Netflix’s Maid takes place in Washington State, with most of its towns, including Fisher Island, being fictional, but based on real Washington areas.
In the midst of the dual beauty and gloom of Washington as Alex struggles through poverty in Maid, she gets a job cleaning on the wealthy Fisher Island – but where is the Pacific Northwest location? Starring mother-daughter duo Andie MacDowell and Margaret Qualley as well as Love, Simon’s Nick Robinson, Maid follows young mother Alex Russell as she leaves her abusive boyfriend and fights to survive through poverty while raising her 3-year-old daughter Maddy. The Netflix limited series is based on the best-selling 2019 memoir Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive by Stephanie Land, illuminating the realities of the struggles of poverty and abuse.
Maid is set in Washington State in the modern day, with Alex and her family living in the poverty-stricken areas of Port Hampstead, a coastal town whose main commute is by ferry. The series is true-to-life in depicting the wealth disparities in Washington coastal areas, with many beautiful port towns seeing gaps between the McMansions on the water and the poverty-stricken communities just struggling to survive. The beauty of the Pacific Northwest in films and shows is one that tends to capture the attention of viewers, and Maid articulately uses the locations like Port Hampstead and the wealthy Fisher Island as a way to geographically highlight the economic struggles of Margaret Qualley’s character Alex Russell.