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Celebrating Mother’s Day with Andie MacDowell and Margaret Qualley

A couple of years ago, Golden Globe nominee Andie MacDowell, who is a mother of three children, a son Justin, and two daughters Margaret and Rainey (a musician known as Rainsford, who debuted in 2012 as Miss Golden Globes), posted an archive photo on Instagram. She wrote: “My children including my son are my greatest teachers. My daughters rock! We love and support each other, and we have each other’s back. I am so extremely proud of both of them, their souls and their hearts are bright and beautiful”.

Interestingly, MacDowell is the rare actress who had a chance to work with both daughters. In 2012, her elder daughter Rainey starred opposite her as her on-screen daughter in the film Mighty Fine. And almost a decade later, MacDowell played Margaret’s mother in Maid, a Netflix drama series.
There have been quite a few mother-daughter duos over the years. Years ago, future Miss Golden Globes 2006 Dakota Johnson acted alongside her mother, Melanie Griffith, in 1999’s Crazy in Alabama, the directorial debut of Antonio Banderas, her stepfather. Annie Starke played the younger version of Glenn Close, her real mother’s character in 2017’s The Wife. Vivienne Jolie-Pitt embodied young Aurora in Maleficent with her mother Angelina Jolie in 2014. 
In 2003’s Sylvia, Gwyneth Paltrow played Sylvia Plath while her real mother, Blythe Danner, played Aurelia Plath, the poet’s mother. Meryl Streep worked with her daughter Mamie Gummer in 2015’s Ricki and the Flash, directed by Jonathan Demme.
Maid, co-produced by Margot Robbie’s company LuckyChap for Netflix, was the first film that MacDowell and Qualley made together playing mother and daughter onscreen, but what makes it even rarer is that they both received Golden Globe nominations for their roles in the show. Qualley’s first leading role as a single mother garnered her a nomination for the Best Actress – Television Motion Picture, and MacDowell, who played a middle-aged woman with mental issues, was nominated for Best Supporting Actress – Television. On social media, MacDowell thanked her daughter “for giving this space and opportunity as a scene partner.” She added, “It was hard to watch my daughter work so hard, the hours were excruciating but she was stoic!”

Interestingly, both MacDowell and Qualley grew up far away from Hollywood, and both started their careers as models. Former professional ballerina, Qualley debuted in a Kenzo perfume commercial directed by Spike Jonze and choreographed by Ryan Heffington in 2016, and after signing with IMG Models she hit the runway with Valentino, Chanel, and other fashion brands. Her mother was signed by Elite Model Management at the age of 20 and has modeled for Calvin Klein and been a brand ambassador for L’Oreal since 1986.
This year Qualley will be seen in Sanctuary co-starring Christopher Abbott and director Yorgos Lanthimos’ Poor Things alongside Emma Stone and Willem Dafoe. Moreover, she will embody the iconic Ginger Rogers to Jamie Bell’s Fred Astaire in Fred & Ginger. She is currently starring in Along for the Ride by Sofia Alvarez playing on Netflix.
Qualley, who lives in New York, and MacDowell, who’s residing in Los Angeles, will reunite at the 75th Cannes Film Festival in May. Qualley stars in Claire Denis’ Stars at Noon, her first film in competition. MacDowell will visit Cannes as a guest of L’Oreal, the brand she has represented for more than 35 years. Her breakthrough role (garnering her first Golden Globe nomination) was in Steven Soderbergh’s drama Sex, Lies and Videotape which won the Palme d’Or at the Festival in 1999.