“Honestly, I respect her for being real about it”: Maya Hawke Won’t Apologize for Being a Nepo Kid With Her Explanation That Fans Cannot Hate

Being deemed a “Nepo Baby” might be embarrassing for others but Maya Hawke wears the title with pride.

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  • Maya Hawke opened up about being a “nepo baby” and explained why she is okay with the term.
  • The actress talked about whether or not she believes she deserves the opportunities she gets.
  • A majority of fans applaud the actress for her honesty and tweet in support of her.
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Nepotism has always been a part of the entertainment industry, whether you like it or not. From George Clooney to Lily-Rose Depp, “nepo baby” are everywhere, and fans have varying opinions on them all. Despite the hate these actors may get sometimes, there are many who wholeheartedly embrace the term, including Maya Hawke.

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Ethan Hawke Uma Thurman in a still from Gattaca (1997) |Columbia Pictures

Maya Hawke is the daughter of Uma Thurman and Ethan Hawke, and she is completely okay with being called a “nepo baby.” In a recent interview, the Stranger Things actress got candid about whether or not nepotism has anything to do with her getting roles in the industry and whether she thinks she deserves the opportunities she gets.

Maya Hawke Opens Up About Nepotism

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Maya Hawke in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019) | Columbia Pictures

Everyone has their own opinion on nepotism and to what extent should it be allowed in the entertainment industry. While some believe that there is nothing wrong with following in your family’s footsteps, others believe that nepotism is totally unfair in terms of opportunities. Of course, there is also a middle ground where people opine that “nepo kids” are fine as long as they are talented, like Robert Downey Jr. and George Clooney.


Maya Hawke is totally okay if people label her as a “nepo kid” and she sees nothing wrong in the term. In a recent interview with Times of London, the actress opened up about her time in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, where she played the role of Flower Child.

She stated that she was trolled for saying that she auditioned for the role, as fans were convinced that she got the role due to “nepotistic reasons.” Hawke stated that while she said she auditioned for the film, she never implied that nepotism didn’t have a hand in her getting the part. On the contrary, the Stranger Things actress believes that’s why she got the role in the first place.

I’ve been wildly made fun of for this clip when I said, on the red carpet, that I auditioned. I never meant to imply that I didn’t get the part for nepotistic reasons — I think I totally did.

When asked if she thinks she deserves the opportunities that come her way, Hawke had the perfect answer waiting.


‘Deserves’ is a complicated word…there are so many people who deserve to have this kind of life who don’t, but I think I’m comfortable with not deserving it and doing it anyway. And I know that my not doing it wouldn’t help anyone. I saw two paths when I was first starting, and one of them was: change your name, get a nose job and go to open casting roles.

In the end, Hawke decided to go with the flow and embrace the fact that she is and forever will be Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman’s daughter. She is okay with being made fun of and is proud of the relationship she has with her parents.

It’s OK to be made fun of when you’re in rarefied air. It’s a lucky place to be. My relationships with my parents are really honest and positive, and that supersedes anything anyone can say about it.

Clearly, the young actress is not ashamed of being called a “nepo kid” and is absolutely proud of the last name she has.

Fans Applaud Maya Hawke’s Honesty

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A still from Stranger Things | Netflix

After Hawke’s words reached the Internet, there was no stopping the netizens from giving their opinions on the matter and surprisingly, in a rare feat, it looks like a majority of them are appreciating what the actress had to say about nepotism.


On X, fans pointed out Hawke’s honesty and stated that they didn’t care how someone got to where they were as long as they had talent and kept proving themselves.

Fans also praised her talents as an actress stating that while her family name may have gotten her a job in Hollywood, her talent cannot be denied.

Here’s what the fans had to say about Hawke’s words:




Nepotism was, is, and always will be a touchy subject in the industry. Different people will look at it from a different point of view. On the other hand, actors like Hawke, who are so candid in acknowledging their privilege, will continue to offer fresh perspectives on both the advantages and disadvantages of being a “nepo baby.”

You can rent/buy Once Upon a Time in Hollywood on Prime Video and Stranger Things is available to stream on Netflix.


Written by Mishkaat Khan

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Mishkaat is a medical student who found solace in content writing. Having worked in the industry for about three years, she has written about everything from medicine to literature and is now happy to enlight you about the world of entertainment. She has written over a thousand articles for FandomWire. When not writing, she can be found obsessing over the world of the supernatural through books and TV.