Adapted from Stephanie Land’s 2019 autobiographical guide Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive, Netflix’s current ten-part mini-series stars Margaret Qualley as Alex, a younger mom who leaves an abusive relationship together with her toddler daughter and tries to make ends meet as a cleaner. The guide was an on the spot success on publication, hitting the higher echelons of the New York Times bestseller chart and even making former president Barack Obama’s Summer Reading List that yr. Speaking to Deadline’s Antonia Blyth, E.P. John Wells—director of the primary two and final two episodes of Maid—revealed that the undertaking got here to his firm virtually by probability.
“We were very fortunate to be given the [book]—along with Lucky Chap, who are our producing partners on this—to take a look at, when it was in its early drafts, by our agents at CAA,” he recalled. “We read it and we were just very moved by it. I think we all have sort of a belief that someone in this situation would at least have some support, and the book clearly outlined just how difficult [Land’s] situation had been.”
Wells gave the guide to Molly Smith Metzler, who was working within the writers’ room for J.W.P’s Shameless on the time. “I was unbelievably honored to get to read it,” she says. “I think I was in the right place at the right time.” Like Wells, she was moved by the story, however she was additionally shaken by the degrees of inequality that also exist in immediately’s society. “It made me angry,” she defined, “and, as a mom, it broke my heart, because it shouldn’t be that hard to provide for your child. It really fired me up, and I couldn’t stop thinking about it—which is generally a sign, as an artist, that you should lean in.”
Watch the video to listen to extra from Metzler, Wells and forged members Margaret Qualley, Andie MacDowell and Nick Robinson.