Andie MacDowell on Maid and Working With Her Real Daughter Margaret Qualley

From creator Molly Smith Metzler and impressed by the best-selling memoir Maid: Laborious Work, Low Pay, and a Mom’s Will to Survive by Stephanie Land, the Netflix collection Maid follows Alex (Margaret Qualley), a single mom who escapes an abusive relationship solely to search out herself determined for a greater life for her daughter (Rylea Nevaeh Whittet). Taking a job cleansing homes whereas making an attempt to maintain from being homeless and work out her subsequent step, Alex’s resilience is examined each step of the way in which whereas refusing to surrender on a greater future.

Throughout this 1-on-1 interview with Collider, which you’ll each watch and browse, Andie MacDowell (who performs Alex’s bipolar and well-meaning however largely absent mom, Paula) talked about being astounded that her daughter wished her to do that position, being blown away by Qualley’s efficiency, taking the time to nurture her daughter on the weekends, how she approached the position, being affected by psychological sickness in her circle of relatives, and her hope for what occurs with these characters, past the top of the season.

Collider: You’re terrific on this, and seeing you and your daughter collectively was simply actually super to observe.

ANDIE MacDOWELL: Thanks. Thanks a lot. It was a present, I’ve to say. It was actually an incredible alternative.

Have been you hesitant in any respect about doing it? Did you instantly need to work together with her, or have been you nervous about it in any respect?

MacDOWELL: No, I used to be really astounded that she wished me to play this as a result of it’s been actually essential for her to make her personal street and to have her personal journey. However I really feel like she feels safe that she’s already acknowledged herself, independently from me, and she or he was comfy with the thought of working with me. I used to be relieved, particularly for this position. She knew that I’ve had private experiences with psychological sickness as a result of my mom was recognized with schizophrenia proper after I used to be born and had shock remedies, after which got here dwelling to be actually left alone. They didn’t have the assist system again then. It was a humiliation to have any sort of psychological sickness. So, I grew up on this actually loopy setting, and Margaret knew that. She was like, “Oh, my God, I do know who’s good for this. She will be able to do that.”

It was a present as a result of I don’t assume anyone would have thought of me to play this as a result of I’ve by no means performed it earlier than, and till you do one thing, folks don’t know you’re able to doing it. After which, from there, I simply fell in love with the character. I simply liked all the pieces about my character. I explored it bodily and there was the entire sexual aspect of her. I had no hesitation or reservation, whether or not somebody appreciated me or didn’t like me. I at all times liked Paula, it doesn’t matter what she did. That was simply the way in which I took place it. I believe we labored very well collectively. After I noticed it, I used to be blown away by her efficiency. I used to be so wrapped up in what I used to be doing, I wasn’t actually stopping to consider her efficiency. There have been some issues I used to be acutely aware of, however I wasn’t there for all the pieces. The tenderness and the way deep it’s and the way it comes from the within, there’s an innocence and purity to her work. They’re so reverse that it’s charismatic. There’s the complexity of simply how completely different these two individuals are, however they’re blood. It was actually attention-grabbing.


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Have been there moments that you just have been actually glad that you just had her there with you and that you just have been baring your souls collectively?

MacDOWELL: I felt like I understood how my efficiency was going to have an effect on her efficiency. I used to be very acutely aware of that. I understood that, if I confirmed simply how damaged Paula was and you could possibly see the darkness of Paula, and if I did a greater job, it was gonna make all the pieces higher for her, for Alex, as a result of then you could possibly see what Alex needed to cope with. I used to be very acutely aware of that. However I didn’t go about it in a method that was terrifying, or something like that. I simply went about it in a really joyful, “I’m gonna eat this,” method. That’s the way in which I went about it. I used to be like, “I’m gonna devour this character and I’m simply gonna get in there and simply make this juicy.” That’s the way in which I went about it. However on the weekends, I helped deal with her. I felt like I may serve her in one other dimension and truly get to be a mom for her. I by no means get to do this anymore as a result of, after all, she doesn’t let me. I acquired to cook dinner for her on the weekends and it’s cathartic, simply chopping greens and cooking for somebody and nurturing somebody. There’s nice magnificence to that. I acquired to do this on the weekends.

This can be a character who’s described as undiagnosed bipolar. Since there isn’t actually one option to play bipolar, how did you need to discover the degrees of her, to make her really feel as genuine as potential? Was there a way of freedom in the way you performed her, in any given second as a result of there isn’t actually a regular to go by?

MacDOWELL: I’m very acutely aware of that as a result of I’ve needed to cope with a whole lot of completely different psychological sickness all through my household. I’ve learn quite a bit and I’ve performed a whole lot of analysis and I’ve been in a whole lot of remedy. So, yeah, it is extremely particular person. You may’t actually examine one individual to a different individual, and prognosis are unsuitable, a whole lot of occasions. They’re very often unsuitable. It’s actually onerous to discover a prognosis as a result of it’s so complicated. With the thoughts, it will probably appear to be one factor someday and one factor one other day. However positively, the mania was obvious. That’s fairly [common] for bipolar, with the mania and never sleeping at evening. That’s fairly pure. However on prime of it, she smokes a lot weed that she is medicating, in a way. She even admits that’s her drugs. She is self-medicating with marijuana. That’s how she balances herself. She’s simply such an attention-grabbing character.


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How do you are feeling about the place issues are left for her, by the top of the season and between this mom and daughter? Do you would like that issues may have been completely different between them, or do you are feeling like she wouldn’t have even been able to issues being completely different, at this level in her life?

MacDOWELL: There was one thing that’s not in there, that I appreciated. That final scene was actually a tricky one to determine. It’s not in there, however I acquired behind the automobile and I inform Maddy to deal with her mom. So, my hope was that Paula made the selection to let her go away. You don’t actually really feel that an excessive amount of as a result of that’s not in there, however that was my hope, solely as a result of I’ve such empathy for my character. I don’t assume it was essential or related for Alex, and Alex is the lead and the story is about Alex. However I might’ve appreciated for folks to have recognized that was Paula’s alternative. Pondering that she’s simply selecting the person and doing her factor once more was actually extra essential for Alex’s story and Alex leaving.

You actually do get a way that it comes out of a spot of concern together with her and that, even when she doesn’t notice it, it’s not one thing she’s essentially doing to harm any person else. She’s simply afraid and it’s simple for her to fall again on that.

MacDOWELL: Yeah. There are moments, just like the second once I say, “Get that child out of right here,” within the hospital. It’s fairly merciless, however she’s in the midst of an episode, so what are you able to do? That was the meanest factor I did in the entire thing. Properly, I additionally go off on her, within the very starting, and inform her she’s flirting with my man. That was fairly merciless too. However that comes from a spot of her sickness. She’s not in management. She’s utterly uncontrolled. She will be able to’t assist what she’s doing. It’s not intentional. If she had higher care and a greater dwelling scenario, and she or he was on actually good drugs and getting remedy, she in all probability could be a greater mom and a greater individual, however that’s not the scenario.


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Do you might have your individual hope for her, that they reunite in a roundabout way, down the street someplace of their lives?

MacDOWELL: Oh, for positive, sure. We talked about that. She was like, “What do you assume?” I used to be like, “No, she’s gonna come. She’s not gonna keep, however she’s gonna come. She’ll present up in a Winnebago. She’s gotta see her granddaughter. She’s gonna come. She gained’t keep, however she’ll come.”

Maid is obtainable to stream at Netflix.

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