Andie MacDowell admits it ‘wasn’t easy’ playing daughter Margaret Qualley’s ‘cruel’ on-screen mum

, Andie MacDowell admits it ‘wasn’t easy’ playing daughter Margaret Qualley’s ‘cruel’ on-screen mum, The Today News USA

Andie MacDowell has admitted that it ‘wasn’t easy’ playing the on-screen mother of her real-life daughter Margaret Qualley in her new Netflix series Maid.

Speaking during an appearance on Friday’s upcoming Graham Norton show, the actress, 63, told how it was difficult to portray the character of Paula as she was so ‘mean and cruel’ to daughter Alex (played by Margaret).

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

, Andie MacDowell admits it ‘wasn’t easy’ playing daughter Margaret Qualley’s ‘cruel’ on-screen mum, The Today News USA

Candid: Andie MacDowell has admitted that it ‘wasn’t easy’ playing the on-screen mother of her real-life daughter Margaret Qualley in her new Netflix series Maid

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

Struggling to make ends meet, Alex takes a job as a maid in order to support herself and her daughter – all while battling her former partner to retain custody of their child.

When asked by host Graham, 58, if playing Alex’s Bi Polar mum was easy, Andie said: ‘It wasn’t easy because she was so mean and cruel and horrible to her daughter. 

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

, Andie MacDowell admits it ‘wasn’t easy’ playing daughter Margaret Qualley’s ‘cruel’ on-screen mum, The Today News USA

Family: Speaking during an appearance on Friday’s upcoming Graham Norton show, the actress, 63, told how it was difficult to portray the character of Paula as she was so ‘mean and cruel’ to daughter Alex (played by Margaret)

, Andie MacDowell admits it ‘wasn’t easy’ playing daughter Margaret Qualley’s ‘cruel’ on-screen mum, The Today News USA

Like mother like daughter: Margaret has followed 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 Qualley, whom she wed in 1986 and divorced in 1999. 

Meanwhile, discussing her time in the series, she went on: ‘It was so much fun but so challenging for me because I have never played a character like that before.

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

The thespian also opened up about the first time she realised she was credible movie star, explaining: ‘I was struggling super hard to be taken seriously and to get jobs and then I got Sex, Lies, and Videotape, which was a big moment in my life. 

‘People changed their perspective overnight of who I was. I went from a nobody undesirable to someone who didn’t have to audition. It was crazy.’

, Andie MacDowell admits it ‘wasn’t easy’ playing daughter Margaret Qualley’s ‘cruel’ on-screen mum, The Today News USA

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

Joining Andie on the latest instalment of the BBC chat show were fellow guests Jodie Comer, Billy Porter and Daisy Haggard, while Texas provided the entertainment. 

Jodie discussed her latest film The Last Duel, which tells the same story from the perspective of each of the three main character, telling Graham: ‘It was playful and confusing because we were shooting takes simultaneously. 

, Andie MacDowell admits it ‘wasn’t easy’ playing daughter Margaret Qualley’s ‘cruel’ on-screen mum, The Today News USA

‘You never normally have to think of another character’s view of you, it’s not really any concern of yours so I had to constantly be thinking about what everyone needed from me. It was amazing seeing it all cut together.’

, Andie MacDowell admits it ‘wasn’t easy’ playing daughter Margaret Qualley’s ‘cruel’ on-screen mum, The Today News USA

Character: It was so much fun but so challenging for me because I have never played a character like that before. It was great to do something different and to show people what I am capable of’

She added of starring in her first period film: ‘It is a dream. I had a moment on set when I had a flash back to the day, I first met my agent and when she asked what it was, I wanted to do I said, “I want to be in period films. I want to be like Keira Knightley.” And it’s kind of happening, which is really nice.’

Meanwhile, Billy discussed his showstopping red carpet ensembles, revealing: ‘It’s fun and this is who I am. I grew up in the black church in America which is a fashion show. 

‘It was all about what you looked like. I have only ever known dressing up and I do it every day. It makes me feel better and It changes the narrative for the day for me.’

, Andie MacDowell admits it ‘wasn’t easy’ playing daughter Margaret Qualley’s ‘cruel’ on-screen mum, The Today News USA

, Andie MacDowell admits it ‘wasn’t easy’ playing daughter Margaret Qualley’s ‘cruel’ on-screen mum, The Today News USA

Guests: Joining Andie on the latest instalment of the BBC chat show were fellow guests Jodie Comer (left) and  Billy Porter (right)

, Andie MacDowell admits it ‘wasn’t easy’ playing daughter Margaret Qualley’s ‘cruel’ on-screen mum, The Today News USA

Appearance: Daisy Haggard was also on The Graham Norton show

, Andie MacDowell admits it ‘wasn’t easy’ playing daughter Margaret Qualley’s ‘cruel’ on-screen mum, The Today News USA

Let me entertain you: Texas provided the musical entertainment on the night

Of iconic TV show Pose, he said: ‘It’s a gift. I have been blessed to be given the opportunity to remind the world of the trauma of the time we lived through, and that gay black people exist. We need to collectively heal, and Pose is that for me. It has been the greatest time of my life and career.’

Elsewhere Daisy asked what it was like working with Friends star Matt LeBlanc in episodes, with the actress recalling: ‘He invited us all for drinks and I was really nervous as I hadn’t been to the house of anyone that famous before.

‘I didn’t really know what to do so I got dropped at the gates and then realised it was a really long driveway. I was in full ‘Daisy doesn’t fit in Hollywood’ mode and was talking to myself and gesticulating as I walked to the house with no shoes on. 

, Andie MacDowell admits it ‘wasn’t easy’ playing daughter Margaret Qualley’s ‘cruel’ on-screen mum, The Today News USA

Chat: Jodie discussed her latest film The Last Duel, telling Graham: ‘It was playful and confusing because we were shooting takes simultaneously’

, Andie MacDowell admits it ‘wasn’t easy’ playing daughter Margaret Qualley’s ‘cruel’ on-screen mum, The Today News USA

Fabulous: Meanwhile, Billy discussed his showstopping red carpet ensembles, revealing: ‘It’s fun and this is who I am. I grew up in the black church in America which is a fashion show’

‘When Matt opened the door he said, “What the hell were you doing?” He had watched everything on the CCTV camera.’

Texas meanwhile performed their new single Unbelievable for the studio audience, before joining Graham on his famous sofa to chat about their 10th album and upcoming tour. 

The Graham Norton Show airs Friday 8th October on BBC One and BBC iPlayer.

, Andie MacDowell admits it ‘wasn’t easy’ playing daughter Margaret Qualley’s ‘cruel’ on-screen mum, The Today News USA

Starstruck: Elsewhere Daisy asked what it was like working with Friends star Matt LeBlanc in episodes

, Andie MacDowell admits it ‘wasn’t easy’ playing daughter Margaret Qualley’s ‘cruel’ on-screen mum, The Today News USA

What a talent: Texas meanwhile performed their new single Unbelievable for the studio audience, before joining Graham on his famous sofa to chat about their 10th album and upcoming tour