Ethan Hawke Recalled Directing His Daughter Maya In Sex Scenes For Their New Movie And Joked That They Were “So Comfortable” With It

“If someone wants to criticize us for working together, that’s totally fair… You have to let people have their opinion.”

Maya and Ethan Hawke are opening up about the experiences that come with being one of the best known father-daughter duos in Hollywood.

Closeup of Ethan, who's wearing a shirt that says "Strike" with his arm around Maya

Ethan and his 25-year-old daughter Maya — whom he shares with his ex, Uma Thurman — are currently promoting their new movie, Wildcat.

Closeup of Maya Hawke and Uma Thurman sitting at an event

The indie film is a 1950s period piece directed by Ethan, which stars Maya as the late American novelist Flannery O’Connor as she struggles to get her first novel published.

Closeup of Maya Hawke posing for photographers on the red carpet

In spite of the fact that the concept for the film was her idea, Maya recently admitted that she was a little nervous about collaborating with her dad on the project in light of the ongoing debate about nepotism in show business.

Closeup of Maya and Ethan hugging

“I had moments of insecurity about it while we were shooting the movie,” Maya confessed in a joint interview with her dad for Variety. “But the internet doesn’t have a lot of nuances.”

Closeup of Maya sitting for an interview

Praising Ethan, she added: “My dad has been a massive teacher for me, and we want to work together. We like being with each other.”

Closeup of Maya and Ethan

In turn, Ethan came to his daughter’s defense, quipping that he’s a “nepo dad” due to the fact that it was Maya who initially had the idea for the movie.

Closeup of Ethan in a pinstripe suit

“If someone wants to criticize us for working together, that’s totally fair,” he said. “You have to let people have their opinion. You just have to try to do a good job when you’re onstage.”

Reflecting on shooting the movie together, Maya said the process wasn’t the “cute father-daughter thing” that people might imagine, saying instead that the “production’s demands were high.”

Closeup of Ethan and Maya

On top of this, she joked that she made a short-lived attempt to start calling her dad by his first name on set to seem more “professional” to others around them.

“And then I realized it was actually more distracting to people,” she recalled. “They’d be like, ‘Why are you doing that?’ So I mostly called him ‘Dad.’”

The cast and crew of "Wildcat"

In the movie — which premieres at this year’s Toronto Film Festival — Maya takes on a number of smaller roles as characters in O’Connor’s short stories. And while playing two of those characters, Maya has to engage in sex scenes.

Of course, the only issue with that was that the scenes were directed by her dad — which, as you can imagine, may have been a little uncomfortable for both parties.

Closeup of Ethan and Maya Hawke

However, this wasn’t the case for Maya and Ethan, who recalled that it was weirder for their colleagues than it was for them.

Closeup of Maya and Ethan

“We needed to take care of Rafael and Cooper,” Ethan said, referring to Maya’s costars Rafael Casal and Cooper Hoffman. “I think it was weird for them. We were so comfortable with it. I couldn’t care less.”

Closeup of Ethan

Maya joked in return that they made sure to have an intimacy coordinator on set for her costars “so that they felt safe and comfortable,” and “not like they were being spied on” by “some creepy dad,” as Ethan put it.

Closeup of Maya and Ethan

You can read Ethan and Maya’s full Variety interview here.

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