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Ewan McGregor reveals daughter Esther auditioned on her own for role in his Obi-Wan Kenobi series

Ewan McGregor revealed that his daughter Esther was single-handedly auditioning for her role in his Obi-Wan Kenobi series, while promoting on a talk show this Wednesday.

The 51-year-old Scottish actor, while promoting the Disney+ series on The Late Late Show With James Corden, said he wasn’t pulling the strings as the star and executive producer of the series for his actress daughter Esther, 20.

“I’m sure everyone thinks she got the job because of me, but she doesn’t,” Ewan said. “She auditioned for the part.”

Family Affair: Ewan McGregor revealed that his daughter Esther was only auditioning for her role in his Obi-Wan Kenobi series, while promoting on a talk show this Wednesday

Family Affair: Ewan McGregor revealed that his daughter Esther was only auditioning for her role in his Obi-Wan Kenobi series, while promoting on a talk show this Wednesday

Ewan said it was the Disney+ series director who came to tell him about Esther and not the other way around.

“Deb, the brilliant director said to me, ‘I found this wonderful girl, but she turns out to be your daughter. Are you happy with that?” said Ewan. “I said that would be great.”

“She was just brilliant,” Ewan said. “You don’t really know with your kids until that point when I acted with her and it felt very normal and natural.”

Esther in Obi-Wan Kenobi plays Tetha Grig, a spice merchant who has a brief encounter with the Jedi master on the streets of Daiyu.

Spice Merchant: Esther in Obi-Wan Kenobi plays Tetha Grig, a spice merchant who has a brief encounter with the Jedi Master on the streets of Daiyu

Spice Merchant: Esther in Obi-Wan Kenobi plays Tetha Grig, a spice merchant who has a brief encounter with the Jedi Master on the streets of Daiyu

Ewan said his 26-year-old daughter Clara was also an actor and they made a movie together.

“Clara, she got together with a great writer, Ruby, and wrote a kind of movie about me and her and our experience over the past five years and Clara’s experience with addiction,” Ewan said. She wrote this film in which we both play father-daughter.’

“It was the most extraordinary situation to be in,” Ewan said. “It was very personal and beautiful.”

Actress daughters: Ewan will be shown on Instagram in 2020 together with his actress daughters Clara and Esther

Actress daughters: Ewan will be shown on Instagram in 2020 together with his actress daughters Clara and Esther

“It was the most extraordinary situation to be in,” Ewan said. “It was very personal and beautiful.”

James asked Ewan if it was true that both his parents were teachers, but he dropped out of school when he was 16.

“I went to the school my father taught,” Ewan said. “I really hated it.”

Dropped out: James Corden asked Ewan if it was true that both his parents were teachers, but he dropped out of school when he was 16

Dropped out: James Corden asked Ewan if it was true that both his parents were teachers, but he dropped out of school when he was 16

Ewan said he was not allowed to do both music and art at school.

“Those were the only two things I was interested in,” Ewan said. “I got tired of it, I kept getting sent to the deputy director, this nice guy Charlie Thompson, and it almost became a weekly occurrence. I would go to his office and he would say ‘what have you done now’ and we would have a cup of tea. I think he was really looking forward to it to be honest.”

Ewan said his parents dropped him when he was barely 16.

Hated it: Ewan told me he wasn't allowed to do both music and art at school

Hated it: Ewan told me he wasn’t allowed to do both music and art at school

“They said we talked about it and if you want to get out of school, you have to get out of school,” Ewan said. ‘I was out. I never went back.”

“It was incredibly brave to do,” Ewan said.

James pointed out that Ewan’s uncle Denis Lawson was in the first three Star Wars movies and played a rebel fighter. James said that must have had a huge impact on him.

Left early:

Left early: “They said we talked about it and if you want to get out of school, you have to get out of school,” Ewan said. ‘I was out. I never went back’

“He did it,” Ewan said. ‘I come from a small town called Crieff in Scotland. It’s a beautiful place, but it’s not the breeding ground for acting talent.’

“He made it possible for me, but I wonder if I would still have wanted to do it if he hadn’t been an actor,” Ewan said. ‘I hope so.’

Ewan also said while filming the series for Disney+ that he developed a close bond with a camel named Silus.

Close bond: Ewan also said while filming the series for Disney+ that he developed a close bond with a camel named Silus

Close bond: Ewan also said while filming the series for Disney+ that he developed a close bond with a camel named Silus

“In the original movies, I literally wrote a gym horse painted blue,” Ewan said.

“This time I had a real camel named Silus and a trainer named Titus. He was a nice man and he always called me a cowboy, which I really liked. As Scots, we’re not often called cowboys,’ he said with a chuckle.

Ewan said he was considering adopting the camel, who was retiring, but had a small child and thought he had enough on his plate at the time.

Gym horse:

Gym horse: “In the original movies, I literally wrote a gym horse that was painted blue,” said Ewan

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