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 Aug 09

Margaret to Star in Ethan Coen’s First Solo Directorial Feature

Margaret Qualley & Geraldine Viswanathan To Star In Ethan Coen’s First Solo Directing Outing

DEADLINEEXCLUSIVE: Ethan Coen looks to have found the leads for his untitled pic at Working Title and Focus Features. Sources tell Deadline that Margaret Qualley and Geraldine Viswanathan are set to star in the film, which will marks Coen’s first time directing a film on his own after having spent his movie career co-directing and writing with his brother Joel.

As of now, plot and character details are being kept under wraps for the new pic, which Ethan Coen co-wrote with his wife Tricia Cooke. They are also producing with Robert Graf and Working Title’s Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner.

Coen had been meeting with talent for months, with the roles quickly becoming some of the more coveted parts in the biz for up-and-coming actresses. In recent weeks, a shortlist was made and chemistry readings were held; in the end, insiders say Qualley and Viswanathan’s screen tests could not be beat.

The film will shoot this fall.

Qualley has had herself quite the year going back to her acclaimed role in Netflix’s limited series Maid. The part has earned her several nominations including a recent Emmy nom for leading actress in a limited series. On the film side, her pic Stars at Noon premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. She also has Sanctuary opening at the Toronto Film Festival next month.

Following her breakout roles in Blockers and Bad Education, Viswanathan has continued to stay busy most recently starring in The Broken Hearts Gallery for Sony Pictures. Up next for her is the Apple pic The Beanie Bubble.

Qualley is repped by UTA, Linden Entertainment and SOWD LLP. Viswanathan is repped by WME, 3 Arts Entertainment, Mollison Keightley Management and attorney Jim Gilio.

2022 Jul 29

“Sanctuary” First Look

“Sanctuary” First Look

‘Sanctuary’ First Look: Margaret Qualley Is a Sinister Dominatrix in Slinky TIFF-Selected Thriller

The NSFW drama is written by “Homecoming” co-creator Micah Bloomberg and will debut at TIFF 2022.

INDIEWIRE – Once upon a time in a sugar daddy’s bed, Margaret Qualley whipped a wealthy man into shape.

“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” breakout Qualley stars as a dominatrix sex worker in the TIFF 2022-selected thriller “Sanctuary.” Filming recently wrapped in New York City with first look images available on the heels of the TIFF premiere announcement for this fall.
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2022 Jul 12

Margaret Nominated for Emmy Award

Margaret has been nominated for the Emmy‘s Lead Actress in a Limited Series award for her work in Maid! Congratulations to Margaret!

Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie
Margaret Qualley (“Maid”)

Outstanding Directing For A Limited Or Anthology Series Or Movie
“Sky Blue”
John Wells Productions, LuckyChap Entertainment, Warner Bros. Television for Netflix John Wells, Directed by

Outstanding Writing For A Limited Or Anthology Series Or Movie
John Wells Productions, LuckyChap Entertainment, Warner Bros. Television for Netflix Molly Smith Metzler, Written by

2022 May 26

“Stars at Noon” Photocall & Press Conference

“Stars at Noon” Photocall & Press Conference – Cannes