A career in Hollywood usually comes with its ups and downs, and that of Scottish-born actor Ewan McGregor has been no exception. From the critically acclaimed highs of Trainspotting to the widely panned lows of the Star Wars prequels, McGregor has seen both sides of the movie business during his acting tenure. However, it seems that the 46-year-old has had to ride the waves in his personal life too – something that was put on full display at the 2018 Golden Globe Awards. Because after accepting a Best Actor award for his parts in Fargo, McGregor made an acceptance speech that stunned and shocked many who saw it…
He may not have been instantly drawn to acting as a child, but Ewan McGregor certainly made up for it in his adult life. Born on March 31, 1971 in Crieff, Scotland, the son of two schoolteachers got his first taste of dramatic performance during his three-year stint at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
Clearly, it was something he excelled at. McGregor landed his first big part in the 1993 British musical Lipstick on Your Collar, before getting a call-up to appear in the television series The Scarlet and the Black. From then on, there was no stopping the flying Scotsman.
After appearing in various shows and movies – like his first motion picture role in Being Human with Robin Williams – McGregor hit his big break in the 1996 black comedy Trainspotting. Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Danny Boyle, the film was a critical and commercial success.
Since then, McGregor has gone on to appear in big blockbuster films such as the Star Wars prequels, Moulin Rouge!, Big Fish, Angels & Demons and many more. However, while his acting work may have changed over time, one constant in his life was his wife of 22 years, Eve Mavrakis.
McGregor and Mavrakis first met in 1994 on the set of the British TV series Kavanagh QC, and it appears to have been love at first sight. The following year, the two infatuated co-stars got married in Mavrakis’ home country of France.
For over two decades, the married couple seemed to be one of the entertainment world’s more stable couples. In 1996, they brought their first child Clara Mathilde into the world, followed by three more: Esther Rose in 2001, Jamiyan adopted in 2006 and Anouk in 2011.
Sadly, though, the wheels unceremoniously came off in October 2017 when the two announced their separation. It surfaced that McGregor was romantically involved with his Fargo co-star Mary Elizabeth Winstead. The two had met while filming the television series, and it seems that their meeting meant the end of McGregor’s 22-year marriage.
Meanwhile, Winstead’s marriage to movie director Riley Stearns also came to an end – so then there were two spouses presumably heartbroken. Stearns has been attempting to move on from the split, posting on Instagram in January 2018 to say, “Remember when I used to post sad stuff ALL THE TIME?? Yeah, sorry about that. I’m all about not taking myself too serious in 2k18.”
Even more astounding was the claim that Winstead had been brazen about her crush on Ewan McGregor when she was invited over for dinner by Mavrakis. A source told The Sun at the time, “She is doing her best to handle it with dignity.”
Incredibly, though, the source added, “But what makes it worse is she has been told Mary Elizabeth had a teenage crush on Ewan. I’m sure a lot of people did but they didn’t go and have an affair with him.” The Daily Mail asserted that it was made clear to Mavrakis over the dinner table prior to the filming of Fargo’s third season.
However, things turned even more sour in January 2018 at the Golden Globes when McGregor picked up a best actor gong for his performances as Emmitt and Ray Stussy in Fargo. While it should have been all about the acting, the famous Scotsman stunned audiences for much more personal reasons…
During his acceptance speech, McGregor thanked his estranged wife Eve Mavrakis – but he also took the time to attribute the win to television co-star and current romantic interest Mary Elizabeth Winstead. What ensued following his startling declaration was a social media firestorm.
As in most award acceptance speeches, McGregor credited his family and said, “I want to take a moment to just say thank you to Eve, who always stood by me for 22 years, and our four children Clara, Esther, Jamyan and Anouk.” But no, he didn’t stop there…
He thanked his fellow co-stars, saying, “I’ve always loved being an actor and I got amazing actors to hang out with, and there wouldn’t have been any Emmett without David Thewlis and Michael Stuhlbard and Carrie Coon.” However, he saved the best for last…
He shockingly added, “And there wouldn’t have been any Ray without Mary Elizabeth Winstead.” The revelatory moment had many people up in arms, considering the fact that he only recently left his wife Mavrakis to be with Winstead.
Regarding the eyebrow-raising speech, one Twitter user noted, “Enjoying how, in one speech, Ewan McGregor thanked his wife of 22 years and the actress he left her for,” while another wrote, “Did I just hear Ewan McGregor thank his wife AND his mistress in that acceptance speech?”
Others showed clear disdain for the speech, with one Twitter user saying, “Actually hope Ewan McGregor’s wife takes him to the cleaners. Appalling way to behave,” while another lamented that he “should have thanked his dog while he was thanking his wife AND mistress while speaking at the #GoldenGlobes.”
It was followed four days later by another best actor win at the Critics’ Choice Awards, where he also took the time to thank Winstead in his acceptance speech. He acknowledged her by saying, “Thank you to all of our actors… and Mary” – which was preceded by a congratulatory kiss from his fellow co-star and new girlfriend.
Anyone thinking Mavrakis might be okay with the speech should think again. She told the Daily Mail in January 2018, “No, I did not like his speech,” before clarifying, “Why not? For the same reasons you are here asking me about it. I am not going to say any more.”
Love can certainly be cruel, and Eve Mavrakis has found this out in the most public way. However, the heartbroken actress is trying to pick herself up following it. Posting a picture on New Year’s Day of herself and her daughters, Mavrakis captioned it, “Happy 2018! I am so thankful for my loving, caring girls.” It’s nice to know that despite losing her husband, she still has her four daughters by her side.