The daughter of Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman is an inventive original with a heart of gold. As she gears up to release her debut album of melancholic indie tunes, NME meets the in-demand actress to talk 'Stranger Things', her love of Leonard Cohen and working with Quentin Tarantino. Maya Hawke is a ball of energy. Her words ooze passion, curiosity and depth, tumbling from her mouth at a pace that dares you to try and keep up. Credit: Noam Galai. Am I not? Is my grandma gonna die?
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The story was still being written when she auditioned, but she liked that Robin seemed independent, strong-willed and above all else, funny. Some reviewers immediately hailed her as the breakout star of the new season following its premiere earlier this month. In addition to critical praise for her portrayal of cool, smart Robin, she received many appreciative tweets for playing a queer character on screen, while a BuzzFeed story pointed out how closely she resembles both of her famous parents, Uma Thurman and Ethan Hawke. Her own fanbase has appeared virtually overnight—from five hundred thousand Instagram followers ahead of the July 4th premiere of Stranger Things to, currently, over two million. The two have a bantering, sometimes acrimonious relationship at first. For much of the season, it seemed like Steve had finally found a romantic interest in Robin, who could both handily make fun of him and translate Russian communications with impressive speed. But when he tries to tell her as much, she surprises him by coming out. Her slight flower-child persona is in evidence at work, too; she walked into the premiere of Once Upon a Time Last year, Thurman accused Tarantino of pressuring her into driving an unsafe car, in place of her stunt double, while filming the latter, which resulted in multiple injuries and permanent neck pain.
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She is the daughter of actress Uma Thurman and actor Ethan Hawke. On her father's side, Hawke is a great-great-grandniece of playwright Tennessee Williams. Hawke has dyslexia , which resulted in her changing schools frequently during her primary education before she was finally enrolled at Saint Ann's School , a private school in Brooklyn , New York that emphasizes artistic creativity and does not grade work. The artistic environment eventually led her to acting. Like both her mother and grandmother, Hawke modelled for Vogue at the beginning of her career. This and other conflicts ultimately led to Coppola leaving the project. Hawke, as Robin, spent most of her scenes with Joe Keery 's character of Steve Harrington as co-workers at a local ice-cream parlor before stumbling onto a larger mystery, creating a popular and critically favored pair of characters for the season. Hawke wrote, "I feel like this is not a time for self-promotion.
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