Despite the fact that I used to stalk the streets of downtown Manhattan searching for Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman when I was a teen, I wasn’t aware of their daughter Maya Hawke’s career until her turn as Robin in Stranger Things. To be fair, there isn’t much before Stranger Things. Did anyone else know that she and Kathryn Newton were in a short-lived Little Women series that has three episodes on Amazon Prime?
I was scrolling social media the other day, as you do, and stumbled across an article about Hawke’s latest music video. Music video? Latest? Maya makes music? Yes! Maya Hawke has been creating music since 2019. Her latest song, “ThérÃ¨se,” comes with a very sexy, very NSFW video. So NSFW that it is age-restricted on YouTube.
Maya is the ultimate Nepotism Baby, so it’s easy to write off this foray into the music world as a vanity project. But I dig it. I spent a lot of time in the mid-’90s listening to alternative girl-bands who sounded a lot like this. Off the bat, it reminds me of Liquorice, which featured Jenny Toomey on vocals, and a bit like Tanya Donnelly of Throwing Muses and Belly fame. It’s not as heroin-chic as Mazzy Star, but Maya’s vocals have a similarly delicate quality.
Her description of the song sounds exactly like a song written by Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman’s daughter would:
“ThérÃ¨se,” “is about the secret spaces we build where we are free to be ourselves, in a world that is always intentionally or systematically misunderstanding us.”
It’s all a bit twee, comfortably fitting into the niche of other female celebrities who’ve tried to have music careers, like ScarJo and Zooey Deschanel. But it’s not unpleasant. I could spend a good hour in a coffee shop, sipping a latte from a comically oversized coffee mug, casually chatting with friends or breezing through an art magazine, while listening to this music. Never mind that I never actually did any of those things in the ’90s. That is, for sure, the vibe her music is throwing.
And here’s Ethan on The View being a supportive Girl Dad, talking about the song, the video, and how proud he is of Maya.