Stranger Things has been received with great success since the premiere of the first season on July 15, 2016. The science-fiction horror series has played different characters in its episodes and has constantly added new cast members. Despite the great popularity and the large cast, Maya Hawke was able to make her own character shine when she was cast in the third season of the series. She plays Robin, who works with Steve in a nautical ice cream shop in the Starcourt Mall.
Robin first appeared in the 80’s season three teasers, which was released in July 2018. She appeared in the following trailers, where fans saw more of the character in action. Maya reported that she also had some contributions to Robin’s character sheet. As Netflix described Robin, “she seeks excitement in her life and gets more than she expects when she uncovers a dark secret in Hawkins, IN.
An Overview of Maya Hawke’s Background
Maya Hawke was born on 8 July 1998 in New York City, New York. She was named Maya Ray Thurman Hawke by her parents, the actor Ethan Hawke and the actress Uma Thurman Hawke. Maya has a brother who was born in 2002.
After they met in 1997, Thurman and Ethan Hawke exchanged their marriage vows in May 1998. The couple finally divorced in 2005 when rumors of Ethan’s infidelity began to circulate. Ethan would marry the family’s former nanny, Ryan Shawhughes.
The actress has three half-siblings; two half-sisters born in 2008 and 2011 from her father’s marriage to his second wife, and one-half sister from her mother’s relationship with her ex-fiancé, a Franco-British financier named Arpad Busson. Maya Hawke is married to the famous American playwright Tennessee Williams and the Buddhist scholar Robert A. F. Thurman.
Educational Qualifications and How She Started Acting
When she was growing up, Maya Hawke had dyslexia, which exposed her to a difficult time at school. She, therefore, had to change schools frequently before she ended up at Saint Ann’s School, a private school in Brooklyn, New York. The school waives grades and focuses on artistic creativity. The environment of the new school repeatedly urged Maya Hawke to take up acting.
To improve her skills and learn more, Hawke enrolled in summer courses at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London. She also attended the Stella Adler Studio of Acting in New York. Maya also trained at the Juilliard School for a year before being forced to drop out of school after the cast of the historic BBC drama Little Women in 2017.
Career Breakthrough and Other Acting Projects
In addition to Stranger Things and Little Women, Maya Hawke has also appeared in films such as Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Ladyworld and Human Capital. Her big breakthrough came of course with her role as Robin in the third season of Netflix’s science fiction horror series Stranger Things, which was released in 2019. In the same year, she received the Saturn Award for best-supporting actress in streaming presentation for this role.
Maya Hawke, Joe Keery and Gaten Matarazzo in “Stranger Things
In the adaptation of The Little Mermaid planned by Universal Picture, director Sofia Coppola Maya Hawke wanted the role. But the producers wanted Chloë Grace Moretz instead. This and other problems led to Coppola dropping out of the project.
In the meantime Maya, Andrea Riseborough, and Charlie Plummer have been cast in Please Baby Please, a historical drama directed by Amanda Kramer. Production is scheduled to start in February 2020.
Maya Hawke Is also a Model and Musician
Hawke is an all-rounder. She is not only an actress but also a model and an aspiring musician. She follows the same path as her mother and grandmother, Maya modeled for Vogue when she started her modeling career. She has also modeled for Calvin Klein’s underwear line and was the face of the 2016/2017 collection of the British fashion retailer AllSaints.
As for her music career, Maya performed the song Total Eclipse of the Heart in the 7th episode of the third season of Stranger Things. In August 2019 she released two singles entitled To Love a Boy and Stay Open before her upcoming album. Hawke wrote and recorded the tracks with Grammy-award winning singer-songwriter Jesse Harris.
Who Is The Actress Dating?
Images shared on Instagram seem to indicate that Maya Hawke is dating Gus Wenner, son of Rolling Stone founder Jann Wenner. Although neither of them has spoken about an incipient relationship, the two have posted pictures on their respective Instagram accounts that show them very comfortably together.