Sunday mornings and youngsters don’t, historically, combine nicely. However Maya Hawke isn’t – it rapidly transpires as she arrives at a sun-filled studio in north London for her first Vogue shoot – the form of 19-year-old to complain about an early begin or to take a seat lethargically within the nook, silently observing the world behind lowered, disdainful eyelids. She needs to speak: about literature! Studying! Music! Performing! She has the joy and boundless vitality of an individual who has left dwelling for the primary time and is getting her first style of actual independence, of duty.
We’re right here to talk about her first “correct” job: taking part in Jo March in a brand new BBC One adaptation of Little Girls – additionally starring Emily Watson as Marmee, and Angela Lansbury and Michael Gambon. As first jobs go, it’s not dangerous. Louisa Could Alcott’s famously headstrong, curious and artistic protagonist feels as if she may have been written for Hawke, had Little Girls not been printed 150 years in the past. It was additionally the primary e book Hawke learn cowl to cowl as a younger woman, an achievement made extra vital by her dyslexia. “Whenever you’re rising up with a studying incapacity, it shoots your confidence and perception in what you’ll be able to accomplish academically, it actually damages it,” she tells me over lunch. Then there’s the truth that, like Jo, she has three sisters (in addition to a brother) to whom she could be very shut. “I actually love my household,” she says. “The extra independence that I get and the extra freedom that I’ve, the extra I’m in being a devoted and concerned member of the family. My household is actually supportive. We combat and we discuss and we lie and we inform the reality – not normally in that order – and I actually get pleasure from rising with them and fostering that dynamic.”
It barely must be acknowledged that her mother and father are Uma Thurman and Ethan Hawke: these swimming-pool eyes, that caramel complexion and her coltish limbs are proof sufficient of her heritage. When Hawke speaks, her mom seems in flashes. It should, I feel, be impossibly irritating to be 19 and to be endlessly instructed that you just appear to be your mum, but once I level out to Hawke that, like hers, certainly one of Thurman’s first modelling jobs was for this very journal, she is simply happy. “I’m not focused on hiding from the truth that my mother and father are actors,” she says. “I’m pleased with them! It’s very extraordinary to pursue a profession that your mother and father do, however when it’s within the public eye it turns into an advanced factor. I’m not in denial about the truth that if it weren’t for them I wouldn’t be right here in the present day. I’ve thought lots about methods to take care of that, and a method was to not take any alternative until I used to be completely constructive that I’d earned each scrap of it.”
Certainly, her resolution to take the position of Jo March was not a simple one, relying because it did on her quitting her place at Juilliard, the place she was meant to be learning for the following three years. “I actually struggled with that as a result of I consider in schooling, that you just’re investing in your 40-year-old self, within the longevity of your profession,” she says. She is “not focused on being a socialite”, and was stunned when paparazzi pictures of her filming Little Girls in Eire surfaced in the summertime. Though there was the odd red-carpet look, her mother and father, who separated in 2003 when she was 5 (they divorced in 2005), “actually protected the sanctity of my childhood, actually allowed me to be weak and unseen, and I’m very grateful for that.”
Subsequent up is a theatre position again in her dwelling metropolis of New York – “a dream come true” – however it’s an costly place, so it’s to her mother and father’ homes that she’ll be returning. “I’ve been going backwards and forwards so lengthy that I don’t actually know every other approach to reside.” Does she watch their motion pictures? “Not religiously. I am going to see the brand new ones. The outdated ones I don’t at all times hunt down as a result of who do you watch that with – your mates? With them? Alone? I can by no means work out the precise state of affairs to do this.”
Strictly talking, this isn’t Hawke’s first time in entrance of the digicam. She has appeared in campaigns for All Saints and Calvin Klein, and whereas she admits to “stealing from my mother’s closet”, it’s her Little Girls co-star Angela Lansbury who’s her model icon. “She is 92 years outdated and stuffed with vitality, and she or he is gorgeous,” Hawke says, her eyes glowing. “Her face continues to be her face. She attire superior, and she or he has been working as an actress endlessly – ever since she was doing vaudeville along with her mum.” One thing tells me Hawke’s life and profession may not look dissimilar.
Little Girls begins 8pm Boxing Day