Maya Hawke Shines with New Album and Acting Career

By Kelsie Hoffman

May 31, 2024 / 12:03 PM EDT / CBS News

Maya Hawke, best known for her role in “Stranger Things,” is making waves with her new music and acting career. The daughter of actors Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman, Maya Hawke recently released her third album, titled “Chaos Angel.”

Before pursuing acting, Hawke had a passion for writing songs from a young age. She revealed that music was a tool for her to communicate, especially given her struggles with a learning disability. This early love for music eventually led her to Juilliard, where she attended for a year before leaving to take on the role of Jo March in the BBC production of “Little Women.”

Hawke’s experience at Juilliard was both challenging and rewarding. She expressed the pressures of the industry to conform to certain standards and expectations, which she found to be a stark contrast to the true essence of acting. Despite these challenges, Hawke’s talent shone through, and she later collaborated with her father on the movie “Wildcat,” based on a monologue she performed during her Juilliard audition.

Working with her father, Ethan Hawke, was a fulfilling experience for Maya, who grew up in an artistic family. She described their collaboration as a natural extension of the artistic conversations they have been having for years. As she continues to navigate her acting career, Maya Hawke is also gearing up to tour her latest album, emphasizing the importance of music in her life.

Reflecting on her creative pursuits, Hawke shared that all forms of creativity stem from the same source for her. Whether through acting or music, capturing a feeling and expressing it authentically brings her immense satisfaction. As Maya Hawke continues to evolve in both her music and acting endeavors, she remains a multifaceted talent to watch in the entertainment industry.