Maya Hawke: ‘My parents didn’t want to have me do bit-parts in their movies’

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New York-born Maya Hawke, 23, began her vocation successful modelling earlier making her surface debut arsenic Jo March successful the BBC’s 2017 adaptation of Little Women. She was Linda “Flowerchild” Kasabian successful Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time successful Hollywood and plays Robin successful Netflix deed Stranger Things. Hawke present stars successful Mainstream, directed and written by Gia Coppola. She lives successful New York and is the girl of actors Uma Thurman and Ethan Hawke.

Your caller movie Mainstream is simply a satire connected viral fame. Are radical excessively reliant connected their mobile phones nowadays?
I’m definite they are, but it would beryllium hypocritical of maine to beryllium judgmental due to the fact that I emotion my phone. I emotion that I tin spell for a walk, enactment connected headphones, perceive to Phoebe Bridgers, consciousness melancholy and cry. I emotion that I tin instrumentality a bath, play an audiobook and larn astir neuroscience portion I lavation my hair. For idiosyncratic who travels each the clip and hates being alone, that connectivity is awesome. I usage my telephone each the clip but I’m definite it’s rotting my encephalon and separating maine from existent connections. For my procreation it’s hard to cognize beingness without it and what we’re missing retired on.

How was moving with your co-star Andrew Garfield?
The champion happening astir moving with a large histrion is erstwhile you hide you’re acting and abruptly you’re conscionable successful the infinitesimal together. It’s similar looking into the eyes of a chaotic carnal and responding.

In the movie helium wears an bonzer pair of underpants with a strap-on, truthful it looks similar he’s bare …
Those pants are rather a thing, man. He went each out. Balls to the wall, arsenic they say. Literally.

Did your parents o.k. of your acting vocation astatine first?
They were wary of the nationalist beingness broadside of acting and the difficulties of that. They besides tried to support maine from falling into acting. They wanted to guarantee I had a beardown capable backbone, my ain passionateness for it and enactment ethic. They didn’t privation to cart maine on each reddish carpet oregon person maine bash bit-parts successful their movies. Once I was aged enough, and it was wide they were my choices, they were precise supportive.

What are your favourites of your parents’ films?
It’s funny, I haven’t seen them all. Sometimes you don’t truly privation to ticker your ma getting changeable oregon your dada spell done achy emotions, adjacent though you cognize it’s pretend. So mostly I lone ticker the blessed ones. One of my favourite movies of my mom’s is The Producers [Susan Stroman’s 2005 remake of Mel Brooks’s musical], wherever she’s dancing astir being fabulous. That’s overmuch much amusive to spot than John Travolta jamming a needle into her heart.

Little Women was your debut role. What did co-stars Emily Watson and Angela Lansbury thatch you?
It was truthful enlightening to ticker them some work. Emily Watson was unbelievably kind. She played Marmee and genuinely was a maternal fig connected that set. I retrieve erstwhile 1 country wasn’t working, she conscionable held each our hands, looked down astatine the crushed and fto retired this beauteous sing-scream. It changed the vigor successful the room, which was a chill trick. Angela Lansbury mightiness person been successful her 90s but she was truthful speedy with language, it was jaw-dropping. Little Women was a life-changingly affirmative experience. I made 4 lasting friendships and learned truthful much.

Hawke with Joe Keery and Gaten Matarazzo successful  bid    3  of Stranger Things.
Hawke with Joe Keery and Gaten Matarazzo successful bid 3 of Stranger Things. Photograph: Netflix/Courtesy of Netflix

Your Stranger Things character, Robin Buckley, came retired arsenic a lesbian successful play three. Did that get a bully effect from viewers?
Recently idiosyncratic told maine they watched that play with their daughter. During that occurrence they some started crying, past the girl came retired to the mother. I recognition the Duffer brothers [Stranger Things creators] for penning specified a large character.

How has being dyslexic affected your career? Does it marque it harder to work scripts oregon larn lines?
Learning lines is good but it makes it hard to look astatine a heap of scripts with excitement. If I ever scope a definite level of success, I’ll prosecute idiosyncratic to work maine scripts retired loud.

Who would you hire?
I precocious wrote a instrumentality missive to Thandiwe Newton due to the fact that I listened to her audiobook of Jane Eyre and it’s 1 of the top performances I’ve ever heard. Thandiwe Newton volition ne'er work my scripts to me, of course, but I emotion her voice.

You were successful Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. Would you similar a bigger portion successful 1 of his films some day? There’s speech of you inheriting your mother’s relation of the Bride successful Kill Bill Vol 3
There are ever rumours astir that. Quentin is connected his ain darn schedule. He’ll bash what helium wants erstwhile helium damn good wants. But I’ve known him my full beingness and if helium ever wanted to enactment with maine again, of people I would emotion to.

Hawke performing astatine  Joe’s Pub, New York, successful  March 2020.
Hawke performing astatine Joe’s Pub, New York, successful March 2020. Photograph: Noam Galai/Getty Images

You’re a instrumentalist too. Would you similar to bash much euphony and little acting, oregon is the equilibrium right?
I deliberation it’s astir right. When I made my archetypal grounds I felt precise dilettante-ish astir it – like, this is simply a large mode to explicit myself and enactment with friends. During the pandemic, erstwhile abruptly we couldn’t enactment immoderate more, I started focusing connected euphony and my narration to it deepened. I made thing I’m truly arrogant of and americium excited to stock it soon.

Who are your philharmonic influences?
I’m a immense instrumentality of Patti Smith, Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen. My 4 favourite albums of the past twelvemonth person been Fetch the Bolt Cutters by Fiona Apple, Punisher by Phoebe Bridgers, Folklore by Taylor Swift and Songs by Adrianne Lenker. She’s incredible.

What projects are successful the pipeline?
I’m presently successful Spain shooting [Wes Anderson’s adjacent film] Asteroid City, which is precise exciting. I’m the biggest instrumentality of his enactment truthful it’s a imagination travel true.

Is it existent you’re a distant relative of Tennessee Williams?
My dada says so. I don’t truly judge it. But I’d emotion to bash a Tennessee Williams play immoderate day. I haven’t done immoderate theatre since schoolhouse and it’s apical of my list. Please archer the West End to person maine and I’ll come.

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