Ethan Hawke says that fatherhood is "the greatest pleasure in my life. It’s the only role that, if I fail, I will consider my life a failure." He and ex-wife Uma Thurman have two children together, daughter Maya, 8, and son Levon, 4.

He thinks highly of Uma’s parenting. He said, "She’s a great mother, and raising the kids is a priority for both of us. We’re so fortunate that we have each other’s back in that way. Because I write and act in theater, it’s a lot easier for me to stay in the city. But my ex-wife has done a phenomenal job of that as well. She plans all her movies to shoot in New York." It also helps that Uma and Ethan live down the street from each other.

The child of divorce himself, Ethan is sensitive to how it can affect his children. When it comes to speaking about Uma, Ethan takes the high road. He said, "She’s my children’s mother. You have to keep that above anything else. If you bring two people into the world together, that supersedes anything else."

Source and photo: People, with permission

Thanks to CBB Reader Mary Beth.

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