Maya Hawke comes from Hollywood royalty, but she is a relative newcomer in front of the cameras. Hawke, who is Uma Thurman and Ethan Hawke’s daughter, makes her on-screen debut in Masterpiece’s Little WomenThe 19-year-old actress read the book in eighth grade and says landing a role in the period drama was a dream come true.

“I had a remarkable time. I made some of the best friends of my life,” Hawke said during Deadline’s The Contenders Emmys event. “It was a great honor.”

The adaptation of American novelist Louise May Alcott’s beloved book follows the March sisters – Meg (Willa Fitzgerald), Beth (Annes Elwy), Amy (Kathryn Newton) and Jo (Hawke). Emily Watson plays family matriarch Marmee and Angela Lansbury co-stars as the girls’ aunt.

While the story has been told before, senior series producer Susanne Simpson says this latest adaptation offers something different.

“Masterpiece is known mostly known for its British drama. But when the idea of Little Women came to us…  I think it was one of those titles that you just say yes to because it was such a powerful story,” Simpson said.

“The last time it was done was almost 25 years ago,” she added. “It is a beautiful piece of work.”