Ethan Hawke Offers His Opinion on Soul Mates


After chatting about the topic of soul mates on the radio Tuesday morning, we thought who better to join the conversation than Ethan Hawke, who starred in and wrote the romantic trilogy Before Sunrise, Before Sunset, and Before Midnight.

The actor phoned in to On Air with Ryan Seacrest and revealed he’s on the fence when it comes to the belief of having one soul mate.

“I don’t know. People love this idea of … two halves of a greater whole and some part of us is empty without finding our soul mate. In general, I think that idea makes people unhappy,” Ethan explains.

“I know we love the idea that somebody is going to come save us but my theory is — I don’t know cause there is always someone that tells you they ran into someone at the Giants game and their whole life makes sense, it’s so hard to speak on this stuff — but in general, I think a lot of people feel really badly that they don’t have that when most of us don’t. Most of us aren’t completed by another person.”

The actor, who divorced from Uma Thurman in 2004 and married current wife Ryan in 2008, adds that it’s mainly about working on yourself first.

“If you take care of yourself, you’re more likely to find someone who might feel like your soul mate because you’re fine without them. You’re just better with them,” Ethan says.

But if you’ve felt in the past you’ve met your soul mate, only to then find another years later, there’s no judgment. “Sometimes the right partner at 24 is the right partner,” he says. “But it doesn’t necessarily mean they are the right partner forever.”

If you’re not already too confused, and you’re in need of some more relationship contemplation, pick up Before Midnight, available on DVD now.