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 Women. The 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.
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“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.”
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