TIFF 2019: Maya Hawke, Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman’s daughter, reveals her parents’ great advice

By Zach Harper, with files from Jen Kirsch

If you don’t know Maya Hawke’s name already, you will soon. The 21-year-old stars in Human Capital with Liev Schreiber, Alex Wolff, Peter Sarsgaard and Marisa Tomei, which had its world premiere at TIFF on Sept. 10.

She’s having a breakout year, having drawn rave reviews for her performance as Robin in the third season of Netflix’s Stranger Things and now her third film role is sure to get her even more attention.

Luckily, she’s got some good parents guiding her along the way and providing her with support in Uma Thurman and Ethan Hawke. With her career starting to take off, we were sure the former Hollywood power couple (who divorced in 2005) had given her plenty of advice – and we were right! Our parties correspondent Jen Kirsch was on hand for Maya’s appearance at Nespresso’s Coffee With Creators panel, which she attended with Human Capital co-stars Peter and Alex and asked her about what her parents have told her – and it’s great advice!

Maya wore a beautiful dress with butterfly and plant prints on the Human Capital red carpet on Sept. 10. Photo: © Rodin Eckenroth/WireImage

“[Don’t] make any choices that don’t bring you joy,” she told Jen. “Never do something because someone else tells you do or it’s a good move. Do things because there’s something about it that’s calling you to it and because it brings you joy. And if you keep doing that, then it’s pretty difficult to get too far off track to the core of who you are as a person.”

That’s incredibly wise! Maya sounds like she’s got a good idea of what she wants so early into her career.

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This week, Maya also told Deadline she took the role as Shannon in Human Capital because she could relate to it, having really struggled with “everything changing” in her life as a teenager. The film is about two families dealing with the aftermath of a business deal that goes incredibly wrong and a deadly car accident.

“The feeling of trying to remain focused and steady in your own skin while things are changing around you and fluctuating around you… I think that’s really relatable in your teenage years,” she said. “When your whole life is changing, your body is changing, your world is changing, your outlook is changing, your relationship to your parents is changing, and somehow, you have to stay in your own skin.

“That’s something that I really struggled with when I was growing up – which I’m still doing, growing up – and I wanted to give that experience to Shannon, whatever that is.”

Not only is Maya garnering very positive reviews for her acting, she’s also a working on an as-yet-untitled debut album and we can’t wait to hear it soon!

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