WILD Profile: Margaret Qualley

Who: Margaret Qualley
Where she’s from: I was born in Montana.
Where she lives: New York City.
What she does: I am a student at NYU. I recently started acting in the new TV series The Leftovers. I write a good bit. And I collect rocks.

Margaret Qualley by Sam Evans Butler for The WILD Magazine

If she could have anyone write the first chapter of her life, it would be:
If it is anyone in the history of the world, I would obviously choose Shakespeare.

Her first love:
My first love was a kitty named Buttons.

What she has learned from her heroines:
“You’re entirely bonkers. But let me tell you a secret. All the best people are.” -Alice.

“Never do anything by halves if you want to get away with it.” -Matilda.

“It’s Leviosa, not Leviosa.” -Hermione Granger.

In conclusion, I have learned from my heroines that I truly wish I were magic.

What she most cherishes in others:

Her favorite memory:
In 11th grade my boyfriend and I missed prom. So, he set up a makeshift prom in his room with a record player and everything. He wore a suit and I wore a frilly pale blue dress and we slow danced in his bedroom.

Her idea of happiness:
Being in love with life.

The most challenging thing for an actor of her age:
To be grounded. I am always falling, literally. I fall and scrape up my knees all the time and think it must be some sort of sign. Or maybe I am just clumsy.

Drama or comedy:

Her most treasured possession:
A scorpion shaped pendant my dad gave me when I was nine. Or Snuggles, my stuffed animal bunny.

The first thing that comes to your mind when I say…North Carolina:
The first thing I thought of was a yard. Then I thought of pancakes.

Her dream character:
I have a strange desire to play a prostitute or a coke head. Or a princess.

What she most dislikes about contemporary culture:
Text fighting and cars, everything about cars.

Where she is happiest:
Last night when I had a bowl of mint chocolate chip ice cream and I watched New Girl. No, I don’t know.

Margaret’s WILD Wish:
Other than flying, I want to move to Paris for a couple of years and learn to speak French.

text by: Isaac Perez Solano

photography by: Sam Evans Butler

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