Uma Thurman And Ethan Hawke’s Daughter, Maya Hawke, Is Annoyed At Her Parents’ Generation For Screwing Shit Up For Gen Z 

April 22, 2020 / Posted by:

Maya Hawke is the 21-year-old Juilliard dropout daughter of Uma Thurman and Ethan Hawke who played Jo March in the BBC’s Little Women, is a regular on season 3 and 4 of Stranger Things, and also does music stuff. So thanks to the fact that she was made with famous jizz and a famous ovary egg, her career is moving on up, but as she rose to the stars, coronavirus came along and used its germy, sticky hands to push her back down.

Maya was filming season 4 of Stranger Things in Atlanta when the coronavirus lockdown happened and she holed herself up with her mom and her siblings in Uma’s country house in Woodstock, NY. Maya, who is giving me Eddie Redmayne in The Danish Girl cosplay in that pic, did a FaceTime interview with Nylon from her mom’s house and she lip-smacked in annoyance over how easy Gen X had it since they didn’t have to deal with wars and plagues like her generation has to deal with. Yes, this is the part in the day when Gen Z yells, “It’s fucking your fault!”, at Gen X as Gen X yells, “No, it’s fucking your fault!”, at the Boomers as the Boomers yell, “No, it’s fucking your fault for even starting this country!”, at the White Wigs Generation, and the Millenials shush everyone by screaming, “Shut up all of you! We’ve got bigger problems to deal with, like the sequin jumpsuit I wanted from ASOS just sold out in my size!

In her interview with Nylon, Maya serves up a mixture of Gen Z angst and a spoiled rich girl of privilege whining about not being privileged enough. But before we get into Maya shaking her head at her parents since she doesn’t get to snort all the drugs like they did and has to go to a SoulCycle class instead, she did admit that she has an acting career thanks to being the daughter of Poison Ivy from Batman & Robin (Uma’s greatest role) and the Gen X hot piece from Reality Bites (Ethan Hawke’s greatest role):

Throughout our conversation, Hawke is candid about the advantages she’s had in her career. “Oh, god, I’m well aware that every part I get is somehow influenced by the history of who I am as a person and where I come from,” she says. “I’m a not-that-famous, not-that-successful young actress, but if I get cast in something, it will get PR. From a producer’s point of view, that’s a huge advantage. Which gives me a massive leg up. It was a massive leg up in getting an agent and a manager. All these sorts of extra things that people don’t think about when they think of people getting roles. My upbringing plays a part in all those interactions, all those moments, all that reasoning.”

“I will get the opportunities I get,” she adds. “I will try as hard as I can to be brilliant in them. And if I suck enough, I’ll stop getting chances.”

At the end of her interview, Maya joked that she’s going to go for a walk later and “await death.” Maya brought that same 90s goth girl aroma (see, Maya, you are a Gen X-er at heart!) when answering a question about life in quarantine.

“I’m in mourning for my life,” Hawke tells me, quoting Chekhov. “That’s a joke. I’m fine. I’m very fortunate. But totally depressed and confused.”

“I’m going through the five stages of grief with it,” she says. “I was angry about it. I was in denial. And then I was bargaining: I’m going to fix it! And now I’m in resignation or whatever. I’m just sort of like, this is my new forever.”

And coronavirus isn’t Maya’s only worry. Maya is mad at Gen X for living the life and leaving behind a mess that her generation has to try to clean up:

“I was talking to my friend the other day about this and we’re just so annoyed at our parents’ generation. They had it so easy. They were all just high and driving around in cool, gas-guzzling cars. Destroying our environment and voting for the wrong people, and having no wars and no plagues and no pandemics. We’re in our 20s, we’re supposed to be having fun, and doing drugs, and partying. But instead… We’re going to SoulCycle and trying to outlive our planet. We have a horrible president, and it’s just really irritating. They really fucked us.”

Generational wars are a losing battle to all, but I will say that Maya is right about two things. It all makes sense now. We were so high from doing drugs and inhaling car gas in the 90s that we totally hallucinated crippling disasters like the Gulf War, the AIDS epidemic, and Ethan’s 1991 movie Mystery Date. And she’s also right that 20-somethings of today aren’t partying or doing drugs at all. They go to things like Coachella to write their thesis on the history of Native American headdresses while sipping organic herbal tea. That is why drug dealers need to stop bothering with those non-drugging youths! If they want to make real money, they need to hit up the Gen X-ers in the athleisure section of a T.J. Maxx.

Here’s more of Maya Hawke’s “Just Discovered Goodwill” shoot for Nylon:

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