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In the opening moments of the eagerly awaited third season of Stranger thingsLooks different. On the one hand, half of the scenes take place in the shiny new Starcourt Mall, where teenagers spend their discounts on 80s goods, movie tickets and ice cream cones. But the mall is not the only new thing in the city. Behind the counter at Scoops Ahoy is Hawkins newcomer Robin, the unaffected cool girl played by Maya Hawke. Your part in Stranger things For the aspiring 21-year-old actress, this is nothing short of a breakout role. But this is not a typical Hollywood starlet story that comes out of nowhere, because there is one less Details about Maya that distinguish her: she is the daughter of Uma Thurman and Ethan Hawke.
We may live in a time when famous parents bring you the world without you having to move a finger, but Hawke strives to make a name for herself as an actress. Since retire from Juilliard's acting program to dive headfirst into a full-time careerShe has tried all sorts of roles by size – all from historical pieces (her on-screen debut was in BBC's TV adaptation of Little woman) to Hollywood Blockbusters (catch her as a member of the Manson Crew in Once upon a time in Hollywood) on her latest project, Womankind, An indie horror movie this month. Hawke is hungry to try everything.
Talking to her, it's not hard to see how her parents and her remarkable careers impacted Hawke. As we settled in a quiet corner on the set of our Who What Wear shoot in Los Angeles, she focused on everything. She gave her answers seriously, but peppered the conversation with a touch of dry humor. After the shoot, she reappeared in a loose, plaid suit and retro sneakers, admitting that she is currently representing the aesthetics of an English teacher from the 1970s. (Trust me, it works for them.) If it's like being a "big classroom" on a Hollywood set, as she told me, then it would not be hard to say that her parents and peers are their teachers and theirs The school is officially in session.
What was it like to join the cast in Season Three? Stranger things?
It was awesome, but when I got there everyone was very nice and hospitable and made me feel at home. I expected it to be really scary, and I was scared, but everyone let go of my nerves immediately. They were so inclusive and cooperative.
Who did you feel closest to the cast?
Maybe Priah. I mean, the whole Scoop Troop were my homies. They were incredible. So talented, so funny to work. They were definitely my closest co-workers on the set. In fact, the Duffer Brothers are the people I met most personally during the shoot.
What was the most important thing you learned from working on the set? Stranger things?
I have never done anything. I think I've learned how to maneuver that kind of environment and how to keep yourself and run away from Russians. How do you stay in the character when attacked? It was an interesting learning experience, but it's also about hours on set to learn how to be a good movie actor. Learn from the costume, learn from the camera, learn and ask questions. You know, it's a big classroom if you let it.
What would you hope for Robin when the fourth season is confirmed?
I have every confidence in the Duffer Brothers, whatever they think is right. I hope she can explore the surroundings of the video library. I think this is a really rich environment and I hope that as a person she will continue to grow and develop.
Move on to your next movie, LadysworldWhat drew you to this script in the beginning?
It just sounded very interesting and different. [The director] Amanda Kramer sent the script, which was rich and complicated and had beautiful scenes and ensemble moments. One thing I love about acting is that I love ensemble acting. I love a scene with 10 people and we all move around the room. I think some of the richest dynamics come into play here.
She also wrote an amazing letter with the script about what she wanted to do with the film and what she thought it meant. It was really inspiring for me. In art, I want to help people who are really passionate and creative to realize their dream in every conceivable way. You know, I was offered to attend, and she had a clear passionate dream, and I wanted him to come true. If she wanted me there, I wanted to be there.
You've worked in a variety of projects, both on television and in film, in both the indie and blockbuster areas. Is there some kind of role that excites you the most, or are you testing everything?
I just want to work with people who love what they do. I would like to work on projects that are done for a reason and by people who are passionate about it, as this is the only way to do something good if everyone involved loves it.
Speaking of blockbuster roles, Once upon a time in Hollywood comes out this week – very exciting, How was it working with Quentin Tarantino?
I am a tiny moment in the movie. I'm in the blink of an eye. But I love Quentin and love to work with him, and his enthusiasm and sycophantic love for movies is absolutely contagious and just what I've been talking about, about people who love what they do. He loves what he does and he works with the best of the best and has an incredible crew who are the experts in what they do. It was so exciting to watch them at work and to watch him at work and be guided by him because you just feel his passion.
