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Netflix’s ‘Maid’ Is Based On A True Stories

Maid, a Netflix 10 part series is worth watching for many reasons. It captures domestic violence in a very nuanced almost low key way that explores the waves of repercussions for women ( but also men ) without sensation. It also looks at mental illness through the lens of the mother/daughter relationship.

Andie MacDowell is currently wowing Netflix audiences with her part as Paula in brilliant new series, Maid, which happens to star her real-life daughter, Margaret Qualley, as the lead, Alex.

But away from the family ties within the show, which is based on the New York Times best-selling memoir written by Stephanie Land, the Four Weddings and a Funeral star recently opened up about the heartbreaking story of her own mother that inspired her part in Maid.

The Netflix show has captured the world's attention with its heartbreaking story of a single mother fighting to provide for her daughter. Maid details the life of Alex Russell (Margaret Qualley), a 25-year old woman with a two-year old daughter who has recently fled an abusive relationship with her longterm boyfriend, Sean Boyd (Nick Robinson). In order to survive on her own (and with less than $20 to her name), Alex begins working as a house cleaner to save them from homelessness. The work is unforgiving and gruelling, but she needs to find a way through to provide a better life for her daughter, Maddy.

The 10-episode series has kept viewers on the edge of their seats, with its heartbreaking yet heartwarming plot line and incredibly talented cast. Many have found themselves wondering if the show is based on a true story, and as it turns out, it is.

Speaking to USA today, Andie candidly spoke about her difficult childhood and complex relationship with her mother, who battled alcoholism and mental illness. "My mother was diagnosed with schizophrenia and had shock treatments," she began.

"There wasn't a moment that I knew my mother as a healthy woman. She was always suffering. So I have lived with deep suffering my whole life, and it's also manifested in other ways."

Relating her story back to her character Paula, Alex's mother who suffers from bi-polar and with whom Alex has a turbulent relationship, Andie added: "I understand the complexity of a broken person, a person that you love regardless [of] how difficult they are. So it was a comfortable fit for me."

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