While she may not appear in It’s Complicated, Maggie Gyllenhaal felt a special personal connection to the romantic marital comedy – because of her own parents’ recent divorce after 30 years of marriage, the actress told a private, star-studded gathering Tuesday.
Gyllenhaal said she laughed and cried throughout the movie, which stars Meryl Streep and Alec Baldwin as a couple trying to sort out their relationship after their legal split. “I’m kind of in the thick of all that, and it’s nice to laugh about it a little,” said Gyllenhaal, who presented the It’s Complicated stars with the best ensemble cast award at the National Board of Review Awards, at Cipriani’s 42nd Street in Manhattan.
Gyllenhaal, 32, also said that she and her mom, 63-year-old screenwriter Naomi Foner, who on Christmas Eve split from director Stephen Gyllenhaal, recently dished about men over a bottle of wine, “which we never would have done before she got divorced. She told me about the sexy Zen Buddist Ping-Pong-playing married carpenter who had been hitting on her.”
Gyllenhaal proved delightfully open with the audience at Tuesday’s ceremony, where the assembled included George Clooney, his Up in the Air costar Vera Farmiga, Gabourey Sidibe, Morgan Freeman and Woody Harrelson.
“I’m not the most objective audience for the movie, because my parents, who have been married for thirty years are getting divorced,” Gyllenhaal told everyone.
And though there were plenty of parallels between her family’s situation and the movie, Gyllenhaal did joke about one major difference: “I don’t think [my parents are] sleeping together anymore.”