Your mother also has a long history of working with him. Was there any advice she shared with you before this project?
My mom gave me advice on how to set a good example on this set or any other set and showed me what it means to be a prolific employee on the set, a good worker, a friendly person, a good listener , I was allowed to watch her at work all my life, so it was not as if she had given me some advice. I was allowed to watch them all my life, so I had wonderful teachers.
What's your favorite movie from your mother?
My favorite movie of my mother has always been "The Producers" since I was a kid because it's so funny and funny and she sings and dances. This is definitely the film of her that I've seen most since then. I was a little kid and loved.
Is there an iconic look to your mother's style in one of her films that you would die for?
= I mean, there's an iconic look of her that I love and that I want to recreate someday, but she did not wear it in a movie. She wore it, I think, for the first time ever when she went to the Oscars. It was this beautiful, almost blue silk panty and her hair was high and she had red lipstick with that blue scarf, I do not know, I just thought it was the image of elegance
Are there any pieces that she has shared with you?
Oh my god, I'm such a thief. And both of us are total losers, as if we were losing everything and I stole everything from her, so I can not name a single piece. There's this, uh, I think I stole her, I do not think she gave it to me, there's this beautiful old embroidered silk jacket with flowers on it that I think she has had since she was really young I'm wearing now.
What is your favorite part of your mother's style?
It is the image of grace and elegance. I've always loved how my mother looked and dressed. I mean, she's my mother, I love her.
Are there certain trends that you both carry?
What are some of the current trends that you are currently attracted to?
I like things that are comfortable, and I like things that make me feel like myself. I literally can not tell you.
Is there a specific character that you played and that really embodies you?
It is too complacent to say so because she is one of the best literary women of all time, but the character I most enjoy playing and I would like to be the most is Jo March, in whom I have been involved Little woman for the BBC, that was my first job ever. That was the biggest fun I've ever had in a job and the character I wanted to play most of my life.
What do you love about your character? What do you look at her?
She is furiously intelligent and courageous, devoted to her family and ambitious at a time when women should not be ambitious and liberated at a time when women should not be liberated, and she is also a devoted friend, a devoted family member , and dedicated to herself and to have heard her voice. It has always been an inspiration to me.
What's next for Maya Hawke?
I just want to continue finding projects that are as exciting to me as they are to the people who lead them. And experiment with different genres and different things. It's so much fun doing science fiction. It's so much fun to do something. It's so much fun to make a cameo. It's so much fun being an executive. I mean, having diversity – if you wanted to do the same thing, you'd have to choose a different profession, and this profession is all about change and diversity and discovery, and I just hope you can keep that up.
Is there an actor whose career you really admire?
It is overwhelming. Is there an actor whose career I really admire? Of course there are tons. I mean, Vanessa Redgrave, Julianne Moore, Diane Keaton – my head would explode if I tried to name all the women and men who have inspired me over the years. There are young actors I have great reverence for. I'm only obsessed with Margot Robbie, owned by Saoirse Ronan. Your work is incredible.
Has there been a moment when you thought about it, "whoa, things are really happening"?
For the world that did not seem like that, because the production of Little woman I did not attract much attention or anything, but for me, I worked incredibly hard on this project and was really proud of it, and in that moment, I felt that something was really happening to me. I said, "Wow, I did something, I really got into it." And I am proud of it. And then I said, "Whoa, I work, I'm in the world, I'm an actor." Although the world has responded differently to different things I've done, that was the moment I felt that way was like being a working actress.
Let's go back to Stranger things because I know that the show follows this cult. How was your experience with it? Have you noticed the same kind of social media over night as some of the other performers when the show first appeared?
I am not particularly active in social media or in this world. I have an Instagram account, but I deleted the app when the show came out because I just did not want to … I do not know. I was nervous about how big the show is and I was worried that people would not like the character. I was just nervous, and so I decided to hide somehow and read no reviews and nothing to look at. I allowed the people I loved to tell me, who looked around to tell me the good stuff. I just retired and allowed the people I love to tell me the things I want here. It's too much to capture the opinion of everyone in the world.
Once upon a time in Hollywood and Ladyworld are now in cinemas.
Photographer: Heidi Tappis
Photo Assistant: Anastasiya Ostashevska
Stylist: Sissy Sainte-Marie
Styling Assistant: Becky Barnes
Barber: Rachel Lee
Makeup Artist: Dana Delaney
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