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Meet Ryan Shawhughes: Everything About Ethan Hawke’s Wife

Ethan Hawke is one of the most popular actors in Hollywood. He has been in the field of entertainment for the last 30 years. He grabbed the attention of the viewers through his performance in the beloved coming-of-age film Dead Poets Society.

Soon after, Hawke bagged roles in movies such as Reality Bites and Gattaca. He starred in  Richard Linklater’s Before trilogy: Before Sunrise (1995), Before Sunset (2004), and Before Midnight (2013), alongside Julie Delpy.

In addition to this, Hawke also appeared in Scott Derrickson’s horror films Sinister (2012), and The Black Phone (2021). Throughout the course of his acting career, Ethan has been nominated for four Academy Awards, two Golden Globe Awards, and a Tony Award.

When we talk about the personal life of the award-winning Hollywood actor Ethan Hawke, let us tell you, he has been married twice. He was first married to Uma Thurman, then he went on to marry Ryan Shawhughes. Read further to know more about his wife Ryan Shawhughes, and her romance with Ethan Hawke.

Here’s all you need to know about Ethan Hawke’s wife Ryan Shawhughes

Ryan Shawhughes is the wife of the celebrated Hollywood actor and film director Ethan Hawke. Ryan and Ethan walked down the aisle in the year 2008, three years after his divorce from Uma was finalized. The two of them have been together ever since then.

Apart from being known as Ethan Hawke’s wife, Ryan is a producer by profession. His wife is well-versed with the world of limelight. She has had a successful film career of her own, but she has worked behind the cameras.

To date, Ryan has worked with Ethan on multiple projects. She has teamed up with her husband Hawke on films like First Reformed and Blaze. According to her IMDb page, she served as an executive producer on the TV series The Good Lord Bird. 

How did Ryan Shawhughes and Ethan Hawke meet each other?

Back in the day, Ryan Shawhughes was originally hired as a nanny to the two kids of Ethan and his then-wife Uma Thurman. So the pair’s whirlwind romance leading to their marriage caused quite a stir.

Ryan and Hawke’s relationship might have seemed scandalous to people but The Good Lord Bird star cleared the air on the pair’s romance in an interview with The Guardian. At that time, he told the media outlet, that he and Ryan hadn’t gotten romantically involved until long after she’d been a nanny.

In a 2009 interview with The Guardian, the Dead Poets Society star said, “After a short period of working for me, Ryan went back to Columbia to get her degree. There were never any scandalous thoughts or actions back then. In the years that followed, my marriage disintegrated due to many pressures, none of which were remotely connected to Ryan.”

Ethan went on to say, “I know people imagine some kind of Sound Of Music type love affair, but the truth is by the time Ryan and I were falling in love, it had been a long while since I had employed her.”

In the year 2013, Hawke told Mr. Porter, “Sexual fidelity can’t be the whole thing you hang your relationship on. People have such a childish view of monogamy and fidelity, He’s cheated so he’s bad, she’s cheated so she’s bad,’ as opposed to a recognition that our species is not monogamous, To act all indignant, that your world has been rocked because your lover wasn’t faithful to you, is a little bit like acting rocked that your hair went grey.”

Over the years, we have heard Ethan gushing over his wife Ryan Shawhughes. He has also stated that he never wanted to get married again but that he and Ryan were “incredibly compatible” and he loved her “tremendously.”

The Born to be Blue actor spilled the beans on his decision to remarry and his second marriage to his wife Ryan in a 2013 interview with Elle. At that point, he told the media outlet, “Through the failure of my first marriage I learned a lot about myself. Until you know yourself, you don’t know how to share your life with another person.”

How many kids do Ethan Hawke and his wife Ryan Shawhughes have?

Ethan Hawke and his wife Ryan Shawhughes are proud parents of two kids. Ryan gave birth to her and Hawke’s first child together, daughter Clementine Jane Hawke, a month after the pair tied the knot in July 2008. At the moment, Clementine is 14 years old.

The couple’s second child, daughter Indiana Hawke came into the world in 2011. In an interview with The Guardian, Ethan stated that motherhood came naturally to his wife Ryan. He said, “She has been a wonderful, happy new mother, a great step-mother, a real instrument of healing in our family, and a much-needed partner for me.”

Ethan Hawke was previously married to Uma Thurman

Before he and Ryan sparked romance rumors, Ethan was married to the Pulp Fiction actress Uma Thurman. The two of them met each other for the first time on the set of their film  Gattaca in the year 1996.

Ethan and Uma tied the knot in the year 1998. In an earlier interview with Elle magazine, Hawke confessed that getting married when he was 27 was an attempt to get a hold on his life as an actor.

The Before Sunrise star told the media outlet, “Success when you’re young is really overwhelming. The world felt out of control. And I wanted to stop it from spinning so fast. I thought marriage would decrease my variables or something. I was absolutely wrong.”

The former pair’s marriage wasn’t built to last and they separated in 2003 and got divorced in 2005. The couple’s divorce had a big negative impact on Ethan and it saw the light of the day when he received his first Oscars nomination. He revealed that his split from Uma made it harder for him to enjoy the high point in his career.

During a 2018 interview with GQ magazine, Hawke said, “I got divorced and my personal life fell apart. 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.”

Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman share two kids

Yes, you read that right. Ethan Hawke and his former partner Uma Thurman share two kids, a daughter named Maya Hawke, who is also an actress by profession, and a son whose name is Levon Roan Thurman-Hawke.

Hawke and his ex-wife welcomed their first child together, daughter Maya Hawke in the year 1998. Their second child, son Levon Roan Thurman-Hawke joined them earthside on January 15, 2002. Just like her famous parents, Maya decided to pursue a career in acting. She made her film debut by essaying the character of Jo March in the 2017 BBC adaptation of Little Women.

In 2018, Ethan talked about his daughter Maya’s film debut and he said, “It’s one of the most amazing moments of my life watching her in Little Women. She didn’t do a good job, she did a great job. To see your child thrive, and to see her thrive at a profession that you have a lot of respect for, that I’ve dedicated my life to, I was so proud of her.”

Maya is most noted for playing the role of Robin Buckley in the show Stranger Things. Ethan marked the breakout performance of his daughter in the Netflix show Stranger Things. At that time, he took to his Instagram and wrote, “But Ladies & Gentleman, get to know MAYA HAWKE. She’s the real thing.”

Up until now, Maya has starred in many shows and films like Little Women, Fear Street, and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. Maya also got the golden opportunity to work with her dad Ethan Hawke in a series titled The Good Lord Bird in the year 2020. She played the role of Annie Brown, the daughter of Ethan’s character John Brown in Showtime’s limited series.

While having a chat with Entertainment Weekly, Maya put out her thoughts on working with her dad Ethan. At that point in time, she said, “Working with my dad was great. I hope to work with my dad my whole life. He’s my greatest teacher and my greatest adviser, and it’s an honor to get to work alongside him.”

On the other hand, when we talk about Maya’s younger brother Levon, he also seems to be beginning a career as an actor. In the past, he was also seen on the set of his sister’s hit show Stranger Things.

Levon has also been spotted accompanying his mom to fashion events like Dior couture shows. He will star in the Apple TV+ drama anthology The Crowded Room alongside actors like Tom Holland and Emmy Rossum. He will also appear in Zoë Kravitz’s directorial debut Pussy Island.

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Meenal Mehta
Meenal Mehta
Hi, I am Meenal. I'm a travel enthusiast, a movie buff and a cricket fan all wrapped in one. I love to capture moments through my words. Writing is my happy space, it has been a great way of putting all my thoughts out and feel liberated.


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