Ethan Hawke: ‘I Had No Business’ Marrying Uma Thurman When I Was 27 Years Old

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By Shari Weiss

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Ethan Hawke candidly opens up about his failed marriage to Uma Thurman in an interview with Elle. Speaking about lessons he’s learned about love through the years, the actor confesses that he wed Thurman in 1998 at age 27 because “the world felt out of control.”

“I thought marriage would decrease my variables or something. I was absolutely wrong,” he admits. Hawke continues, “There was this discovery that the male brain isn’t done until 28. I definitely think my frontal lobe was not finished. I had no business taking vows that would last more than two weeks.”

The Before Midnight star, who split from Thurman in 2003, goes on to cite Derek Jeter as “the guy who’s got it right.” “He lives his life like, ‘Hey man, I play shortstop for the New York Yankees. And I’m not going to get married until I’m no longer a shortstop for the New York Yankees,'” says Hawke, adding, “Which is incredibly smart.”

One thing the movie star doesn’t have regrets over is how he lost his virginity. “I lost my virginity to someone I cared for very much and who cared very much for me,” he tells the magazine. “The thing that’s so important for young people to know is that, if you use protection, sex is one of the few vices that you can really enjoy as a young person.” Hawke, who has two kids with Thurman, is now wed to former nanny Ryan Shawhughes, with whom he has two daughters.

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