Andie MacDowell reveals it was tough playing daughter Margaret Qualley’s ‘cruel’ on-screen mother in Maid

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Andie McDowell has admitted that playing the on-screen mother of her real-life daughter Margaret Qualy in her new Netflix series Made was ‘not easy’.

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Speaking during an appearance on Friday’s upcoming Graham Norton Show, the 63-year-old actress explained how difficult it was to portray the character of Paula because she was so ‘brutal and cruel’ to daughter Alex (played by Margaret).

The Four Weddings and a Funeral star also said that being suggested for the role by 26-year-old Margaret was ‘intimidating’ as she initially wondered if her daughter thought she was anything like the character.

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The Candidate: Andie McDowell has admitted that playing the on-screen mother of her real-life daughter Margaret Qualley in her new Netflix series Made ‘wasn’t easy’

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The Netflix show centers on a single mother named Alex who abandons her abusive partner and takes refuge in a women’s shelter.

Struggling to make ends meet, Alex takes a job as a maid to support himself and his daughter – all while battling his former partner to maintain custody of their child.

When asked by host Graham, 58, if it was easy to play Alex’s bi-polar mother, Andy said: ‘It wasn’t easy because she was so mean and cruel and terrible to her daughter.

‘It was interesting that my daughter suggested me for the role and at first, I thought, ‘Oh my god, does she look at me like that?’ Of course, she doesn’t, but it was a little intimidating!

FAMILY: Speaking during an appearance on Friday's upcoming Graham Norton Show, the 63-year-old actress explained how difficult it was to portray the character of Paula because she was so 'brutal and cruel' to daughter Alex (played by Margaret) .

FAMILY: Speaking during an appearance on Friday’s upcoming Graham Norton Show, the 63-year-old actress explained how difficult it was to portray the character of Paula because she was so ‘brutal and cruel’ to daughter Alex (played by Margaret) .

Like Mother Like Daughter: Margaret Following in Her Mother's Footsteps in the Acting World (pictured together in 2011)

Like Mother Like Daughter: Margaret Following in Her Mother’s Footsteps in the Acting World (pictured together in 2011)

Margaret is one of three children that actress Andie McDowell shares with her ex-husband Paul Kweli, whom she married in 1986 and divorced in 1999.

Meanwhile, discussing his time in the series, he added: ‘It was so much fun but so challenging for me as I have never played a character like this before.

‘It was great to do something different and show people what I am capable of.’

The thespian was the first to realize she was a credible movie star, explaining: ‘I struggled so hard to be taken seriously and to get a job and then I got sex, lies and videotaped, which was a big moment. my life

‘Overnight people changed their perspective about who I was. I went from an undesirable person to someone who didn’t have to audition. it was crazy.’

The Role: The Four Weddings and a Funeral star also said that being suggested for the role by 26-year-old Margaret was 'intimidating' as she initially wondered if her daughter thought she was anything like the character .

The Role: The Four Weddings and a Funeral star also said that being suggested for the role by 26-year-old Margaret was ‘intimidating’ as she initially wondered if her daughter thought she was anything like the character .

The latest installment of the BBC chat show featured Andy as fellow guests Jodie Comer, Billy Porter and Daisy Haggard, while Texas provided the entertainment.

The pair discussed their latest film, The Last Duel, which tells the same story from the perspective of each of the three main characters, telling Graham: ‘It was playful and confusing because we were shooting together.

‘You don’t usually have to think about another character’s point of view, it’s not really your concern so I had to constantly think about what everyone needed from me. It was wonderful to see it all cut together.

Character: It was very funny but challenging for me as I have never played a character like this before.  It was great to do something different and show people what I am capable of'

Character: It was very funny but challenging for me as I have never played a character like this before. It was great to do something different and show people what I am capable of’

She added acting in her first period film: ‘It’s a dream. I had a moment on set when I had a flashback, I met my agent for the first time and when he asked what it was I wanted to do. I said, “I want to be in period movies. I’m like I want to be Keira Knightley.” And it’s happening in a way, which is really cool.

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