Category: Interviews

2022 Aug 16

Margaret for W’s 2022 TV Portfolio

Margaret paid homage to Dorothy Zbornak from The Golden Girls for W’s 2022 TV portfolio!

For Margaret Qualley, Dorothy Zbornak Is the Epitome of Cool

The Emmy-nominated Maid star talks her next major film role and shares why watching The Golden Girls reminds her of home.

For W’s third annual TV Portfolio, we asked 21 sought-after names in television to pay homage to their favorite small-screen characters by stepping into their shoes.

In Netflix’s acclaimed series Maid, Margaret Qualley stars as Alex, a young single mother who leaves her abusive boyfriend in hopes of building a better life for her 2-year-old daughter, Maddy (Rylea Nevaeh Whittet). With a small child to support, Alex takes on a series of odd jobs (including cleaning up trashed homes filled with blood, human excrement, and the like) while battling homelessness and countless indignities. Meanwhile, her own mother—played by Qualley’s real-life mom, Andie MacDowell—is a flighty presence in her life, causing her even more stress.

Speaking from a taxi in Paris, just weeks after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, Qualley sees the parallels between Maid’s subject matter and the very real implications for young low-income mothers. “It’s incredibly upsetting,” she says, “and impossible not to think about.” But the actress, who is in France working on The Substance—the closely guarded film from director Coralie Fargeat, in which Qualley stars alongside Demi Moore—has plenty to be optimistic about. This summer, she received an Emmy nomination for her performance in Maid and got engaged to her boyfriend, Jack Antonoff, the six-time Grammy-winning musician, songwriter, and producer. Here, the 27-year-old discusses getting into character physically and emotionally, and why she aspires to be more like Dorothy Zbornak from The Golden Girls.
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2022 Apr 12

Margaret on “The Ellen Show” (Video)

Margaret Qualley divulged that in order to create a bond with her on-screen daughter in “Maid,” she basically made the four-year-old hang out with her all the time, including on weekends. The actress also chatted about her dance background and succeeding in her mission to have her dad move from Panama to America.

2022 Feb 23

Margaret on “Late Night with Seth Meyers”

Margaret on “Late Night with Seth Meyers”

Margaret visited Late Night with Seth Meyers on Tuesday (February 22) to discuss Maid. Check out the photos and interview below!

Margaret Qualley talks about growing up with Andie MacDowell as a mom, working with a child actor on her show Maid and her love of Adam Sandler.

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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