Ewan McGregor says he moved from London to LA to avoid people asking for 'soulless' selfies

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - JUNE 21:  Ewan McGregor takes a selfie with a fan before the UK Premiere of 'Last Days in the Desert' during the Edinburgh International Film Festival 2015 at Lyceum Theatre on June 21, 2015 in Edinburgh, Scotland.  (Photo by Roberto Ricciuti/Getty Images)
Ewan McGregor says his move from London to LA was partly down to the fact that he couldn't walk around the city without someone asking him for a selfie. (Photo by Roberto Ricciuti/Getty Images)

Ewan McGregor says he moved away from the UK to the US because he’d grown so tired of people asking him to take “soulless” selfies with him.

During an appearance on the Sunday Sitdown podcast, the Scottish star recalled how it got so difficult for him to travel around London without fans shoving cameras in his face at one point, he made a habit of “walking very fast” and keeping his “head down” whenever he’d venture outside alone.

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“I don’t want to have to not walk down the street,” the 48-year-old explained. “There are some places where it is easier to do than others. It got harder for me in London, and I don’t live in London any more... maybe as a result.”

The Star Wars actor was quick to note that he’s “always happy” for people to approach him out in public, if they want to discuss his work that is. But he finds the impersonal nature of spending just one second with someone, just so they can take a photo and post it on social media, rather meaningless.

HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 23:  Ewan McGregor and Margot Robbie attend A Night of Music and Mayhem in "Harleywood," hosted by the cast of "Bird Of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation Of One Harley Quinn)"  held at Hollywood and Highland on January 23, 2020 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
McGregor can currently be seen opposite Margot Robbie in 'Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey' (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)

“You stand and you take the photograph and they’re happy and off they go. It’s a soulless thing. There’s no exchange of anything,” McGregor said. “Before it used to be, ‘Oh I saw you in that movie’. Even if people didn’t like something, especially in Scotland, I’d get, ‘That movie you were in was s***, by the way’.

“At least there was some sort of exchange,” he laughed. “But that’s turned into just the selfie now.”

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McGregor can currently be seen on the big screen in comic book movie Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey opposite Rosie Perez, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, real-life girlfriend Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Chris Messina and Margot Robbie.

In the film, he stars as Roman Sionis, a suavely-dressed bar owner-turned-mobster who goes after Robbie’s titular anti-hero when he learns she’s no longer dating the Joker and therefore, has no one to protect her.