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Instead of opening tons of presents, Ethan Hawke focused on the true meaning of Christmas. He and Maya, his 15-year-old daughter with ex-wife Uma Thurman, spent the day at New York Methodist Hospital playing music and visiting with patients.
The actor showed up unannounced at the hospital, wearing regular clothes and not calling attention to his celeb status. He and high school student Maya played guitar and sang carols.
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One patient, Sonya Clarke, told the New York Daily News that she thinks Ethan wasn't there to get publicity for himself the way some stars do. "He did it on his own, just him and his daughter, to spread some love," she said.
The mom of one is undergoing chemo and radiation for cancer and hoped she could be home in time for the holidays. But instead, her spirits were lifted by a surprise visit from the Gattaca star. She was also impressed by Maya's voice and predicts a singing career for the celeb daughter in the future: "I think she should be on The Voice!"