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Maya Hawke: “Stranger Things” star opens up about her role in Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”

Maya Hawke has made a frank confession about her role in Quentin Tarantino’s Once upon a time in Hollywood.

The actress and singer, the daughter of Uma Thurman and Ethan Hawke, had a small appearance in the Oscar-winning 2019 film, playing a member of the Manson Family cult.

Hawke’s career continued to grow, thanks to roles in Stranger Thingswhich she says has led to a “depressing” flood of Netflix viewers for her music shows, and Wes Anderson’s Asteroid CityThe actress has become the focus of a debate about nepotism in Hollywood.

Many stars whose parents are famous people protested against this. Even the parents themselves, including Tom Hanks, argued that “it doesn't matter what our last names are” when it comes to casting roles.

Hawke, however, whose mother Mia Wallace in Tarantino’s pulp Fiction (1994), has now refreshingly claimed that she was chosen by the director for Once upon a time in Hollywood especially because of their parents.

Regarding the controversy surrounding the “nepot babies,” Hawke said that when she previously said she had auditioned for the role, she “never meant to imply that I didn't get the role because of nepotism – I think that was definitely the case.”

Hawke said The times that her casting was a deliberate choice, as Tarantino wanted to cast many stars whose parents were famous, including Margaret Qualley, the daughter of Andie MacDowell, and Rumer Willis, the daughter of Bruce Willis and Demi Moore.

Maya Hawke in
Maya Hawke in “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” (Sony Pictures releases)

When asked if she thought such actors “deserved” the opportunities compared to stars without famous parents, Hawke shared her views on the debate, explaining: “'Deserved' is a complicated word.

“There are so many people who deserve this life and don't have it, but I think I have no problem not deserving it and doing it anyway. And I know it wouldn't help anyone if I didn't.

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“When I started, I saw two options, and one of them was: change my name, get my nose done, and go to open castings.

Maya Hawke says she was cast in Tarantino's film because of her parents
Maya Hawke says she was cast in Tarantino's film because of her parents (Getty Images)

“It's OK to be made fun of when you're in an aloof position. That's a happy place to be. My relationship with my parents is really honest and positive, and that surpasses anything you can say about it.”

Hawke was last seen in Wild cata film about Flannery O'Connor directed by her father Ethan.