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Ethan and his 25-year-old daughter Maya — whom he shares along with his ex, Uma Thurman — are presently selling their new film, Wildcat.
The indie movie is a Fifties interval piece directed by Ethan, which stars Maya because the late American novelist Flannery O’Connor as she struggles to get her first novel revealed.
“I had moments of insecurity about it whereas we had been capturing the film,” Maya confessed in a joint interview together with her dad for Variety. “However the web doesn’t have a number of nuances.”
Praising Ethan, she added: “My dad has been a large trainer for me, and we need to work collectively. We like being with one another.”
In flip, Ethan got here to his daughter’s protection, quipping that he’s a “nepo dad” resulting from the truth that it was Maya who initially had the thought for the film.
“If somebody desires to criticize us for working collectively, that’s completely honest,” he mentioned. “It’s important to let folks have their opinion. You simply must attempt to do a great job while you’re onstage.”
Reflecting on capturing the film collectively, Maya mentioned the method wasn’t the “cute father-daughter factor” that individuals may think, saying as a substitute that the “manufacturing’s calls for had been excessive.”
On high of this, she joked that she made a short-lived try to begin calling her dad by his first identify on set to look extra “skilled” to others round them.
“After which I spotted it was truly extra distracting to folks,” she recalled. “They’d be like, ‘Why are you doing that?’ So I principally referred to as him ‘Dad.’”
Within the film — which premieres at this yr’s Toronto Movie Competition — Maya takes on numerous smaller roles as characters in O’Connor’s brief tales. And whereas enjoying two of these characters, Maya has to interact in intercourse scenes.
After all, the one concern with that was that the scenes had been directed by her dad — which, as you’ll be able to think about, might have been a bit of uncomfortable for each events.
Nonetheless, this wasn’t the case for Maya and Ethan, who recalled that it was weirder for his or her colleagues than it was for them.
“We would have liked to deal with Rafael and Cooper,” Ethan mentioned, referring to Maya’s costars Rafael Casal and Cooper Hoffman. “I believe it was bizarre for them. We had been so comfy with it. I couldn’t care much less.”
Maya joked in return that they made positive to have an intimacy coordinator on set for her costars “in order that they felt protected and cozy,” and “not like they had been being spied on” by “some creepy dad,” as Ethan put it.