Margaret Qualley’s first major movie role is in the May 20 release The Nice Guys, with Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe. No big deal.
The Leftovers actress costars in the 1970s-Los Angeles-set action-comedy as Amelia, daughter of a Department of Justice employee (played by Kim Basinger) who is missing and in need of protection. Enter Gosling and Crowe, playing a private eye and a hitman, hired by Amelia’s worried mother for help.
As Qualley tells EW, her first day on set with the actors was nothing short of crazy…and cold.
“We were shooting the scene where I jump on the car and then I run down the car and I shoot at Ryan and Russell. It was 4 a.m. and it was freezing and and it was, I don’t know, 12 degrees with a crazy wind chill, and I’m wearing that little yellow dress,” Qualley said, “which is kind of a funny thing on its own — it takes, like, three people to zip that thing up. The guy that made Marilyn Monroe’s dresses made it, which I thought was so cool, so I was not going to complain about not being able to breathe.”
But for a little added motivation and to help take Qualley’s mind off the constraining wardrobe, Gosling had some confidence-boosting words for the 21-year-old daughter of actress Andie MacDowell.
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“It was all okay because then Ryan said that I was like a superhero,” she says. “So I was like, ‘Well, all right. This makes up for basically dying.’”
The Nice Guys, co-written and directed by Shane Black, also stars Matt Bomer, Ty Simpkins, and Hannibal Buress. Watch our interview with Qualley above.