The Netflix miniseries is based on the memoir Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Will to Survive by Stephanie Land.
Silver screen depictions of real-life struggles of people do not always make for an easy watch. Emulating such roles can take such a toll on its actors, but that’s not the case with Margaret Qualley who recently starred in Netflix miniseries Maid.
She revealed that although she found it easy playing her character on the Netflix drama, there were still things about her role that she found frustrating.
In conversation with Collider, Qualley stated that the role did not affect her as much as she considered it simply as ‘playing pretend’. However, she fully sympathised with the struggles and hardships her character Alex Russell went through, a single mother who takes up the job of a maid to provide for her daughter.
The actress outlines the difficulties Alex faces to get benefits from US poverty assistance schemes to fulfill her basic needs. She highlights the impracticality of the processes involved, and the amount of work her character puts in for the sake of her young daughter.
Qualley also had nothing but good things to say of her character, especially how she persisted through her trials and tribulations. Her strength and determination under the circumstances were something which the actress came to admire. Qualley also highlighted how she realised that real life people who have to go through such challenges in their lives may not be as lucky as her character was.
Maid tells the story of a young woman who escapes an abusive relationship with her daughter and has to resort to work as a maid to provide for the two of them. In addition to Qualley the drama also stars Nick Robinson, Anika Noni Rose and Andie MacDowell. It is based on Stephanie Land's memoir Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Will to Survive.
The series can be streamed on Netflix.