Maggie has done yet another appearance this time she showed up at the launch of Zac Posen‘s Target collection, looking stunning as ever.
After Loft’s preview on Wednesday, stars like Maggie Gyllenhaal, Alexis Bledel and Mena Suvari filed into The Bowery Hotel for a party, which featured Alexa Chung on the turntables and a set by indie band Ra Ra Riot. WWD caught up with Gyllenhaal to talk about the collection, dressing for red-carpet events and the joys of not wearing a bra.
WWD: Why did you come tonight?
Maggie Gyllenhaal: Kate [Young] is a friend of mine and she asked me to come. I usually work with [stylist] Leslie Fremar, but Kate styled me once for this ‘Independent Lens’ special on PBS. I had to introduce 30 movies and wear a different outfit for each one. And we got to really like each other.
WWD: Had you been familiar with Loft before this party?
M.G.: No, not at all. I think this is quite a departure from what they were doing before.
WWD: What do you think of this collection?
M.G.: It’s simple and chic. Take this sweater — you could wear it anywhere. And I love the stripes.
WWD: What’s the look you’re going for these days?
M.G.: I’m really interested in late Seventies — a 1979 Helmut Newton, Yves Saint Laurent [vibe].
WWD: You’ve worn labels like Dries van Noten and Lanvin recently on the red carpet. Do you wear those labels day-to-day?
M.G.: No, I usually dress very practically. I have a three-year-old. I bought this [Acne] dress today because you don’t need a bra with it and I can wear it anytime I want to go out to dinner. That’s what I’m looking for [as a consumer]. The things that I have that are outrageous and wild, and are made by fancy designers are usually things that I wore to something and were given to me. It’s hard to reappropriate those pieces into your everyday wardrobe.
Donnie Darko director Richard Kelly revealed he is very proud of the success Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal have gone on to have.
The Box director cast the now Oscar-nominated stars in his film in 2001 when they were virtually unknown.
Kelly revealed: “It was Jake’s second or third film I believe, and it was Maggie’s first film, and I just feel blessed to have gotten to be a part of their lives right at the very beginning.”
He added: “If Donnie Darko helped kind of shine a light on their talent and provide opportunities for them, it does make me very proud of them. I’m sure they would have found success regardless because of who they are. I feel so happy for them and see them both nominated for Oscars in different roles, to be doing so well and having these amazing careers.”
But Kelly revealed there was a time he thought Donnie Darko would never get released.
He said: “I always knew that I had something special, but when the film was initially released everyone said that it was a mess, it was incoherent, it was unreleasable. I remember when we showed it at Sundance for the first time. There was so much negativity, I just thought the film might not ever see the light of day.
“So to see it be rediscovered and to see it build into such a phenomenon over almost 10 years now, is something that’s been a huge deal for me.”
Emma Thompson has revealed she bonded with Nanny McPhee co-star Maggie Gyllenhaal by inviting her to Sunday lunch.
The Oscar-winner – mother to ten-year-old daughter Gaia with husband Greg Wise – told how she created a family atmosphere on the set of her latest movie by cooking for Maggie, her husband Peter Sarsgaard and their three-year-old daughter Ramona.
Emma said: “We saw people [socially] – Maggie Gyllenhaal in particular, who’d come over with her family, her little daughter and her husband, you know, Sunday lunches and all of that.”
She added: “That’s very much a part of the way I work, especially when people have come a long way to serve a story, you know, you’ve got to look after them and a home-cooked meal is the best way of doing that. I didn’t have the crew over, because I haven’t got room in my house for 150 people, but God knows that I would do if I did!”
Emma, 50, revealed she pretended to drown to entertain the film’s child stars when they had to shoot a scene featuring piglets synchronised swimming, which was to be edited in using special effects.
She revealed: “It was difficult for the children, poor things, because we said, ‘Right, now children, you’re going to be watching some piglets do synchronised swimming in the pond, isn’t that exciting?’ But they’re just looking at a blinking pond with nothing in it.
“So I said, ‘Drag me into the pond and pretend to drown me, because I guarantee that will make them laugh.’ So that’s what they’re laughing at, which just shows you what twisted, vicious little people they are, laughing at me being drowned!”
:: Nanny McPhee And The Big Bang is in cinemas now.
Maggie Gyllenhaal didn’t get much opportunity to work with Emma Thompson on the set of ‘Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang’ but enjoyed ”hanging out” with her in their spare time.
Maggie Gyllenhaal “hung out” with Emma Thompson on the set of ‘Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang’.
The 32-year-old actress admits she didn’t get to do much work with the star, but they still found the time to enjoy one another’s company.
She said: “We did work together on ‘Stranger Than Fiction’ but we never acted together, not even for a second. And even in this movie it’s not much, we don’t do much together.
“We mostly just hung out together. And she was of course on set all the time as producer and writer. But as actresses we didn’t do much work together.”
The star also admits she enjoyed learning the English accent and believes all Americans have a desire to learn how to speak like a Brit.
She said: “I think most Americans when we come to England we just wish we could talk like you guys for a while and I got to do it in this movie! In fact the dialect coach who I worked with worked with my husband Peter Sarsgaard on ‘An Education’ and he was great. I really liked talking in an English accent.”
Maggie Gyllenhaal cried while reading the ‘Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang’ script.
The 32-year-old actress – who plays the role of harassed mother Mrs. Green in the kids’ movie – was drawn to the script because she believes in making good films for children, but her own three-year-old daughter Ramona was too young to see the film.
Speaking at the world premiere of the movie at the Odeon cinema in London’s Leicester Square last night (24.03.10), Maggie told BANG Showbiz: “I do believe it’s important to make movies for kids that are great. My daughter is a little young for this film, but she loves movies and I see how much they sort of soak it all in their little brains.
“But really for me I just wanted to play the part and I wanted to act with Emma. And I cried five or six times while reading the script.”
The star also relished the opportunity to work with British star Emma Thompson, who plays the titular nanny character in the film.
She said: “I think that Emma is a real grown up and I think there are very few people I can say that about. And I hope that one day I can be a real grown up. It’s not that she’s perfect. She’s just really, really committed.”
Despite Maggie being nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role in ‘Crazy Heart’ this year, she has no upcoming projects in the pipeline.