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Ethan Hawke Opens Up About Taking on Movie Roles to Pay His Bills

Ethan Hawke Opens Up About Taking on Movie Roles to Pay His Bills

Ethan Hawke is featured in GQ‘s August 2018 issue, out now.

Here’s what the 47-year-old Boyhood actor had to say…

On celebrity and success: “Success becomes a kind of formaldehyde for some people. They get stuck in it and die there.”

On alternating between different kinds of movie roles to pay his bills: “My best movies are not the ones that pay me: the Before trilogy, Boyhood, First Reformed, Dead Poets Society…I pay my alimony with my acting, I pay my kids’ health insurance with my acting. I pay everybody’s tuition with my acting.”

On his divorce from Uma Thurman in 2004: “When you’re depressed, it’s really easy to see everything that is fake about other people and life, and I just started seeing all that. How phony celebrity was, how phony everything is. You channel your inner Holden Caulfield, you know?”

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