V's Class of 2018: Maya Hawke

V's Class of 2018: Maya Hawke

Maya Hawke is breaking out on her own terms, with some major parents behind her.

Maya Hawke is breaking out on her own terms, with some major parents behind her.

Text: Staff

As the daughter of actors Uma Thurman and Ethan Hawke, Maya has got the talent in her genes — and she's ready to go at it on her own. The budding star is breaking out after landing the role of Jo Marsh on the British TV show Little Women, making her an easy pick for our Class of 2018. Maya was presented with Uniqlo as one of the first Class inductees at our bash to celebrate the Class and the Uniqlo U Spring/Summer 2018 collection. Below, Maya answers our questions about success, creativity, and her goals for the future.

What's your vision for the industry you work in for 2018?

My vision for my industry is... I hope that the people who have the most love for something get the best opportunities to act on that love.

What's the best advice you've ever received and why? 

The best advice I’ve ever received is to, at least try to, believe that you are enough, not necessarily because it’s true but because every time I’ve tried to be more than myself, I smother anything about me that’s actually worthwhile.

What social/political issues or causes resonate with you most, and why? 

Though I do believe that when you live in political times it is inevitable that your art be political, I also think we need to start making activists celebrities rather than trying to make celebrities to be activists. I don’t want to be a politician. I want to be an actor. I want to tell stories that are true and that resonate and move people, that highlight both the tremendous beauty and ugliness available in the human experience. That said, the cause I am most active and informed about is the preservation of our environment.

What has been the biggest challenge you’ve faced so far? How did you overcome it?

Answering that question without glorifying or minimizing your life experience is almost impossible, but my greatest love is storytelling and poetry, so I would have to say my greatest challenge has been overcoming my dyslexia in order to be able to access those things at the level that I aspire to. I’ll keep you posted if/when I overcome it.

How do you define success for yourself? Is it different than happiness?

I think success is when the way you talk about who you want to be and what you want to do lines up with who you are and what you do. I guess by that, I mean I think success is practicing what you preach.

When and where do you feel most creative?

I definitely feel most creative in collaboration. Reminding myself that listening is just as important a creative act as thinking is key for me.

Who is your dream collaborator, in any field (music, art, fashion, etc.) and what kind of project would you love to do with this person? 

After seeing Call Me by Your Name, and listening to Carrie and Lowell I guess I would have to say my dream collaborator is Sufjan Stevens. I’d love to write a musical with him.

What is the most enjoyable part of your job(s)?

I guess I have to say the best part of my job is getting to do it with people who are better at it than I am. And that’s pretty much always the case, so I’m pretty lucky.

Maya Hawke wears Uniqlo U.
Credits: Photo by Tyrell Hampton. Casting by Harbinger Creative.

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