The latest season of Netflix Original “Stranger Things” has just released season 3, and everyone is talking about series star Maya Hawke. Hawke plays Robin, a Hawkins teen who works for ice cream parlor Scoops Ahoy. Critics are already raving about her breakout performance in the role, but who is Maya Hawke really? For an in-depth look into this rising star, check out 13 these interesting facts about Maya Hawke.
Both of her parents are successful actors.
She is the daughter of Uma Thurman and Ethan Hawke, both Hollywood vets starring in classics like “Pulp Fiction” and “Training Day,” respectively.
Maya’s parents split when she was 5 years old.
Maya’s parents met in 1998 on the set of Gattaca, and were together until she was 5.
Hawke started out as a model.
Before trying her hand at acting, Hawke modeled for top fashion brands, like Calvin Klein, Vogue and All Saints. She was also present at the Met Gala in 2018.
Modeling runs in her family.
Her mother Uma Thurman and grandmother have posed for Vogue, just like Maya, at the beginning of their rise to fame. Both her grandmothers have modeled, with one having posed for the famous Swedish statue Famntaget.
She’s had one on-screen role before Stranger Things
Prior to playing Robin on Stranger Things, Hawke starred in the 2017 BBC miniseries adaptation of Little Women, playing the role of Jo March.
Maya has lived in China.
When her mother Uma Thurman was filming Kill Bill, 4-year-old Maya lived in China for filming and remembers watching her mom during action scenes on set.
She’s slated to star in a Quentin Tarantino film.
Maya’s next acting gig is a big one. Maya will play Flower Child in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon A Time in Hollywood, alongside heavy hitters Brad Pitt, Leo DiCaprio and Margot Robbie.
Maya never watched Stranger Things
Before she landed the role of Robin, Maya wasn’t a Stranger Things fan, and in fact, had never seen an episode.
Robin’s character was adjusted to fit Maya.
Because Maya wasn’t a fan prior to joining the cast, The Duffer brothers (creators of Stranger Things) adapted the role of Maya to more closely reflect Maya’s naturally energetic and joyful personality.
Maya’s zodiac sign is Cancer.
Maya was born on July 21, 2019. She will turn 21 years old this year.
Maya is also a musician.
In her free time, Hawke also likes to sing and write music. She recently said she thinks music is a great way to present poetry to the world through song lyrics. Maya has performed recently at the Rockwood Music Hall in New York.
Her dad is her mentor.
Maya says that she was initially hesitant to take up acting, but eventually decided to join the family business. Since, she says father Ethan Hawke has become something of a mentor to her, and has been supporting of her growth every step of the way.
Maya doesn’t care about the limelight.
Since she has been around the industry practically since birth, by way of her superstar parents, Maya doesn’t get too worked up over the fame surrounding Hollywood.