Ethan Hawke Interview: ‘Maudie’
During our recent webcam chat (watch the exclusive video above), Ethan Hawke reveals he was excited to do the biopic “Maudie” by the prospect of working with Sally Hawkins. “There was something about the intersection of this actress and this role… that I thought was ripe with potential,” he explains. Directed by Aisling Walsh, this Sony Pictures Classics release tells the true story of Maud Lewis (Hawkins), an arthritic Nova Scotia woman who becomes a famous painter. Hawke plays Everett Lewis, a brutish fish monger who hires Maud to be his housekeeper before marrying her.
“One of the things that’s remarkable about [the film] is how the power dynamic shifts throughout the course of the story,” Hawke reveals. In the beginning, Everett “is looking for a maid. Like a lot of men of his generation and position, he just saw that as the value of a wife.” He continues, “By the end of the movie, he’s cooking for her, he’s cleaning her, and championing her art. It’s a huge trajectory for a person to experience… I found that very exciting to play.”
Hawke has contended at the Oscars four times: twice as a Supporting Actor (“Training Day” in 2001 and “Boyhood” in 2014) and twice for Adapted Screenplay (“Before Sunset” in 2004 and “Before Midnight” in 2013). He has appeared in such films as “Dead Poets Society” (1989), “Reality Bites” (1994), “Before Sunrise” (1995), “Gattaca” (1997), “Hamlet” (2000), “Waking Life” (2001), “Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead” (2007), and “Born to Be Blue” (2015).
Watch our full interview above for more about Hawke’s work, including a tease of whether or not he will be reuniting with Julie Delpy and director Richard Linklater for a fourth installment in the “Before” series.