Collaborations between family members in the film industry are not unheard of, but when it involves filming intimate scenes, things can get delicate. Such was the case for the acclaimed actor Ethan Hawke and his talented daughter, Maya Hawke, during the shooting of "Wildcat," a film offering a deep dive into the life of the revered Southern Gothic writer, Flannery O’Connor.
Recently, Variety shed light on the dynamics between the father-daughter duo on set. Ethan emphasized the need to ensure comfort for all actors involved, especially Rafael Casal and Cooper Hoffman. "It may have felt a bit odd for them, but Maya and I shared a mutual comfort.
To be frank, I was hardly bothered by it," he shared. Maya elaborated on the measures taken to establish trust and safety on set, stating, “We didn’t take things lightly. An intimacy coordinator was present to make certain that the actors felt secure and well-protected”.
And before she could continue, Ethan added with a light-hearted jest, “So no one felt like there was a 'creepy dad' looming around”. Having made its debut at the Telluride Film Festival on September 1st, "Wildcat" is set to grace screens at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Early reviews hint at a favorable reception, praising the film’s visionary approach and reverence for its protagonist.
Maya Hawke Shines in 'Wildcat'
The Telluride’s official program guide was all praises for Maya's performance.
The guide remarked, "Ms. Hawke splendidly captures O’Connor’s unique blend of sharp wit, discerning intelligence, and profound spiritual depths”. Apart from Casal and Hoffman, the film boasts a stellar cast comprising of Philip Ettinger and Laura Linney, who takes on the role of O’Connor’s mother.
The utilization of intimacy coordinators in the film industry has been a progressive step forward. Tasked with ensuring a conducive environment during the filming of provocative sequences, they have proven to be indispensable.
Notably, their contributions have been hailed even in movies that tread controversial paths, such as "Blonde." "Wildcat," through its keen storytelling and powerhouse performances, promises to be an evocative exploration of O’Connor’s life. With critics already taking note, it's shaping up to be a must-watch this festival season.