she should get paid.”
No-fault divorces is the right approach. Think the UK is still fault-based until next year.
How does one obtain 35 cars?
There’s a reason the Iron Man movie shows a garage of expensive sports cars – a collection like that is shorthand for ‘super rich’. He’s not even close to the only wealthy man with a similar collection (and they tend to increase in value unlike normal cars so they are an actual investment).
If they are mainly classic cars it could also be an investment.
The same as collecting 35 Barbies. Except with more money.
You know, I bet she would have accepted this deal at the beginning and he’d have suffered significantly less damage to his reputation.
They had 35 cars?!
I think that number includes motorcycles. I remember that road trip doc he did a few years ago with his friend and he showed off what he had and the cycle he was getting made for the trip. That number seems right.
It’s called Long Way Round and it’s actually pretty good. I think he did a second one going down to South America that his wife was in a bit of it.
@Anne Call – Africa. They’ve just done the South America one.
All I can think of when I read HALF is Eddie Murphy “I want HALF Eddie!!!”. Classic.
Same here. Lol. Half!
that whole bit was based off of Johnny Carson’s divorce, right?
but yes, it’s what I always think of when I hear “HALF OF EVERYTHING”.
Good! I hope karma continues to work on him. What goes around ALWAYS comes around.
Ha! Your comment reminded me of the song, “Big Bang”. *Big bang, Big crunch, You know there’s no free lunch/Kneel down and pray, here comes your judgement day/Big crunch, you know, it’s gonna be quite a show/What goes around always come around…*
Remember those days when he was gushing in his praise of the beautiful, wonderful Eve? We all swooned, but now… not bloody likely. Cheaters are dirty and deceitful. If you want to play away, end your current relationship first.
Are he and Mary Elizabeth still together…?
they still were in March.
I don’t know anything about her and can hardly fault her falling for a dude I’ve lusted for since college, but my instinct is to dislike her because I loathed her MPDG portrayal in Scott Pilgrim. I know that’s irrational, but here we are.
Mary Elizabeth was married and left him for ewan too, from what i remember he was a cute hipster guy. Two marriages ended for this relationship
Half seems very appropriate. It would even if they weren’t in a community property state.
She spent twenty years as his partner raising his children as her primary occupation. It’s entirely fair that she be compensated for whatever career she gave up for that. Shame to watch him throw it all away like that so stupidly, though. I had a huge crush on him in my twenties. What a boner killer.
Same! This has made him very unattractive. I’m glad she got half.
I don’t understand how he isn’t paying support for the 18 and 19 year old daughters. Aren’t they still in school or at least still dependent on their parents/ living at home? Age isn’t a cut off point if they’re still at home or in school.
By law in CA, child support ends at 18. Anything after that is entirely voluntary / gratuitous. Whatever he pays for college tuition or separate allowances to his “adult” kids wouldn’t show up as CS. On the other hand, full time students can be covered under their parents’ health insurance up to age 26.
It looks like she is/was a production designer, but has not worked very much since they were together. Given that they had 4 children, and he had a busy film career, it sounds like she definitely gave up working her own career to be there for their family, and probably travel with him on some of his jobs. She also probably played a big part in managing his career and helping him select roles. Half sounds completely fair to me.
Absolutely! Who knows if their relationship was truly in a good place before he left permanently so I won’t speculate on that bit but it seems she put her career largely aside to make and raise a family with him so she should get a fair settlement.
I hope she has the freedom to pursue whatever she wants now.
Number one, that is way too many cars for a couple to have. Eat the rich.
Number two, I would say since he was wiling to pay this kind of bank, it’s love. Not an affair or jumpoff. Of course, it could just be he felt dead inside the marriage. That happens a lot after 20 years. I don’t judge that. But I do judge having over 40 cars total. I’d like to see BOTH of their charitable contributions during the past decade.
No one is obliged to give to charity. Also with enough money and space, my ex would have a similar number of cars and I’d be happy for him. I’d spend the money on clothes and shoes. They earnt it, they can do what they want with it.
Yes, they are. when you look around you, and then around the world, and if you have more than enough and you aren’t giving…you are an awful person. Objectively. And I don’t mean just the wealthy, i mean the well off too. But especially the wealthy. yes.
I definitely support higher taxes on the wealthy, but I admit I’m less irritated by entertainers making bank than, say, CEOs and board members. Performers are selling a service (their acting ability) that happens to be highly sought after. Companies like Amazon and Walmart are exploiting both the workers under them and the taxpayers forced to subsidize their wealth through programs like welfare while the infrastructure crumbles around us and people die because they can’t afford healthcare. Big difference in how the ramifications shake out to me for the population as a whole.
This comment all day long!
She’s gorgeous and good for her.
IKR? She’s beautiful, insanely wealthy, and has four lovely (as far as we know) children. As much as I’ve lusted for Ewan since the 90s, I kinda figure she’s better off without him.
I get all the comments here, but I don’t think ‘expensive affair’ or ‘good.’ She contributed positively towards his success and lifestyle. It seems only fair. And for someone so wealthy and with that earning capacity, what do those kind numbers really matter anyway?
I mean, that’s why I think “good.” This sounds like a fair split.
Same. She was going to get half whether he had an affair or joined a monastery .
