Ethan Hawke Says He Was "So Comfortable" Directing Daughter Maya Hawke's Sex Scenes
There are probably a few things in life you'd rather not do with your father around, and filming a sex scene in front of him has got to be at the top of the list. According to Ethan Hawke and his daughter Maya Hawke, however, it was truly NBD.
They worked together on the set of the new biographical drama "Wildcat," which will premiere at Toronto's Film Festival this year; Ethan directed, while Maya starred in the film as American novelist Flannery O'Connor. And though it's nothing new for family members to work together in films and TV shows in Hollywood — nepotism, hello! — acting out a sex scene in front of each other is.
In the movie, Maya's character has two horny moments: one short sex scene with Cooper Hoffman, who plays Manley Pointer, and another with Rafael Casal's character, O.E. Parker, who feels up her boobs in the back of his pickup truck. (Two things I think we can all agree our dads should not be watching, much less directing.)
But in an interview with Variety, the Hawkes shared that there was, somehow, zero awkwardness for them.
"We were so comfortable with it. I couldn't care less," Ethan said. In fact, the two laughed about how it was likely more awkward for Hoffman and Parker. "We needed to take care of Rafael and Cooper," Ethan said. "I think it was weird for them."
Maya added, "We made sure to have an intimacy coordinator on set for them. So that they felt safe and comfortable and not like they were being spied on . . . "
" . . . by some creepy dad," Ethan finished.
Because, of course, no one wants to be caught by their partner's father doing something sexual — whether it's being filmed or not.
Fortunately, it seems everyone on set was able to move on from the awkwardness (if there was any even present) to produce a film that one critic says "illuminates the life of Flannery O'Connor."
And though Maya tried to refrain from calling Ethan "dad" on set to be professional, she said she still "mostly called him 'dad.'"