Maya Hawke’s Dad Knew the ‘Stranger Things’ Star Would Achieve This When She Was Little

Stranger Things fans discovered Maya Hawke last summer in the Netflix series’ third season. Hawke played Robin Buckley, the Scoops Ahoy scooper who worked with Steve Harrington (Joe Keerey) and went along on the adventure. The daughter of Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman, Maya Hawke also appeared in Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood last summer.

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Ethan Hawke was on a Television Critics Association panel for his upcoming Showtime series The Good Lord Bird in which he plays John Brown. After the panel he spoke with reporters further and spoke proudly of his daughter. We’ll have more on The Good Lord Bird when it premieres on Showtime but here’s what Maya Hawke’s father had to say about her.

Maya Hawke’s success is no surprise to Ethan

When Maya Hawke was born in 1998, Ethan Hawke had just starred in Gattaca and Great Expectations. As his career continued with Training Day, he saw his young daughter develop artistic tendencies. Stranger Things was inevitable.

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“It’s one of the great honors of my life,” Hawke said. “It’s shocking. I knew when she was a kid, all parents feel this way but I felt that she was an artist really young and she’s a substantive human being.”

How Maya Hawke pushes Ethan Hawke to be better

Maya Hawke would have grown up seeing her parents act. Now they’re all colleagues. Ethan Hawke says he’s the better for it.

“It keeps my life interesting and exciting to try to be the person that she wants me to be,” Hawke said. “Kids think so highly of their parents that sometimes they think more highly of us than we think of ourselves. I didn’t realize that part of the value in mentoring people is that they teach you. I learned a lot from my kids.”

Ethan Hawke says his daughter’s generation is making Hollywood better

Ethan Hawke has called Hollywood a boy’s club. He came up in the ‘80s and ‘90s in films like Dead Poets Society, White Fang and The Newton Boys. Even in ensemble films like Reality Bites and Alive, he saw behind the scenes was still a boy’s club. He thinks it still is, but it’s getting better for Maya Hawke and her Stranger Things costars.

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“It’s undoubtedly better than 1989 when Dead Poets Society came out,” Hawke said. “It’s unquestionably a better one. It’s still a boy’s club as reflected through the quality of pay and the people who are actually in charge. There’s a lot of work to be done but she’s in a place and her generation is poised to make a great push forward. There’s a lot more awareness. Nobody was asking that question in 1991.”

Ethan Hawke hasn’t changed

Fans who grew up watching Reality Bites and Dead Poets Society as teens probably can’t believe Ethan Hawke is almost 50. At 49 and the father of a working actor like Maya Hawke, Ethan feels he hasn’t changed.

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“The big surprise to me about getting older is how much I still feel that person,” Hawke said. “I just feel like exactly that same person and the years have gone by so much faster. You’d think when you’re 21 that being 50 would be such a lifetime away. It’s happened so fast and the heart inside me feels exactly the same. It’s only in young people’s eyes do I see how old I am. Inside it feels the same.”