Maya Hawke Talks Acting and Her Mom, Uma Thurman

Moving onto your upcoming movie, Ladyworld, what drew you to that script initially?

It just sounded really interesting and different. [The director] Amanda Kramer sent the script, which was rich and complicated and had beautiful scenes and ensemble moments. One thing as an actor I love is I love ensemble acting. I love a scene that has like 10 people in it, and we’re all moving through the space. I think that’s where some of the richest dynamics come into play.

She also wrote an amazing letter with the script about what she wanted to do with the movie and what she thought it meant. It was really inspiring to me. In the arts, I want to help people who are really passionate and creative actualize their dream in any way I can. So, you know, I was offered to be in that, and she had a clear passionate dream, and I wanted to make it come true. If she wanted me there, I wanted to be there.

You’ve been in a variety of projects, both TV and film, both indie and more blockbuster. Is there a type of role that excites you most, or are you kind of testing it all out?

I just want to work with people who love what they do. I want to work on projects that are being made for a reason and being made by people who are passionate about them because that’s the only way to make anything good, is if everyone involved with it loves it.

Speaking of blockbuster roles, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood comes out this week—very exciting. What was it like working with Quentin Tarantino?

I’m a tiny moment in the movie. I’m a blink. But I love Quentin and love working with him and his enthusiasm and sycophantic love of movies is totally infectious and exactly what I was talking about, about people who love what they’re making. He loves what he’s making, and he works with the best of the best and has an unbelievable crew that are the experts in what they’re doing. So getting to watch them work and getting to watch him work and being directed by him was so exciting because you just feel his passion.

Your mother also has a long history of working with him as well. Were there any words of advice that she passed down to you before that project?

My mom has been giving me advice on how to act on that set or any set through a process of leading by example and showing me what it means to be a productive collaborator on set, a good worker, kind person, a good listener. I’ve gotten to watch her work my whole life so, you know, it wasn’t like she gave me a couple coins of advice. I got to watch her my whole life, and so I have had wonderful teachers.