Margaret Qualley Covers HARPER’s BAZAAR October 2023 ‘Voices’ Issue photographed by Amy Troost and styled by Taylor McNeil.
On finding her match in musician and producer, Jack Antonoff:
“I am so happy that I found my person,” Qualley tells me. “And it’s real. It’s amazing. It’s the best feeling in the world. I’m so excited and so at ease all at once.”
On her initial “huge crush” on Antonoff:
In the very early days of their relationship, she flew to Paris to walk in Virginie Viard’s Fall 2021 couture show for Chanel, which she closed in a white high-necked, long-sleeved wedding dress, tossing a bouquet into the audience for the finale. Qualley took the opportunity to flood Antonoff with pictures of herself as a bride. “I had this huge crush on him,” she says, “and it was just like, ‘What do you think?’ ” Not long after, they visited a mutual friend who had just had a child. “I’m holding the baby,” she says, as she mimes cradling the newborn, “and I’m just like, ‘What do you think?’ ”
On feeling as if she’s finally created a home with Antonoff:
“Until about a month before I met Jack, I never had any furniture,” she says. “I would always have these sh*tty little apartments and move around from one place to another with a mattress on the floor and an IKEA lamp. I never made a home at all. I didn’t care; I cared about movies. I would use my sister’s basement in L.A. as a spot to keep my things. But I didn’t invest in that part of my life,” she explains. “It’s really exciting now to be making a home and to have something to care for.” She’s trying, though, not to plan too far ahead. “I just want to do everything with Jack,” she says. “One day I want kids, and I’m not there yet, and I want to keep doing movies. And that’s about all I know.”
On taking on more diverse roles, similar to actresses Michelle Williams and Emma Stone, who refuse to be pigeonholed: “The roles are more diverse,” Qualley says. “I’m getting less scripts about girlfriends and wives than actresses of my mom’s generation did.”
On watching her own movies:
“I like to know. I also like to prepare myself for the worst. I like to make sure that what I’m feeling adds up.”
On wanting to do more before developing her own projects:
“I think a lot of times, if you’re creating something, then a lot of the weight is on you for it to be great.” She is not, though, a reluctant participant in any of it. “This is stuff I wrote in my notebook when I was 16,” she says, “that I would make happen if I had a magic wand.”
On wanting to live constantly on her toes, where whatever happens – the good and the bad, the successes and the failures – all amounts to something. “It has to be a human experience,” Qalley says, “to have the human experience.” As her friend Lana Del Rey sings, when you know, you know.
On her complicated relationships with movies growing up: When Andie went off to do a film, Paul would often be with her and her siblings. “My dad would say that she was going to work on the oil rigs in Texas,” she jokes. She was aware of what her mom did but wasn’t overly enamored with it. “I think I understood enough to be proud of her. At the same time, I didn’t love the whole movie thing when I was a kid. My mom going off to do a movie just meant she’s going to leave town and go kiss some other dude and have a pretend life that I’m not involved in.”
On U.S. Newsstands 10/3.
[Photo Credit: Amy Troost for Harper’s Bazaar Magazine]
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