Maya Hawke was sporting a classic Taylor Swift t-shirt when she known as me on Zoom from her momentary residence in Atlanta, Georgia, the place she’s been filming season 4 of Stranger Issues since September. “I’ve had this haircut for a lonnng time,” she stated, scrunching her uneven chin-length hair. It’s simply one among a number of main adjustments the hit Netflix collection has introduced on for Hawke—the opposite being how she’s joined her A-list mother and father, Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman, on the trail to fame. (Particularly after final season’s massive reveal: Her character, Robin, is homosexual.)
However that’s not how the 22-year-old views it. “I imply, Stranger Issues is successful, but it surely’s successful manner outdoors of me,” she insisted. “I obtained fortunate sufficient to get boarded on a prepare that was already going to hit land.”
Hawke broke out in 2017 together with her portrayal of Jo March within the BBC’s adaptation of the Little Ladies collection, adopted up by a job as a flower baby in 2019’s As soon as Upon a Time… In Hollywood. Her newest, Gia Copolla’s Mainstream, marks Hawke’s first lead position, in addition to most fulfilling inventive relationship, but. (Second solely to her father and “instructor,” four-time Oscar nominee Ethan Hawke, who performed her father within the miniseries The Good Lord Chook final yr.) She repeatedly heaped reward on fellow scion Coppola, who made her directorial debut with Palo Alto (with James Franco) in 2013, adopted by The Secret Lifetime of the Lonely Doll (with Jessica Lange and Naomi Watts) in 2016.
Coppola approached Hawke about her third full-length movie in 2016, earlier than Hawke had ever even appeared on-screen. (Although she at all times knew she needed to hitch her mother and father within the business; her father and her different A-list guardian, Golden Globe winner Uma Thurman, usually took her alongside to set.) 5 years later, Coppola and Hawke sealed the deal. Mainstream, which premiered on the Venice Movie Pageant in September of 2020 and premieres on IFC Movies on Friday—stars Hawke as Frankie, a Manic Pixie Dream Woman, who’s much more outgoing—and technology-obsessed—than Hawke is IRL. Her life adjustments after an encounter with Andrew Garfield, who performs Hyperlink, an ebullient, self-obsessed ball of vitality who’s decided to make Frankie’s desires of YouTube stardom a actuality.
Armed with the moniker No One Particular, Hyperlink evolves to an much more repulsive model of Jake Paul (whose brother Logan, additionally a YouTube star, briefly cameos). His antics are dangerous—even deadly—at worst, and extremely obnoxious at finest. Ultimately, they change into an excessive amount of for the principled Jake (Palo Alto’s Nat Wolff), who works alongside her at a lounge bar that forces them to embarrassingly carry out onstage, and is the mastermind behind Hyperlink’s success. With out Jake, Hyperlink and Frankie by no means would have been capable of rack up greater than 1,500 YouTube hits.
All of it seems like an allegory for YouTube, or the leisure business total. However Hawke insists Mainstream is one thing else altogether: “an allegory for self-editing your self into somebody others would love extra, as a substitute of simply letting your self be your self,” and the pursuit of recognition, superstar, and easily cash that comes after a breakthrough hit. It’s not shocking that Hawke takes such an strategy: Irrespective of how a lot Hawke strikes out on her personal, her mother and father will at all times be Uma Thurman and Ethan Hawke.
In actual life, the 22-year-old solely goes on YouTube to lookup, say, clips of Jimmy Fallon and previous movies of Joni Mitchell. That was true even when she was making ready for the position. Hawke prefers emoticons to emojis—which at instances pepper scenes in Mainstream—and the one app on her telephone is Instagram. She largely promotes her movies and music, alongside the occasional selfie together with her mother and father, and claims to consider deleting it every single day. In any other case, Hawke’s media consumption is proscribed to podcasts, standup clips, and ambient TV like Group, Gray’s Anatomy, and Schitt’s Creek. Hawke doesn’t subscribe to the idea of unplugging: “I imply, I’m not a technological machine,” she stated earnestly. “So I don’t require a charger to be plugged in.”
Subsequent up is a job reverse Camila Mendes in Jennifer Kaytin Robinson’s Strangers, however manufacturing is one thing of a methods away: Hawke first has to complete up her stint as a teenaged ice cream store worker in Stranger Issues. (Whereas her newest roles have concerned service jobs, Hawke has solely ever labored one, although she’s unsure if it counts—Hawke lived the dream of working and staying on the storied bookstore Shakespeare & Co. in Paris.)
This season, Hawke’s youthful brother, Levon Thurman-Hawke, joins her on Stranger Issues. (His character stays a thriller.) She has but to collaborate together with her mother, however predicts she’ll accomplish that ultimately: “Whether or not a good friend or a guardian, when you may have that sort of intimacy with somebody, turning to another person looks like dishonest.”
Hawke appeared stunned after I requested concerning the first time she felt well-known. “I nonetheless don’t really feel well-known,” she stated. “I believe the good thing about rising up with well-known mother and father is that the barometer of fame is basically excessive.” She admires them, and takes after how they don’t acknowledge fame; to the Hawkes, it’s not about character and recognition. It’s concerning the craft. Funnily sufficient, although, Ethan was really the one who obtained his daughter into Instagram. “He was like, it is this cool picture enhancing software program with all these filters.”
However on the price issues are going, it gained’t be too lengthy earlier than Hawke finds out what fame is basically like. She will get acknowledged “shockingly occasionally, largely by followers who’re teenaged women. As for the paparazzi who’ve adopted Hawke’s complete household her complete life, she’s surprisingly impartial. “It’s the job, you already know?,” she stated after a pause. “It’s not superior. Like, it doesn’t really feel good getting mauled on the Stranger Issues premiere or no matter, however that’s not what most of life is like. It’s like that for 5 minutes. And I really like my work—I really feel actually fortunate that I get to do it the best way that I get to do it. So if folks wish to take photos of me on the seaside due to that, I’ll take it. In case you’re going to complain about it an excessive amount of, there are quite a lot of different jobs you are able to do.”