published : 2023-09-06

Ethan Hawke Opens Up About Directing Daughter Maya's Intimate Scenes in New Film

Hawke and Uma Thurman's daughter stars in the upcoming movie 'Wildcat'

Ethan Hawke directing Maya Hawke on the set of 'Wildcat', taken with a Nikon D850

Ethan Hawke, renowned actor and director, faced a unique challenge in his latest professional endeavor.

He had to direct his eldest daughter, Maya Hawke, in intimate scenes for their upcoming film 'Wildcat.'

However, their close bond and professionalism made the experience comfortable for both of them.

In an interview with Variety, Hawke expressed his complete lack of concern, stating, 'We were so comfortable with it. I couldn’t care less.'

Maya Hawke, who plays the role of late novelist Flannery O’Connor in the biographical movie, also portrayed several of O'Connor's characters from her short stories, which included intimate scenes.

Maya Hawke portraying Flannery O'Connor's character in an intimate scene, captured with a Canon EOS R

Despite the potentially sensitive nature of these scenes, both Maya and Ethan ensured the presence of an intimacy coordinator on set, ensuring the actors' safety and comfort.

The father-daughter duo emphasized that there was no awkwardness on set for them despite the unique circumstances.

'Before we started... everyone was asking me, ‘Are you nervous to work with your dad?’ I hadn’t thought to be,' Maya explained.

'Making art together' has always been their 'safe place,' added Ethan.

As they embark on this joint professional venture, both Maya and Ethan acknowledged the skepticism that might arise due to their familial relationship.

Ethan and Maya Hawke sharing a genuine moment of collaboration on the film set, photographed with a Sony A7 III

Maya, aware of being perceived as a 'nepo-baby' in the industry, expressed her understanding of differing opinions.

Ethan noted, 'If someone wants to criticize us for working together, that’s totally fair. You have to let people have their opinion.'

Ultimately, they both value their creative partnership and focus on delivering their best work in the movie.

Through their remarkable bond and shared passion for their craft, Maya and Ethan aim to create something impactful and thought-provoking in 'Wildcat.'