I met Leslie Hawke in her apartment in Bucharest. She's the co-founder of OvidiuRo, an NGO which helps disadvantaged kids go to kindergarten, she's Ethan Hawke's mother and she's also a friend of writer Andrew Solomon. Actually that's how I heard about her. Andrew wrote about his visit to Romania and mentioned his friend Leslie. Only later I found out that she's Ethan's mum.
So when I went to meet her for the interview I was a bit nervous. It turned out to be one of the most interesting dialogues I've had. Leslie is very honest and direct.