While most of this season’s TV directors would probably agree that the ongoing COVID pandemic has been the biggest challenge in creating a piece of television, John Wells, who directed and produced Netflix’s “Maid,” had to overcome a different kind of obstacle: working with a 3-year-old.

“Margaret [Qualley] was in every scene and she was acting for two in every scene, because the kid didn’t really want to do what was in the script,” Wells said. “We were constantly spending a lot of time talking about, ‘Well, if you can get her to turn her head here, then I can put something else in her mouth on the other side.’ And then coming up with games. For her to scream, we played the make your loudest mouth game, like who can make a bigger mouth … now that I’ve told you, when you watch it again, you’ll notice that a lot of her tantrums, her head was away from us. Then occasionally, she had a real tantrum and we just shot it.”

Wells shared this story during the Emmy Contending Storytellers Panel for Netflix FYSEE TV, moderated by Variety senior features editor Jenelle Riley. Joining them were the directors (many of whom also wrote, created, produced or starred) of Netflix’s biggest series this year: Natasha Lyonne of “Russian Doll,” S.J. Clarkson of “Anatomy of a Scandal,” Hwang Dong-hyuk of “Squid Game” and Matt and Ross Duffer of “Stranger Things.” All of them shared their own challenges working on their shows, with Hwang revealing the physical (or, more accurately, dental) toll that “Squid Game” took on him.

“I ended up pulling six teeth out of my mouth … during the shoot,” Hwang said. “Another challenge was we weren’t able to keep the set on the soundstage for that long. Lets say, for example, that maze-like staircase, I only had three days to shoot [on it], but that set appears on Episodes 1 to 8, then I had to figure out everything in three days, so I was so nervous … I was so stressed out.”

Watch the full conversation in the video above.