Maya Hawke has quickly followed the unveiling of her two debut singles with the release of her first music video to accompany the song ‘To Love a Boy’.
Hawke, who is famously the daughter of actress Uma Thurman and actor Ethan Hawke, made her major breakthrough into cinema by playing the role of Robin in the third season of the immensely popular Netflix series Stranger Things.
Now, as her Stranger Things also successfully make the transition into the music industry, Hawke has joined forces with Jesse Harris for the creation of her music. “After seeing the movie Call Me by Your Name for the second time, I left the theatre and I was walking home to my apartment in Brooklyn, and I just started thinking about the images of water and the romantic feeling in that movie,” Hawke told Pitchfork.
“I was just filled with this intense jealousy and desire be in love and feel that way. Then I wrote the lyrics to ‘To Love a Boy’ as a poem, and I sent them to Jesse Harris, and he wrote that melody, and I loved it. It’s about this dream reality where you could love somebody in an all-consuming way, where it feels like when you’re swimming in the ocean on a hot summer day.”
She added: “When I was brainstorming about the video, I started thinking about a mermaid coming ashore and wanting to love a boy as much as she loved the ocean. Then I decided the video would be more interesting if the love interest of the video was the ocean, and it was about her pursuit to get back to the ocean.
“I’m a professional actor, but I’m not a professional musician, so I wanted to do the whole thing really not professionally. So I spent all my own money to make the video and I had to rent the mermaid costume, which ended up being incredibly shitty, but in a way that I think is really funny.”
Here it is: