“Actually, a funny thing happened,” Margaret Qualley tells Lynn Hirschberg during her Screen Tests interview, while speaking about auditioning for her role as Pussycat in Once Upon a Time…In Hollywood.
The 25-year-old actress had just been turned down for another part in the film. Her father, Paul Qualley, who lives in Panama, suggested she come visit him.
“He said that I should book a plane ticket, and then I’ll get a Quentin Tarantino movie,” she remembers. “He was saying it with the logic that if I made plans, that life would get in the way and I would have work, you know? He had no idea that there was actually a Quentin Tarantino movie that I had just auditioned for. I did book the ticket and went to see my dad. My third day there, I got a call saying that I had to come back home and do a chemistry read with Brad Pitt. That was crazy that my dad called it and now he feels like he has magical powers. I’m just plugging in every director that I want to work with and be like, ‘Hey dad, will you say this?'”
Qualley also discusses a litany of firsts: her first love, (dance); first CD she ever bought, (N’Sync, she thinks), and her first on-screen crush, Adam Sandler.
“I loved the serious stuff,” she says. “Punch Drunk Love is arguably my favorite movie.”