In a surprising twist, Ethan Hawke, the celebrated performer and recipient of an Emmy Award, made the unconventional choice to attend the premiere of his latest movie, “Wildcat,” at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) by opting for a Greyhound bus as his mode of transportation. This decision turned heads and captured headlines.
At the esteemed TIFF event in Canada’s Toronto, Ethan Hawke, aged 52, arrived at the red carpet accompanied by his daughter, actress Maya Hawke, creating a memorable entrance. In an exclusive interview with PEOPLE magazine, they divulged the intriguing tale behind their journey.
Ethan Hawke, renowned for his portrayal in “Stranger Things,” elaborated on his decision to travel via a Greyhound bus, citing the cancellation of all his initial flight arrangements. Maya Hawke corroborated this distinct choice of travel, further noting the buzz it generated.
Maya amusingly recollected the circumstances, stating, “Indeed, he did! Everyone’s buzzing about it! He had to take the bus here because all the flights were canceled.” Standing beside her, Ethan Hawke beamed with pride as she continued, “Three flights canceled, so I thought, ‘I won’t let an airport hinder me from attending this.’ Thus, I headed to Port Authority and caught the bus.”
Ethan Hawke also disclosed that he wasn’t alone on this adventure; his wife and producing partner accompanied him on the Greyhound journey.
When asked if his celebrity status was recognized by fellow passengers or at the bus station, Ethan downplayed his fame, remarking, “Man, nobody gives a darn about anyone else on the bus.” He amusingly added, “no one feels comfortable” when selecting such a mode of transportation, underscoring the fact that “nobody really cares at all.” He spent the trip engrossed in a book, maintaining a low-key profile until customs, where he was finally recognized just before daybreak.
The father-daughter duo also expressed their profound connection to the film “Wildcat.” Maya, aged 25, described the filmmaking process as “indescribably remarkable” and one of the most extraordinary experiences in her life. They both expressed gratitude for the opportunity to be part of TIFF and celebrated the chance to share the movie with fans and colleagues.
During the event, Ethan Hawke took a moment to address the audience, playfully praising his daughter’s performance in the film. He remarked, “If you watch anything else tonight, what you’re going to witness is a young artist orbiting around their father and quickly dashing out the door, giving him a pat on the rear as she departs.” He continued to shower praise on Maya’s exceptional work in “Wildcat” and conveyed his eagerness for everyone to witness her remarkable performance.