ROLLING STONE – The actress-singer talks about leveling up and proving herself as the child of celebrities
IF YOU WANT Stranger Things spoilers, don’t ask Maya Hawke. “I’m of no use there,” the 24-year-old confidently says on Zoom, from a house her mom, Uma Thurman, rented in Sag Harbor, New York. “My character doesn’t have a ton of spoil-y story points. I’m comic relief.” Hawke — whose father is Ethan Hawke — plays Robin Buckley, the charming, closeted band geek who fends off monsters with her sidekick Steve Harrington (Joe Keery). But when she’s not saving the town of Hawkins, Hawke is also a musician with a lush new folk album, Moss, out Sept. 23. “All I really want out of a record is permission to make another one,” she says. “I just want people to like it enough.”
You’re releasing this album on the heels of the latest season of Stranger Things. Do you usually work at this quick pace?
You’re talking to someone who was just like [whiny voice], “I need a vacation!” But I have a super-overactive brain. I have an anxious desire to prove myself that will never go away, so I always want to be working harder and doing more than my perceived opponent that doesn’t exist.
Does that desire to prove yourself come from the fact that you’re the daughter of two celebrities?
Maybe that’s part of it. I have no idea who I would be if I was somebody else. I feel like the only way to handle the nepotism thing — which definitely gives you massive advantages in this life — is, you will get chances for free, but the chances will not be infinite; so you have to keep working and do a good job. If you do a bad job, the chances will stop. That’s my ethos.
DAZED – Following on from her stellar role as Robin in Stranger Things, Maya Hawke has shared the short video for her single “Thérèse” ahead of the release of her upcoming album Moss later this year.
NME – Flying high with the ‘Stranger Things’ star and indie-folk troubadour
“I don’t understand how kids watch Stranger Things,” says Maya Hawke, eyes widening at the thought of young minds deciphering the sci-fi hit’s wacky universe. She’s not shocked because of the increasingly dark turns the show is taking, but because of the complex storylines that weave throughout the series. “It’s so confusing!”
Hawke has been a part of TV’s biggest franchise since season three when she joined the cast as rambling ice cream waitress – and fledgling sidekick to Steve Harrington – Robin Buckley. In just two seasons, she’s seen some of the series’ most iconic moments – from the apocalyptic Battle Of Starcourt Mall, or the fight against creepy, vengeful villain Vecna in this month’s season four finale.
“Everything goes so bad,” she sighs, remembering the grim way the show left things. “It’s so sad about Max [spoiler: Sadie Sink’s plucky highschooler is now in a coma]. It’s devastating and awesome but also like… ‘what?!’”
Maya is the cover star of Cultured magazine’s summer Performance Review issue! For the article, Maya chatted with Stranger Things co-star Sadie Sink.
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CULTURED – While we were all anxiously awaiting the release of the fourth season of Netflix’s bingeable classic Stranger Things during its pandemic-length hiatus, recent Julliard School dropout Maya Hawke—who also happens to be one of the show’s most beloved leading women, not to mention Uma Thurman and Ethan Hawke’s daughter—got up to something a little different: she recorded her second album, out this September, with 13 new tracks that take equal inspiration from the poetry of John Donne, an ancient Egyptian sculpture of a blue hippopotamus in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the “ridiculousness of male actors” everywhere. Here, she catches up with fellow costar Sadie Sink, to discuss her irreverent character’s emotional arc, her own creative process, defensive mechanisms, and portraying multi-dimensional women on screen.
Cultured Magazine: How are you both feeling about the release of Stranger Things?
Maya Hawke: What I’m most excited for the audience to see is Sadie’s performance. It’s what this show has been missing, in my opinion, it’s the emotional core. To see the trauma and the events that have happened to all of these kids through all these seasons, really start to register with them emotionally. Sadie does such a beautiful job of being the heart of the show and taking all those feelings in.
Sadie Sink: They’re good writers.
MH: We’re lucky.
SS: Very, very lucky. I’m excited for Joe Quinn.
MH: Me too. The cast members are piling on but when you watch it, each person makes sense. You were exactly what the show needed in season three and continue to be the breath of fresh air.
SS: Big casts can get a bad rap for too many storylines but life has a lot of storylines. It has that realistic feeling of new people being introduced. Your world gets bigger as you get older, and it’s aging with its kids that way.