“Maid” review: a star is born to Margaret Qualley

Based on the memoir of Stephanie Land, the Netflix miniseries is compelling for its performances and the exploration of the damage caused by the endless circle of abuse.

Watch the extraordinarily captivating limited series Housemaid, we are once again struck by the difference in the lives of domestic workers in India and the United States. They are practically worlds apart. The protagonist Alex (Margaret Qualley) has a track record outside of her background in the form of government aid, student loans, and education. This is something that no domestic worker in India can aspire to in their wildest dreams.

Once you put that chasm of difference aside, you’re quickly drawn into Alex’s world as she leaves her abusive boyfriend Sean (Nick Robinson), along with her two-and-a-half-year-old daughter Maddie (Rylea Nevaeh Whittet), in the middle of the night.

Without any skills (Bryan Mills, where are you?) And a complicated process to get government help, which seems straight out of Socket-22, Alex turns to Value Maids, a cleaning service for the wealthy. Her pragmatic boss, Yolanda (Tracy Vilar), explains the ground rules to her and sends her on her way.

As Alex cleans graceful mansions with murderous views, she discovers the people she works for, including Regina (Anika Noni Rose), a prominent lawyer and a bizarre barefoot burglar who was abused as a child. Seeing Regina crumble on Thanksgiving, Alex realizes that money is not a barrier to unhappiness and exploitation.


  • Episodes: 10
  • Designer: Molly Smith Metzler
  • With: Margaret Qualley, Nick Robinson, Anika Noni Rose, Tracy Vilar, Billy Burke, Andie MacDowell, Rylea Nevaeh Whittet, Xavier De Guzman, Raymond Ablack, BJ Harrison, Aimee Carrero, Mozhan Marnò
  • Storyline: A young woman builds a life for herself and her daughter after leaving an abusive relationship

Simultaneously, we learn about Alex’s strained relationship with his father, Hank, (Billy Burke) and his free-spirited mother, Paula (Andie MacDowell), who is undiagnosed bipolar. Alex takes the time to accept that she is a victim of domestic violence, because Sean has not (yet) hit her, and emotional abuse is considered violence just like physical violence. As Danielle (Aimee Carrero), who stays in the same domestic violence shelter as Alex, puts it, “Before they hit you, they hit near you.”

Alex’s journey to self-actualization is paved with friends such as Denise (BJ Harrison) who runs the shelter and Nate (Raymond Ablack) whose help isn’t completely selfless. Thanks to Regina, Alex can have Tara (Mozhan Marnò), a tough lawyer in his corner.

According to the memoir of Stephanie Land, Housekeeper: hard work, low wages and a mother’s will to survive, the show is captivating for the performances and the exploration of the damage caused by the endless circle of abuse. While the show is a revelation about living below the poverty line, thankfully without resorting to poverty porn, one has to wonder how much Alex’s experience would have been different if she hadn’t. summer white.

Motherhood is also a strong motive in the show. Alex’s whole reason for being is to give Maddie a good life, but she’s also Paula’s mother, who needs to be saved from herself.

Qualley carries the show on her shoulders, and the work she’s put into forming a relationship with four-year-old Whittet shows the chemistry between the two. That Whittet is cute as a button is an added bonus. MacDowell, Qualley’s real mother, because Paula created a wonderfully realized character. Who can suppress the shake of recognition when she says, “I just caught a wave that I couldn’t handle”?

Despite all the dark spaces Alex has to walk through and the toilets she has to clean, in the final tally Housemaid is optimistic; we rejoice with Alex and Maddie as they climb the hill on their way to college and a scholarship in Missoula. It’s time to snap some fingers for Alex.

Maid is currently streaming on Netflix