Ethan Hawke was called out by his daughter Maya Hawke over his attempt at flirting with Rihanna at the 2015 NBA All-Star Game.
At the game, Hawke, 52, was seen in paparazzi photos that later went viral. He had a lively conversation with the 35-year-old singer as they sat courtside with the actor’s then 13-year-old son, Levon.
In a recent Variety video, the father-daughter duo were playing a game to see how well they knew each other when the 25-year-old “Stranger Things” actress was asked whether her father would rather see Lady Gaga or Rihanna in concert would visit.
“I have a very quick answer because this information is actually available online,” Maya teased while writing down Rihanna’s name. “RiRi baby, by far.”
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“Yeah, but I went to a Lady Gaga concert, not a RiRi one,” Hawke countered.
“Well, that’s partly why you want to go,” Maya replied.
Later in the video, the two-time Oscar nominee directly addressed his encounter with the “Umbrella” singer.
“I was caught by the paparazzi openly flirting with Rihanna,” he admitted.
“I’m openly trying,” Maya joked.
“So that was the disgrace to the family,” Hawke continued. “So you really hit a nerve.”
“No, it’s family pride,” the “Do Revenge” star said.
The pair recently worked together on the new film “Wildcat,” which premiered at the 50th Telluride Film Festival on September 1st. The biographical drama is based on the life of writer Flannery O’Connor and was directed and co-written by Hawke. The film stars Maya, who also served as an executive producer.
Hawke shares Maya and Levon, now 21, with his ex-wife Uma Thurman, 53, whom he was married to from 1998 to 2005. He married Ryan Shawhughes in 2008 and the two have two daughters together – Clementine, 12, and Indiana, 11.
The “Before Sunrise” actor first joked about his viral moment with Rihanna after the nine-time Grammy winner’s halftime performance at Super Bowl LVII in February.
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Hawke posted a slideshow of throwback photos from the basketball game, in which he swapped places with Levon to sit next to Rihanna.
In the first photo, Levon sat between Hawke and the Fenty Beauty mogul. In the next photo, father and son swapped places, where Hawke was seen leaning back in his chair and talking to Rihanna while his son pressed his palms into his face.
Hawke and Rihanna continued their conversation as Levon looked on in the final snap.
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“After Rihanna’s brilliant halftime performance, I hope my son finds it in his heart to forgive a father for stealing his moment,” the actor wrote in the caption.
However, Levon seemed to take this in stride, commenting: “Iconic content.”