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Maya Hawke's Queer Forest Orgy Gets Busted By Police In Her New Video 'Thérèse'

Maya Hawke's Queer Forest Orgy Gets Busted By Police In Thérèse

Maya Hawke in the Therese video
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Now this is how you hype an upcoming album.

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Not content to just rule the pop culture world with her turn as Robin on Stranger Things, Maya Hawke is set to release her sophomore album, Moss, this fall. In the lead-up to the album drop, Hawke has also debuted a video for the first single, “Thérèse,” and it’s absolutely stunning, explicit, and so queer.

“‘Thérèse’ is about the secret spaces we build where we are free to be ourselves, in a world that is always intentionally or systematically misunderstanding us,” Hawke said via a press release about the film. “How hard we have to fight against internal and external forces just to love each other, love ourselves, love our bodies. ‘Thérèse’ is a call to return to the beginner’s mind. A reminder, if only to myself.”

The video follows a group of lovers in the forest whose orgy is broken up by police. It was directed by actor turned filmmaker Brady Corbet and shot by cinematographer Trevor Tweeten on 35mm film. The result is a moody film perfectly suited to Hawke’s languid crooning.

For Hawke, the video was about reclaiming her sexuality as well as finding connections with others during a dark and painful time. “We are all bombarded with negative and doctored images of bodies all the time, whether we want to be or not. The ‘art’ I saw about sexuality when I was growing up (being honest… I am still growing up) helped free me from a culture that seems to want us all to hate ourselves and fear others, right? There is a lot to feel bleak about these days but it’s important to find moments of joy and look out for each other where & when we can these days,” she wrote in an invite to a screening of the video.

Moss is slated for release on Friday, September 23. Watch the video for “Thérèse” below.

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Rachel Shatto

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Rachel Shatto, Editor in Chief of PRIDE.com, is an SF Bay Area-based writer, podcaster, and former editor of Curve magazine, where she honed her passion for writing about social justice and sex (and their frequent intersection). Her work has appeared on Dread Central, Elite Daily, Tecca, and Joystiq, and she podcasts regularly about horror on the Zombie Grrlz Horror Podcast Network. She can’t live without cats, vintage style, video games, drag queens, or the Oxford comma.

Rachel Shatto, Editor in Chief of PRIDE.com, is an SF Bay Area-based writer, podcaster, and former editor of Curve magazine, where she honed her passion for writing about social justice and sex (and their frequent intersection). Her work has appeared on Dread Central, Elite Daily, Tecca, and Joystiq, and she podcasts regularly about horror on the Zombie Grrlz Horror Podcast Network. She can’t live without cats, vintage style, video games, drag queens, or the Oxford comma.