Maid showrunner reveals real reason she said yes to make series Made me angry’

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After landing on Netflix in October, Maid let viewers into Alex’s (Margaret Qualley) heart-wrenching journey as she tried to escape domestic violence with her young daughter. As the miniseries became a global success and climbed into the network’s Top 10 list, the show’s creator Molly Metzler shared the real reason she said yes to creating the series.

As viewers tuned in to watch Alex navigate through life to find safety and security, a lot of people didn’t realise Maid was based on a true story.

The series is the onscreen adaptation of Stephanie Land’s best-selling memoir, Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive.

Showrunner Molly Metzler read the book before she realised the importance and impact it would have once it reached the screens.

Speaking to Deadline, Metzler said: “I was unbelievably honoured to get to read it, I think I sort of in the right place, at the right time.

“I am a mom and I just written a play about motherhood and that everyone in the office had seen, so it felt very kismet that I got the book from John [Wells] and Erin [Jontow].”

She continued: “It made me angry, and I think 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 you should lean in.

“I felt rage you know, I really felt rage and I wanted to share Stephanie’s story.”

Throughout the series, viewers watched in tears as they saw Alex try to overcome challenging hurdles whilst living on the breadline with a four-year-old.

As well as displaying the United States’ complex government assistance system, it was also able to expose the broken support offered to those in need.

Sadly, Alex was forced to work through the difficulties without support as her only friend Tania (Christie Burke) was also close to her abusive ex, Sean (Nick Robinson).

Her father Hank (Billy Burke) was estranged and her mother Paula (Andie MacDowell) had an undiagnosed mental health disorder.

Eventually, Alex was able to get a job as a maid but her pay was often divided between buying supplies she needed for work and buying fuel to get to the job.

Metzler went on to say: “When I started thinking about how to adapt it, the main thing that I knew is going to be hard is that she doesn’t talk to anyone.

“It’s a very solo, very lonely journey, a mother and daughter journey and so early on I started thinking about how to flesh out this world, how do we make more characters and make this a richer feast for the TV.”

Alex was also faced with a brutal custody battle from Sean, who had the backing and financial support of his family.

Thankfully, there was light at the end of the tunnel for the single mother as Sean surrendered custody when he realised he couldn’t care for a child as a closet alcoholic.

Alex was able to start her own cleaning company and was accepted into a college in Montana to study an arts degree.

Although the series was overshadowed by the popularity of Squid Game, Maid was able to wow critics and reach an astonishing score of 94 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.

It also came in fourth place of Netflix’s most-watched original series in 2021, with 67 million viewers in the first 28 days of its premiere.

Maid is available to stream on Netflix

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