After much anticipated 2 & a half years, Season 4 of Stranger Things is in action again. A meet-up for fans to see their favs on the screen again- and without a doubt, American actress Maya Hawke hits the priority list. The New York native entered the Netflix show in Season 3 as the main cast Robin Buckley.
The third season of Stranger Things premiered on July 4, 2019, while its fourth season saw a halt due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With Season 4 set for a two-volume release, its first one (7 eps) was released on May 27, 2022, while the second volume releases this July 1, 2022.
Maya went to book fandom on her own- thanks to her versatile career (model, actress & singer). But also, she got wide attention as the child of celebrity parents: Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman. Here are some interesting facts about Ms. Hawke.
Maya Hawke Is Currently In Her 20s- Eldest Of Two
Hawke was born on July 8, 1998, in New York City, New York, the USA. As of 2022, the Little Woman actress is 24 years old. She has a height of 5 feet 8.5 inches (174 cm). Her full name is Maya Ray Thurman-Hawke.
Maya is the eldest of two actor parents, Uma Thurman and Ethan Hawke; she has a younger brother named Levon Thurman-Hawke (b. January 15, 2002).
From her father’s second marriage to Ryan Hawke (her former nanny), she has two younger half-sisters: Clementine Jane Hawke (b. 2008) and Indiana Hawke (b. 2011). Also, the star kid has another half-sister named Rosalind (aka Luna) from her mother’s side- with ex-fiance Arpad Busson.
Parents Divorced When Hawke Was 7- Family Background
Maya Hawke’s parents: Ethan and Uma married on May 1, 1998- only 2 months before she was born. Reportedly, the two met in 1996 on the set of Gattaca (released in 1997). However, after 5 years of marriage, they separated in 2003.
As reported, Mr. Hawke and Mrs. Thurman finalized their divorce on July 20, 2004; at that time, Maya was 7 years old, while her younger brother Levon was only 2.
As for her family background, Maya’s paternal grandparents were James Hawke, an insurance actuary, and Leslie Hawkwe a charity worker. On the maternal side, her grandparents: Robert Thurman is an Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies professor, while Nena von Schlebrügge worked as a high-fashion model.
She Has Dyslexia (A Reading Disorder)
Reportedly, Maya suffers from Dyslexia- which is a reading disorder in which an individual has difficulty in reading or writing, or both. As a result, she changed many schools during her early days before joining the creative arts school Saint Ann’s School.
It was the core reason that ultimately set her into an acting career- let’s say follow the professional path of her parents. Even more, Hawke enrolled at Juilliard School to pursue BFA but dropped out later- she had bagged a role as Joe March in Little Women (2017).
Acting Debut From ‘Little Women’
Maya was 19 years old when she made her on-screen debut in 2017; the actress portrayed Jo March in the TV mini-series Little Women. As the truth remains, there is no shortcut to success-Hawke told that she auditioned for the role.
Later, the American actress worked in Quentin Tarantino’s film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019) featuring Hollywood A-listers: Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, and Margot Robbie. Other film works on Maya are Mainstream (2020), Italian Studies (2021), and Fear Street Part One: 1994 (2021).
Hawke Went Through Audition For ‘Stranger Things’
The third season of Stranger Things introduced a new character Robin Buckley in the series. It was played by Maya Hawke, who reportedly auditioned for the role- slashing off the stereotype claims of using her established parent’s influence to get it.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly in 2019, Maya Hawke stated that she was a fan of Stranger Things. And when the new season of the series was being written, she flew to Los Angeles to audition for the role. The rest is history!
Since Season 3, Hawke portrays one of the main casts Robin, joining the likes of Winona Ryder, Millie Bobby Brown, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard, Caleb McLaughlin, Gaten Matarazzo, Charlie Heaton, Natalia Dyer, and Priah Ferguson.
Stranger Things Fact of the Day:
Maya Hawke as Robin has a hefty 243 lines in season three. This gave Maya more lines than Natalia Dyer, Charlie Heaton, Noah Schnapp, Caleb McLaughlin, and Sadie Sink all had individually in Stranger Things 3. #strangerthings pic.twitter.com/Mi2q3xwPR3
— Stranger Things 4 News (@Strange14115856) January 8, 2022
She is the show’s first queer character who works at an ice cream parlor with Steve Harrington (actor Joe Keery). Aside from being sarcastic, the character Robin is a genius with fluency in Russian, English, Spanish, French and Italian. She even decodes Russian radio messages.
The new casts in Season 4 were Joseph Quinn, Jamie Campbell Bower, and Eduardo Franco.
Note: As per show creators, Matt and Ross Duffer, the Netflix series ‘Stranger Things’ will end with Season 5 as its finale.
Younger Brother Is Also In ‘Stranger Things’
As for a fact, Maya’s younger brother Levon Thurman-Hawke joined the cast of Stranger Things in Season 4. He was confirmed as a part of the show on October 27, 2020. Moreover, Jamie Campbell Bower, Eduardo Franco, and Joseph Quinn were named as series regulars for Season 4.
Maya Hawke Is Dating- Current Boyfriend?
As of mid-2022, the Italian Studies actress is in a relationship with Spencer Barnett, a musician. Reportedly, Barnett is the son of the CEO of Shaklee Corporation Roger Barnett, and his wife Sloan Barnett, a former Manhattan district attorney.
On Valentine’s Day of 2022, Maya went on PDA with Spencer as they strolled around in Manhattan & shared kisses occasionally.
Maya Hawke with her boyfriend Spencer Barnett in NYC on valentine’s day pic.twitter.com/xSQnqvuBKT
— maya hawke archive (@hawkearchives) March 1, 2022
Though, the two are yet to confirm how they began dating- possibly, it was their passion for music that set them up. Additionally, Barnett happens to be a friend of Hawke’s brother Levon, so maybe it aided in their connection as well.
Past Relationship With Tom Sturridge
Hawke was in a relationship with English actor Tom Sturridge; they began dating in July 2020 and made public appearances together until early 2022. No further details on their break-up came up.
But while in a relationship, the two did stir up media due to their age gap (Tom is 13 years senior). Well, Maya was 22 at that time, while the Sweetbitter actor who fathers a kid with his ex Sienna Miller, was 35.
In 2019, there were claims that she was dating Gus Wenner, the CEO of Rolling Stone. Even now, they follow each other on Instagram- so there are debates if they never dated or are friends after the split.
Maya Hawke Is Also A Singer and Model
The American star kid as well as an actress has the modeling bloodline from her mother & grandmother. Having modeled for Vogue, Maya became AllSaints’s face for its 2016/2017 collection. Subsequently, in 2017, she was one of several faces of Calvin Klein’s underwear video campaign.
In addition to charm & on-screen proficiency, Hawke proved her stand in the music career too. She and Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Jesse Harris collaborated on the 2019 songs To Love a Boy and Stay Open.
On August 21, 2020, Maya Hawke released her debut album Blush.
Massive Social Media Followers
Hawke is an active Instagram user; her IG handle @maya_hawke has more than 4 million followers in 2022. Since March 2020, she has joined Twitter too- with over 39.4K followers on her account @mayahawke.
The actress runs a self-titled YouTube channel created on October 3, 2012. It has over 54.1K subscribers and 2.639 million views. Fans can reach out to her via Facebook too on her official page @MayaHawkeOfficial.