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2021 Dec 30

Margaret for Document Journal

Margaret for Document Journal

Margaret was photographed for Document Journal‘s Winter 2021/Resort 2022 issue. Check out the photos and interview below.


Margaret Qualley and Miranda July are embracing the power of pretend

DOCUMENT JOURNAL – For Document’s Winter 2021/Resort 2022 issue, the two creative multihyphenates discuss make-believe worlds, roleplaying with the ones you love, and why their friendship has prevented international crimes

“Have you been thinking about me?” Margaret Qualley asks longingly. “Of course,” Miranda July answers. “But not every second of every day?” Qualley asks, tears welling in her eyes. “No,” Miranda admits.

This interaction marked the beginning of the pair’s first creative collaboration: a performance art piece that unfolded over Instagram in late 2019, with both actors posting voyeuristic FaceTime clips on public channels, hinting at a doomed love affair. “Is this real?” one commenter asks. “Jesus, this still rips my heart out,” says another. Unfolding on social media in the proceeding weeks, the story—which was partially scripted by July and partially improvised—came to involve other public figures like Jaden Smith and the singer Sharon Van Etten.

Qualley and July came up with the idea after meeting at a dinner party and immediately connecting. “At the end of the night, Margaret slipped me [her] number and said, ‘Call me if you ever want to make anything,’ which is all I ever wanted,” says July. The resulting performance is a love story that pulls at the heartstrings, evoking the raw emotion of a breakup while teasing a shared inner world just beyond the viewer’s grasp. It’s a world the two creative multihyphenates have continued to explore, having developed an intimate real-life friendship in the years since—one that has seen them through the pandemic, and served as a source of artistic inspiration for them both.

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2021 Oct 26

Margaret for HommeGirls

Margaret for HommeGirls

Margaret was photographed by Cass Bird for HommeGirls‘ latest issue, volume 6. The magazine can be purchased at HommeGirls.com. Check out the photos and article below!

HOMMEGIRLS – In Margaret Qualley’s New York apartment, you will find a couch, a table, four dining chairs, a bed with a frame, and, she points out with beyond normal excitement, “many a lamp!” This may not seem like a big deal, but then you are probably used to living with those sorts of things. She is not.

Until recently, “I had a mattress on the ground and one lamp and a cardboard box I’d use as a table,” says Qualley, seated side-saddle on a bench in Tompkins Square Park on a balmy July afternoon. She pulls up pictures on her phone as proof, swiping through scenes of an airy and empty light-filled apartment, overturned cardboard box primly set with breakfast for one, napkin folded, fork on the correct side.

This had been her life since she first came to the city at 16 to study ballet, and for a while such living represented independence, not to mention a certain bohemian splendor that will be familiar to lots of young New Yorkers. Sure she was a bright young thing with a famous mom (that would be ’90s rom-com icon Andie MacDowell) but Qualley was raised in Montana and North Carolina, not Hollywood, and was perfectly happy making her own oatmeal and eating it while sitting on the floor. But a decade in, the living situation was becoming, she says, a little embarrassing. At 26, she was no longer a student but an Emmy nominated actress (“Fosse/Verdon”) who’d just made a big splash in a Tarantino movie ( Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood). The older and more accomplished you are, the more it seems people expect a place to sit when they come over. “So I’ve taken the past few months to change my ways, because I was like, you’re becoming an asshole for being like this,” Qualley says. “You are too old and you’re doing too okay to have no couch.”
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2020 Dec 03

ELLE Magazine (December 2020)

ELLE Magazine (December 2020)

Margaret is featured in the December issue of ELLE magazine! Check out the photoshoot and scans below.


Margaret Qualley is among the vanishingly few people in Hollywood who can credibly wield the word “gosh.” Jimmy Stewart’s favorite interjection resounds through her sentences like a slingshot, going hand in hand with her soft North Carolina twang and sweet manner. She is one of an even smaller number of actresses who could take the prompt “You’re having an argument with your hand” and make it make sense. That was just one of the things Spike Jonze asked Qualley to do when she auditioned for a Kenzo perfume campaign he was directing. The clip subverts your typical fragrance ad: A glamorous woman in a green gown walks the halls of an architectural landmark. Then there’s a glitch in the Matrix. She starts going manic, flailing like a velociraptor, shooting laser beams from her hands like a sci-fi heroine racing into intergalactic battle and, yes, fighting with her own extremities.

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2019 Jul 27

Margaret Talks “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”

Margaret Qualley knows Once Upon a Time in Hollywood was a ‘once-in-a-lifetime experience’

EW – With her bare feet kicked up on the dash, Margaret Qualley may look like she’s as relaxed as can be in Once Upon a Time Hollywood. But with Quentin Tarantino behind the camera and Brad Pitt behind the wheel, she was secretly terrified. “I mean, how can you not be? I was just trying to soak up every minute, because I know this is a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” the 24-year-old actress tells EW.

And for Qualley — who stresses how “frickin’ nervous” she was to be involved in a project with such a pedigree, and how excited she was to be working with her favorite filmmaker — Once Upon a Time almost didn’t happen.
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2016 Jun 02

Actresses on the Rise, in Minimalist Knits

Actresses on the Rise, in Minimalist Knits

Margaret Qualley

The daughter of the actress Andie MacDowell, Qualley had just finished a stint at New York’s American Ballet Theater and was on the verge of joining a professional company in her native North Carolina when she decided she no longer wanted to be a dancer. “I just realized I was chasing an expired dream,” says Qualley, now 21. She eventually enrolled at NYU to study acting, but left after just a semester, when “The Leftovers,” on which she plays the angsty teenager Jill Garvey, was picked up by HBO. Her latest role, as an activist who goes missing in Shane Black’s neo-noir crime comedy “The Nice Guys,” put her face to face with one of Hollywood’s biggest stars, who gave her some much-needed encouragement. “My first night shooting, I had to run down the windshield of a car, and it was like 12 degrees and snowing and I was wearing a dress that wasn’t exactly thermal,” Qualley says. “But then Ryan Gosling was like, ‘You look like a superhero,’ and I thought, ‘I’ll stand out in the freezing cold for life now. I’m good.’”

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