Maya Hawke on debut album, famous parents and dealing with online trolls at 14

In mid-March, just four days before New York went into COVID-19 lockdown, the actress/singer performed an intimate concert at the city’s famed Joe’s Pub. Her father, actor Ethan Hawke, was in full embarrassing dad mode, clapping and proudly calling her name from a table mid-venue. Afterward, she went to a […]

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Ethan Hawke, was in full embarrassing dad mode, clapping and proudly calling her name from a table mid-venue. Afterward, she went to a bar in Greenwich Village where she shamelessly played early 2000s pop on a jukebox, much to her musician pals’ chagrin. ” data-reactid=”7″>In mid-March, just four days before New York went into COVID-19 lockdown, the actress/singer performed an intimate concert at the city’s famed Joe’s Pub. Her father, actor Ethan Hawke, was in full embarrassing dad mode, clapping and proudly calling her name from a table mid-venue. Afterward, she went to a bar in Greenwich Village where she shamelessly played early 2000s pop on a jukebox, much to her musician pals’ chagrin. 

Uma Thurman. (Her mom and dad divorced in 2005 after seven years of marriage, but she is close with both.) ” data-reactid=”8″>”That was my last night out,” Hawke laments on a recent Zoom call from the Hamptons, where she’s quarantining with her other famous parent, actress Uma Thurman. (Her mom and dad divorced in 2005 after seven years of marriage, but she is close with both.) 

“I’ve probably played 10 shows ever in my whole life, and that was the first show where I really felt like a musician,” she says. “I just felt incredibly in sync with my band, and in control of the way I sang and talked to people. I’m normally in such a state of utter panic, I have no idea what I’m doing.” 

On Friday, Hawke will release her debut album, “Blush,” a 12-song collection of playful, evocative letters to her friends, family and lovers. Co-written and produced by Jesse Harris (Lana Del Rey, Norah Jones), the intimately personal music is reminiscent of Hawke’s songwriting heroes: Joni Mitchell, Fiona Apple and Taylor Swift, among them.

But unlike Swift’s “Folklore,” “Blush” was written “in probably the least-quarantine three years of my life,” Hawke says. “It’s definitely about seeing people and touching people and having experiences.” 

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Hawke, 22, who appeared in last year’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” and “Stranger Things” Season 3, talks to USA TODAY about music, celebrity and more. 

Maya Hawke, 22, is a singer and actress who has appeared in Netflix’s “Stranger Things,” PBS’ “Little Women” and Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.”

Another (challenge) is the way it affects your relationships, even if it’s just like, “I don’t want to go to the beach with you, Maya, because when you go to the beach, you get paparazzied.” So it complicates things a bit. But I’m by no means that famous – I can put on my mask and my sunglasses and I’m usually fine. So I don’t know. The criticism and the reviews are hard, and if you read internet comments you’re a moron, because people are so mean.  

Uma Thurman, left, and daughter Maya Hawke at a Paris Fashion Week event last year.

I remember when I was 14, I went to an event with my mom and there were pictures. I decided to read the comments and they were like, “Oh, too bad she doesn’t look like her mom. God, they’ve got all that money and they’re not going to fix her teeth? She needs a nose job.” And I was 14! I hadn’t gone through puberty. It was going to get better, but I didn’t know that at the time. 

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