Ellen: Ewan McGregor ‘Beginners’ & 41st Birthday

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Ellen: Ewan McGregor Birthday

Ewan McGregor is turning 41 later this month, believe it or not. “But I’m still sort of just getting used to the idea of being 40,” he said.

It’s easy to forget how old you are once you get away from the milestone birthdays, though the round decades are usually at least a good reminder of your age.

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Ellen: Ewan McGregor Beginners

Ewan McGregor shared his experiences working on the film "Beginners" with Christopher Plummer. (Image Credit: Rena Schild / Shutterstock.com)

Ellen & Ewan McGregor on Getting Older

Ewan said in your 30s you think you’re more sensible, but you realize in your 40s that wasn’t true. Now he is the father of four daughters, and he said that parenthood gets easier as he ages.

Ellen agreed that, “every decade, you realize that you really still don’t have it together,” she said, though we all grow and achieve things over our years.

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Ellen: Ewan McGregor Beginners

Ellen loved Ewan McGregor’s recent movie Beginners. Christopher Plummer won an Oscar for his role opposite Ewan, and Ellen can’t recommend it highly enough.

Read Christopher Plummer’s Oscar Interview.

“It’s lovely that it’s had a sort of second life,” he said. “It’s a funny thing with films. You pour your heart and soul into them.”

Ewan said he is glad his co-star has been getting so much recognition for his work during the 2012 awards season.

Ellen: Ewan McGregor & Christopher Plummer

Ewan said that instead of rehearsing the scenes from their script, the actors rehearsed their relationship. They went clothes shopping to get to know one another and bond before beginning the film shoot.

Ewan was supposed to buy Christopher a scarf, but Christopher ended up buying several pairs of skinny jeans as well. That is a hilarious visual.

Beginners: Based on a True Story

The story is based on the real life experiences of director Mike Mills, and his emotions were contagious on the set. Ewan said he really connected with Christopher Plummer while working on the project.

Watch the movie Beginners online.

Ellen: Ewan McGregor Charity Work

Ewan McGregor and Ellen both work on a variety of charitable projects. They recently spent time at an event that brought charity fundraisers together, and he said that annual donations to charities really do have an impact.

“The truth is that an enormous amount of things are happening,” he said.

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