Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 28 August 2014

Ethan Hawke: I put family before work

Ethan Hawke

Ethan Hawke prioritises family time and credits his wife with helping him to do so.

The actor has been married to Ryan Hawke, 33, since 2008 and the couple share two daughters, Clementine and Indiana.

He credits their relationship with grounding his hectic career.

“I’m a full-service dad. [My wife] gives my life balance. More than my job, I want to dedicate my life to the people I love, my family. That’s what makes me happy,” he told People magazine.

Ethan also shares custody of his two kids with ex-wife Uma Thurman, Maya and Levon.

The former couple divorced in 2005 after seven years of marriage.

Ethan, who is currently working on a New York stage production of Macbeth, prefers performing in theatre as opposed to working on cinematic productions. The former frees time in his schedule for being a present parent.

He also praised Uma for being such a flexible co-parent.

“[We] coordinate schedules so the kids have equal time with each of us,” Ethan explained.

“Rehearsals start the same day that school starts. It lets me have some routine in my life, and it’s good for my kids. I don’t want them growing up without me.”

The 42-year-old star also has no qualms about growing older.

He feels he has grown remarkably since he skyrocketed to fame decades ago.

“In my 20s I was insecure about proving myself. I didn’t know who I was anymore because I couldn’t find the joy in my work,” he reasoned.

“Now that I’m older, I’ve accepted who I am. I’m not perfect, and I’m okay with that.”

Ethan will debut in Lincoln Center Theater’s production of Macbeth in October.

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