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Maya Hawke Channeled Paul Newman, Joaquin Phoenix, and Marlon Brando for Twisted ‘Do Revenge’ Role

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"I feel like men are often given a lot more permission to be unlikable but still be lovable," the "Stranger Things" star told IndieWire.

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 A modern update on “Clueless” and “Cruel Intentions” with a “Strangers on a Train” twist?

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Well, we might not immediately think of Marlon Brando or Paul Newman as inspirations for a Hitchcockian ode to classic ’90s teen dramedies, but we are not Hollywood royalty, Maya Hawke.

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The star of Jennifer Kaytin Robinson’s “Do Revenge,” now streaming on Netflix, revealed that she was inspired by iconic male onscreen villains while preparing to embody Eleanor,

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 a seemingly innocent new girl on campus who is out for revenge. 

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Eleanor gets schooled by “revenge mommy” Drea, played by Camila Mendes — but Eleanor has more than a few twists up her sleeve.

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“I really tried to look at male performances because the nature of both of the lead characters aren’t necessarily ‘likable’ 100 percent of the time,” Hawke told IndieWire.

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“I really tried to look at male performances because the nature of both of the lead characters aren’t necessarily ‘likable’ 100 percent of the time,” Hawke told IndieWire.

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 “And I feel like men are often given a lot more permission to be unlikable, but to still be lovable.

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 I really wanted to draw from that, draw from Joaquin Phoenix, draw from Paul Newman, draw from Willem Dafoe,

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 draw from some really great actors that I normally don’t really give myself permission to get inspired by.”

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