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Ewan McGregor: I've more freedom in LA than London

Ewan McGregor: I've more freedom in LA than London (Image credit: PA Wire/Press Association Images)

Ewan McGregor (opens in new tab) has confessed he didn't enjoy living in London because he didn't feel free in the city. The Scottish actor - star of Moulin Rouge, Trainspotting and the Star Wars movies - says he's now happy to visit the English capital after moving to the uninhibiting city of Los Angeles with his French wife, Eve Mavrakis, and their two daughters, Clara Mathilde and Esther Rose. Ewan said: "I have a lot more freedom in LA than when I was in London - people leave me alone and I don't get mobbed when I step outside the door. "It was harder when I lived in London. I don't think it's a depressing city, but I felt that liberty was being eaten away - you can't go out without being on security cameras. I have a different relationship with the place now. I don't live there so I enjoy going back." The 39-year-old actor also admitted he hated the idea that people were only nice to him because he was famous. Ewan revealed: "A friend recently said, 'Everyone's nice to you because you're famous', and that worried me. It made me feel my experience of life isn't valid because of my job. I hate the idea that people treat me differently. I can't stand it."

Patrick McLennan is a London-based journalist and documentary maker who has worked as a writer, sub-editor, digital editor and TV producer in the UK and New Zealand. His CV includes spells as a news producer at the BBC and TVNZ, as well as web editor for Time Inc UK. He has produced TV news and entertainment features on personalities as diverse as Nick Cave, Tom Hardy, Clive James, Jodie Marsh and Kevin Bacon and he co-produced and directed The Ponds, which has screened in UK cinemas, BBC Four and is currently available on Netflix. 


An entertainment writer with a diverse taste in TV and film, he lists Seinfeld, The Sopranos, The Chase, The Thick of It and Detectorists among his favourite shows, but steers well clear of most sci-fi.