Right. It’s not about the affair. She was entitled to half, but it’s still satisfying.
Happy for Eve!
I hope it was with it Ewan. I wonder if he will marry Mary Elizabeth now, after how expensive this divorce was …yikes
That will be interesting to see won’t it?! 😏 I bet there will be a pre-nup this time. Also I believe she is 35 or 36, so I wonder if she wants kids (considering his are grown or very nearly)? She may not, which, cool. If she does though? Again, it will be interesting to see if this works out.
I wish we wouldn’t refer to this as her getting paid or as Ewan giving her something. She’s got half of THEIR marital assets, as she should. Nobody gave or paid her anything, she got what was hers.
Eve was a very successful production designer in her own right for years and she met him before Trainspotting! She helped him cultivate and build his career in ways no one will ever know and raised his children for him. She deserves every BIT of that money! Especially with no prenup (when they got married he was a young, poor nobody).
I didn’t know Ewan was getting paid like that.
To quote the poet Megan Thee Stallion: “Don’t get mad hoe; Get a bag, hoe”
Ewan and Eve were widely rumoured to have had an open marriage. Of course, leaving your spouse for one of the other partners isn’t part of the deal, so…
I had heard that rumour too, but if the past few years of MeToo and seeing the Hollywood facade fall has taught me anything; it’s to critically examine rumours that favour men. Did they have an open marriage or did Ewan like to f**k around on set and while away and she chose not to end their marriage and break up the family over it? Putting it out there that they had an “open marriage” certainly makes him look better. In short? I’m skeptical.
So true Mia. “We have an open marriage” is always the excuse cheating husbands give you to cheat with them and it’s always a lie.
Ewan has been one of my favorites since high school (I’m turning 40 next year, so it’s been a minute). I can’t tell you how disappointing it was to learn about this. I always thought he was one of the “good/kind” ones like Hugh Jackman or Tom Hiddleston. (I think Tom Hiddleston is nice?? Seems that way??) Anyways. I’m happy for Eve, and this is definitely the end of a 20+ year crush for me. Ha.
I have a totally different opinion of Hugh Jackman! What about John Palermo? This is just my opinion and speculation, obviously.
Picturing Eve andMackenzie Bezos on a zoom , smiling, drinking their cups of tea, virtual high fiving and generally having a hell of a time!
And Mackenzie just dropped a HUGE amount of money to charity–$1.7 billion to 116 different organizations tackling a variety of social issues. Because of her stock options, etc she already made it back in about two weeks.
Damn skippy. MacKenzie gave a substantial batch of millions to several historically black colleges and universities (including my alma mater, Hampton University—woot!!) 🙂 She will always be cool with me because of that.
On a tangent, does anyone know what/who that beautiful cream dress she’s wearing in the top pic is? Love it. Is he still in the affair or has that ended?
“She gets to keep FIVE of their cars.” She will have so much money coming in every month she doesn’t have to do anything for the rest of her life, just because he had success as an actor (and he is a great actor). I cannot relate to people this rich whatsoever.
And both he and Mary Elizabeth were dreadful in Birds of Prey.
I know he has had a steady, successful career, but I am genuinely surprised he is wealthy enough for that level of excess and maintenance, which his wife and family totally deserve an equal part of. Did he get a piece of the Star Wars pie or something?
Most likely. He was Obi-Wan in all 3 prequels after all, and has gotten his own Obi-Wan series on Disney+. That alone will keep him living VERY comfortably for the rest of his life.
He could lose everything and keep afloat just going to Comic Cons. Star Wars fans are *crazy*. And now he’s in the DCEU which isn’t as successful as the MCU but still has it’s own following.
Yeah I guess because I am old enough to remember him being an indie movie 90s guy so it doesn’t compute he’s a major player just from that (Star Wars) alone.
To be honest though, he’s a very good, perhaps even fantastic, actor. He was one of the few people who got the tone right for those stodgy SW prequels.
Agreed—he was one of the very few good things in the prequels.
I am not huge into the whole Star Wars thing and those movies were awful but his Alec Guinness impersonation was amazing! 😉 I thought he was really good in Fargo too.
WOW! $35k a month?! I don’t even make that in a YEAR.
Yes sis get your money!!!
I’m too lazy to scroll up and figure out which comment to respond to. So, two things:
-community property state, long marriage. Why wouldn’t she get half? My ex got half and my husband’s ex got half when they divorced. That’s not unusual at all.
-I’ll believe a marriage is open when the wife talks about it. I don’t believe the husbands – and funny, I can’t think of many (any?) wives who will talk about having an open marriage. I don’t know many wives who would find that appealing – not to say it never happens, but I don’t think it’s commonplace
You go, girl! Get you some money!
Happy for Eve – she will be set for life. While I do not condone affairs, I have to say that Mary Elizabeth is actually a very nice, down to earth lady (met her at work and she very kind). I hope they are all happier in their new arrangements.
I don’t condone affair either but have to say she’s very pretty and was wondering what the heck was she doing with a much older, very “fatherly” guy. Strange things happen on sets. Didn’t that Drew Pinsky say they’re like sensory deprivation chambers and that tempts actors into affairs or something…
Is he still with the other woman? I didn’t even know this happened! What a jerk. Good for her, they have children, and he’s the father. Period.