Ewan McGregor

Religion, politics, and ideas ofEwan McGregor

Not Religious

Criticizes Boris Johnson

Anti Brexit

Supports Scottish Independence

Religion

Not Religious

12 Jul 2017

In an interview with The Daily Beast about his role in "Last Days in the Desert", Ewan McGregor said

I’m not a religious person. I’m married to a Jewish woman, so my children are Jewish and my involvement in religion has more to do with the Jewish faith now and not the Christian faith, which I was very vaguely brought up in.

Not Religious

17 May 2009

In an interview with Daily Record about his role in the movie "Angels and Demons", Ewan McGregor said

I'm not often in church because I'm not a religious person but I like the ceremony of it. I find it quite relaxing music. But I've never hooked into a religion. I wasn't brought up with one, so it's not something I followed.

Not Religious

1 May 2009

In an interview with BeliefNet about his role in the movie "Angels and Demons", Ewan McGregor said

I’m not a religious person myself, but I respect completely people’s religious beliefs. I can understand and appreciate that it is important to them. I wouldn’t want to be involved in a film that I thought challenged them for no reason at all. [...] I don’t follow a religion, and I don’t have a belief in a Christian God. It wasn’t something that I realized [working on the film], it was something I knew. It doesn’t mean that I am a spiritual-less person. I’m not. But I’ve often thought that talking about beliefs in that respect are private.
Political Affiliation

Criticizes Boris Johnson

Anti Brexit

30 Jun 2016

In a tweet, Ewan McGregor said

@BorisJohnson You spineless cunt. You lead this ludicrous campaign to leave EU. Win, then fuck off to let someone else clean up your mess.
Scottish Independence

Supports Scottish Independence

Anti Brexit

12 Sep 2020

In an interview with The Scotsman about Brexit, Ewan McGregor said

Then after the Brexit vote I think for sure I’ve changed my tune about it. I think Scotland has been voting for a government that they haven’t been given for years. We’re a very left voting country Scotland and we’ve been under conservative rule for years. I thought that’s it you know. The Scottish people want to stay in the European Union and the English don’t. So I just think, I think probably it’s time. I think probably it’s time.
Summary

McGregor is non-religious, perhaps agnostic or atheist.

McGregor is non-political, though he is, by his own admission, anything but conservative.

Editorial

Ewan McGregor was born in Perth, Scotland and grew up in Crieff, Scotland.

McGregor isn't a religious man. And he's had to address this with the press, having played a fundamentalist Catholic in the film, Angels & Demons. He said:

I don't follow a religion, and I don't have a belief in a Christian God. It wasn't something that I realized, it was something I knew. It doesn't mean that I am a spiritual-less person. I'm not. But I've often thought that talking about beliefs in that respect are private.[1]

The film was considered, by many Catholics, to be anti-Catholic. McGregor denied it, however, and added that he felt it necessary to be respectful of religious beliefs. If he felt a film would be disrespectful, he simply wouldn't do it.[2]

But he has specifically stated that he is not Catholic,[3] so if we had to pin a religious heritage on him, (keeping in mind there is no evidence for this assumption) it pretty much only leaves the Church of Scotland–an Anglican faith–connected to where he was born and raised.

If he does have any beliefs, they seem to be more oriented toward agnosticism or atheism. He said about death and dying:

I was with a friend of mine recently who was dying and while he was lying there with his family around his bed, I just knew that was it, that was the best you can hope for in life – to have your family and the people who love you around you at the end.[4]

Politics of apathy

McGregor isn't just non-religious, he's explicitly non-political. Well, that might not be right. He seems more cynical than anything:

I'm not that into politics, and I'm not that interested in politicians. In fact, I'm completely uninterested in politicians. I can't read a newspaper article about politics, I just can't find myself interested in it. Because I don't really believe in them very much. In Britain anyway, they seem to prove over and over that they're people who are not particularly trustworthy… I just find them to be – fairly despicable people.[5]

However, he jokingly considers himself to be a champion of women's rights. Referring to his penchant for appearing nude in his films, McGregor commented that he's making up for years of female exploitation in the film industry.[6]

Furthermore, he doesn't mind being the object of homosexual desire,[7] indicating he's likely not the conservative type–something he's fessed-up to:

Conservative's the last thing I am.[8]

So, liberal then?

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