INTERVIEW – It’s fitting that Maya Hawke’s first acting gig was the role of Jo March in the 2017 BBC adaption of Little Women. Like Jo, she’s bold, ambitious, and never at a lack for words, even as she insists that inside, she has “this little, tiny, weak, vulnerable lizard that I protect with my little lion’s shell.” It’s that side of her that the 22-year-old Stranger Things actor—and daughter of ’90s Hollywood heartthrobs Uma Thurman and Ethan Hawke—had a chance to flex in her latest film, Mainstream, directed by Gia Coppola, another talent with cinema in her DNA. Alongside young actors (Andrew Garfield, Alexa Demie, Nat Wolff, Charles Melton) and YouTubers (Jake Paul, Juanpa Zurita) alike, Hawke shines in a social media satire that paints a dark portrait of the internet’s cult of personality. Below, she chats with Margaret Qualley, her friend and Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood co-star, about working with women, taking up space, and modeling as a “bundle of limbs.” —SARAH NECHAMKIN
Maya is the cover star of C California Style (Summer 2021)! Maya is joined by director Gia Coppola and they discuss their new film, Mainstream. Check out the photoshoot and article below.
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SOURCE: C MAGAZINE – Having collaborated on a new film about the perils of YouTube-style stardom, the pair discuss awkward childhoods, mindless algorithms and the misrepresentation of millennials
Our selves and our followings, intimacy and fame, addiction and ego: all the cravings and perils of our digital age are placed center screen in Mainstream, Gia Coppola’s pop-art retelling of Elia Kazan’s 1957 A Face in the Crowd for the YouTube and influencer generation. In the lead sneakers is Andrew Garfield in an unhinged, Jim Carrey-topping turn as Link, an increasingly maniacal YouTube satirist, in a virtual world that merges with a neon-lit Los Angeles — a place where cravings are supercharged into obsessions. But the city is brewing a new infatuation with Garfield’s co-star: husky-voiced 22-year-old Maya Hawke, who plays Frankie, an introspective bartender and frustrated video artist. Her languid blue eyes alone express Frankie’s volcanic longing for self-expression and the magical sensations, at least, of love.
The Stranger Things actor has officially snatched the elusive “breakout star” label—but what does that really mean?
GLAMOUR – To quote Jane Austen, it is a truth universally acknowledged that a TV series in possession of 40 million viewers and a 93% score on Rotten Tomatoes must be in want of a Breakout Star. And for Stranger Things‘ season three, that chosen one is Maya Hawke. As Robin, the witty Scoops Ahoy coworker of Steve (Joe Keery) and the first openly queer character of the series, Hawke stands out—not an easy feat in a cast that includes David Harbour (who plays Jim Hopper), Winona Ryder (Joyce Byers), and Millie Bobby Brown (Eleven).
Another truth: The internet couldn’t have picked a better queen. Hawke, the 21-year-old daughter of Uma Thurman and Ethan Hawke, has the kind of coolness only someone who grew up in Manhattan with celebrity parents could embody. While that might manifest as intimidating or cold in others, Hawke is surprisingly approachable and energetic. And for her, being labeled the latest It girl or a breakout star is not an achievement worth putting stock into—which, of course, only makes her cooler.
“I really haven’t been paying attention to the headlines,” she tells me on the set of her Glamour shoot. “I was so scared of the fact that Stranger Things has such a wide audience that I’ve tried to duck out of paying attention to people’s reactions. The chance of people hating me in that show was just as high as people liking me in it, so I just thought I didn’t need to receive the ego boost or the ego destruction.”
Hawke, the 20-year-old daughter of Uma Thurman and Ethan Hawke, joins season three of “Stranger Things,” marking the start of her stand-alone moment in Hollywood.
WWD – Maya Hawke was partially trying to save on Ubers, and mostly calm her nerves, so she was walking around Los Angeles — miles and miles of walking. It was Oscar week, 2018, the city was abuzz, and she had just left a “funny little house” for her final audition for the new season of “Stranger Things,” the Netflix phenomenon from the Duffer brothers.
W MAGAZINE – Maya Hawke likes to joke that she applied to Julliard “just to avoid having to do well on the SATs.” But the reality is that she’s been acting for as long as she can remember—“I did every school play,” she says—and she’s never really been able to imagine herself doing anything else.
“I’ve been getting up on stage and saying beautiful words and trying to make people laugh since I was really little and nothing makes me feel better in my own skin,” says the lanky, still slightly coltish 20-year-old, who ended up dropping out of drama school after just a year, when her role as Jo March in the 2017 PBS miniseries Little Women conflicted with her class schedule. “For me, acting has always felt like something you just do—the idea that anyone didn’t perform in plays was bizarre to me.”
ELLE – “In a lot of ways, I have been preparing for this character my entire life,” says Maya Hawke, who plays the tenacious, theatrical Jo March in the PBS miniseries adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s beloved 1868 classic, Little Women (which will air May 13). Indeed, the 19-year-old actress seems as earnest and impassioned over vegan matcha lattes in a Brooklyn coffee shop as her Jo does, say, when rejecting a dear friend’s romantic advances onscreen.
Hawke’s preparations began when Hawke was diagnosed with dyslexia as a child; Little Women was one of the first books she read by herself. “Jo was a big inspiration to me,” she says, “as far as having the drive and the passion to pursue my love for reading and writing, even when it was challenging.” Hawke, who grew up in New York, ended up attending Saint Ann’s, an arts-oriented private school in Brooklyn, where she explored and nurtured her love of literature and theater.