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Ahead of her birthday, get to know the joyous and bright Margaret Qualley

Get to know the joyous and bright Maragret Qualley

She's an actress who's done it all, from dancing to modelling before finding her power in acting. We love her soft and quirky energy and the way she shatters that in her best-known breakout role in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and her mini-series Maid. Read up on her partnership with Chanel and acting alongside her mother to learn everything about Margaret Qualley.


She comes from the entertainment business

Born on October 28, 1994, she is the daughter of Andie MacDowell and sister of the actress and singer Rainey Qualley. Her father Paul Qualley was also a model in his day.


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She left home to pursue dancing

At age 14, Qualley left home at to board at the North Carolin School of the Arts where she studied dance. She was offered a prestigious position to study at the North Carolina Dance Theatre company, however, she decided not to pursue this, instead moving into modelling. You can check out some of her moves in the Kenzo ad she did with Spike Jonze.


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She made her modelling debut in 2011

Qualley made her modelling debut at age 16 at New York Fashion Week walking for Alberta Ferretti and continued to work with fashion houses Valentino and Chanel.


Her acting debut


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Qualley's first role was in Gia Coppola's film Palo Alto in 2013 which she accepted after visiting her then-boyfriend Nat Wolff. Also credited were stars such as Emma Roberts and James Franco. The same year she was cast in the HBO series The Leftovers. Her film roles only continued to grow after she had two films premiere at Sundance in 2017, The Vanishing of Sidney Hall and Novitiate. Her next film, Death Note, was directed by Adam Wingard. One of her biggest roles to date was Pussycat in Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood alongside Leonardo DiCaprio, Bradd Pitt and Margot Robbie.

In 2020, Qualley starred in the feature My Salinger Year, opposite Sigourney Weaver and directed by Philippe Falardeau, which had its world premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival in February 2020. Her recent film Stars at Noon produced by A24 won at Cannes last year.


She acted alongside her mother

In 2021, Qualley starred in the miniseries Maid based on Stephanie Land's memoir for Netflix. When the role of Qualley's character's mother in The Maid had not yet been cast, she took matters into her own hands. She made the case for Andie MacDowell, her Golden Globe-minted mother, to play the role alongside her. This was a profound experience for Qualley, “When you walk into a room and your mum is there, that does something to you,” she says. “Not only do you have permission to touch her like family, but rolling your eyes is a built-in response in the same way that tearing up from a well-timed hug is,” she told Harper's Bazaar.


She has a partnership with Chanel

Alongside startled Lily-Rose Depp and Gossip Girl star Whitney Peak, Margaret Qualley is a long-time Chanel ambassador. She wore a breathtaking look by the Parisian house from the brand's Autumn Winter 2021 couture collection to Cannes in 2022.


Her latest film was a battle of the sexes


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Qualley stars alongside Christopher Abbot in the film Sanctuary, a highly charged psychological thriller that came out in cinemas in May this year. Sanctuary is the latest from producers David Lancaster and Stephanie Wilcox (Whiplash) and (Nightcrawler) telling the story of a dominatrix and her wealthy client over the course of one evening in a hotel room, where the stakes are considerably high.


She got married to Jack Antonoff this year


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Qualley married music producer Jack Antonoff in a ceremony in early August in New Jersey. As is to be expected of the Chanel ambassador, Qualley wore a custom white Chanel halter wedding dress and matching white custom Chanel Mary Jane flats.

A number of Antonoff's famous co-workers were in attendance, including Taylor Swift, Lana Del Rey, Zoë Kravitz and Channing Tatum. Del Ray even wrote a song about Antonoff and Qualley's relationship in the early part of their dating called Margaret.


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