Margaret Qualley biography
Date of Birth: October 23, 1994
Born in Montana to actress Andie MacDowell and model Randy Qualley, Sarah Margaret Qualley was familiar with the entertainment business at an early age, spending time with her mother on numerous film sets. After her parents divorced when she was five, Margaret moved with her mother and two older siblings to North Carolina, where Andie wound up enrolling her two daughters in ballet classes.
Margaret grew passionate about ballet and at 14, left home to study at the North Carolina School of the Arts, a top boarding school for dance. At 15, she went to New York for a summer program at the pretigious American Ballet Theatre, but eventually realized her heart wasn't in it anymore.
She decided to stay in New York and complete her high school education at the Professional Children's School, supporting herself by modeling for catalogues.
Despite her early film set experiences, Margaret didn't consider being an actor until she took an inprov class and fell in love with the process. At 18, while visiting her then-boyfriend Nat Wolff on the California set of the movie Palo Alto
, Margaret was spotted by director Gia Coppola
and cast as Raquel, the romantic rival of the lead character, played by Emma Roberts
Margaret soon found an agent and in 2014, landed a starring role on the HBO series The Leftovers
, playing the daughter of Justin Theroux
's character. The series ran for three seasons and during a break from the show, she played the key role of Amelia Kuttner in the major motion picture The Nice Guys
(2016), starring Russell Crowe
and Ryan Gosling
Also in 2016, she starred in a video for a new perfume, Kenzo World, directed by Spike Jonze. For the audition, he asked her to dance wildly, asking her to be a vampire whose body was taking over. She stomped and crawled to a frenetic dance song called "Mutant Brain" and found out shortly afterwards that she'd landed the role. The video has over nine million views on YouTube.
Margaret has been very busy since The Leftovers
concluded, with a number of roles in major motion pictures. In Novitiate
(2017), she played a young nun opposite Melissa Leo
and a starring role opposite her ex-boyfriend, Nat Wolff
, in Death Note
(2017), which is based on a manga series. In The Vanishing of Sidney Hall
(2018), she plays a role as a quirky girl named Alexandra opposite Logan Lerman
and Elle Fanning
When she's not on location working, Margaret lives in Los Angeles with her older sister Rainey, who's a country singer, and their rescue dog, Books.
Margaret Qualley Filmography