A heart-to-heart father-daughter, or, in this case, Hawke to Hawke, she helped Ethan Hawke as he worked on his latest project.
In a recent interview with CNN’s “New Day,” Hawke told Brianna Keilar and John Berman that his daughter Maya, an actress on Netflix’s “Stranger Things,” provided him with inspiration when he needed it most amid production of ” The Last Movie Stars,” which tells the love story and careers of actors Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman.
“This was my pandemic project. I was stuck on my own trying to make sense of this great life,” he explained. “I was trying to make sense of it so that everyone closest to me, my children, my wife, would never hear me shut up about it. And then I realized while zooming in with my daughter that… in every relationship there is not one person and one person. There is this shared space that is the two people together.”
That conversation and epiphany helped guide Hawke’s scope for the six-part documentary, which was produced by CNN Films and now airs on HBO Max (which, like CNN, is owned by Warner Bros. Discovery).
It was directed by Hawke and features narration by George Clooney, Laura Linney and others.
The 51-year-old is no stranger to getting behind the camera, having directed “Blaze” in 2018, but has been open about the possibility of ending his acting days, stating In an interview that he felt he was entering his “last act” in the movies.
“Well don’t worry, it’s going to be a long act,” he said, clarifying his comments. “I highly recommend that you take your coffee. I do not go anywhere.”