I’ve scanned an interview Maggie did for The Herald Magazine last month (January 2010). And have also added a little clipping from the Dutch magazine Glossy – thanks to Aniek for scanning it.
And she goes where there’s work.
Maggie Gyllenhaal is refreshingly balanced. Sure, she might have to travel to film on location, but it doesn’t sound like she’d have it any other way if it keeps her life normal. The quirky actress says that her and her husband aren’t exactly like Brad and Angelina, and she strives to have her kids lead average lives.
Even though Maggie was nominated for the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for Crazy Heart, she doesn’t get to dictate when and where her movies are filmed. That sounds pretty typical, but keep in mind that she’s comparing herself to only the biggest names out there.
“If we were Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, we could say, ‘Oh yes, I’ll make that movie, but it must be in New York and it must be filmed before mid-summer break,’ but we’re not,” Maggie mused.
“If Martin Scorsese calls and tells me I need to be in Nova Scotia for six months, then I probably need to do that,” she admitted.
It’s the common problem of working in a job that pays the big much for you to be inconvenienced. Almost freeze in the tundra? Film in Europe? Get naked? If you’re an actor, this stuff can be just part of the job.
At least Maggie’s doing her best to keep her daughter’s life stable. She tries to emulate how she grew up, because her parents worked in the biz, but they didn’t get into the glam side of life.
“I think my daughter’s life will be more like that, although I’m trying to keep it as laid-back and calm as possible for her,” Maggie said.
Entertainment Industries Council (EIC) has on Thursday, February 18, announced the nominees of the 14th Annual Prism Awards, unraveling that Maggie Gyllenhaal and Robert Downey Jr. will be competing in the same category. The “Crazy Heart” beauty and the leading man of “The Soloist” are both nominated for Performance in a Feature Film.
Both of them are vying for the title against their co-stars. Maggie, who is the only actress receiving the nomination in the particular category, is up against leading man Jeff Bridges, while Robert will have to battle it out with fellow star Jamie Foxx. They are also listed alongside “Brothers” star Tobey Maguire.
Experiencing similar situation as Maggie are Toni Collette and Edie Falco. Toni gets the nomination for Performance in a Comedy Series along with Dan Castellaneta, Hector Elizondo, Neil Patrick Harris and Tony Shalhoub, and Edie lands the Performance in a Drama Series Multi-Episode Story Line nod against Bryan Cranston, John Mahoney, Kevin McKidd and Aaron Paul.
Other nominees include “Grey Gardens” co-stars, Drew Barrymore and Jessica Lange. The pair nabs Performance in a TV Movie or Miniseries nomination, in which they are up against Kimberly Elise of “Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story“, Rosie O’Donnell of “America” and Sigourney Weaver of “Prayers for Bobby”
Prism Awards honors actors, movies, music, media and television’s top shows that accurately depict and bring attention to substance abuse and mental health issues. The nominations were made public by EIC CEO Brian Dyak. The gala ceremony revealing this year’s winners will take place at the Beverly Hills Hotel on April 22.
Maggie Gyllenhaal has been a Spirit Awards darling (“Secretary,” “Happy Endings”), a Golden Globe nominee (“Sherrybaby,” “Secretary”) and a superhero’s girlfriend (“Batman Begins”). But the 32-year-old actress had never been an Oscar nominee – and didn’t think her turn in “Crazy Heart” as Jean Craddock, a single mother and journalist who falls for an alcoholic country singer many years her senior (Jeff Bridges), was going to change that. That is, until the academy surprised many observers by nominating her for supporting actress. Over lunch in Beverly Hills, the actress talked about May-December romances, her love for Penelope Cruz and her ongoing battle not to read pieces like this.
Question: Before the Oscar nominations were announced, many pundits had laid out the supporting actress field and your name wasn’t on their lists. Was that your feeling too?
Answer: “It’s sort of funny. I really did get to a place of ‘What are awards anyway, and do they really matter?’ To really have come to terms with that and then get nominated for an Academy Award (she laughs). It’s a little confusing. But mostly I’m trying to have fun. Someone told me that Helen Mirren said that getting nominated for an Academy Award is like living in a fantasy bubble – it bursts when you don’t win or, if you do win, the day after. So either way it ends in a month.
Maggie Gyllenhaal has just nabbed one of the greatest honors an actor can have — an Academy Award nomination, for her supporting role in Crazy Heart. But instead of being a nervous first-time nominee, Maggie says she’s excited to enjoy the ride! “That’s my goal; I would like to have fun,” Maggie told OK! and other reporters at AARP The Magazine’s ninth annual Movies for Grownups Awards, honoring Robert De Niro in Beverly Hills.
Maggie adds that part of her relaxed attitude is due to the fact that the Oscar is her only chance to win an award for the role.
“I wasn’t nominated for anything else for this movie, so on some level, I let go of the award stuff,” she admits. “I did sort of go through the thing, ‘Oh, awards aren’t everything,’ and then to be nominated was kind of a little mind trip.”
But what about that all-important aspect of every awards ceremony — the dress?
“I am going to have a fitting when I go back home to New York,” Maggie revealed to OK!. “I saw some pictures of some beautiful dresses, and I’m going to try them on.”
And although her husband, Peter Sarsgaard, wasn’t nominated for his great work in An Education this year, Maggie says he’s still her biggest fan and supporter.
“He said he felt like he was nominated because I was. I really do understand what he means,” dishes Maggie. “I think it could have so easily been the other way around, and I think it would have been great that way, too.”
The couple’s 3-year-old daughter, Ramona, doesn’t quite understand how famous her parents really are, however.
“I have explained some of it because she asked me the other day, ‘What’s Crazy Heart?’ Because people come up and say that they have seen it and that they like it,” Maggie explains.
She’ll understand when she grows up, we’re sure of it — especially if her mom wins on March 7!
It’s all about change at the Oscars this year. As well as expanding the Best Picture category to 10 movies, nominees are facing another twist: They must prepare two speeches to avoid boring the audience.
The stars up for the film world’s highest accolades, including Meryl Streep, George Clooney, Sandra Bullock and Jeff Bridges, gathered on Monday for the annual Oscar-nominees luncheon in Beverly Hills to hear tips from the show’s producers on giving the 45-second acceptance speeches.
Oscar co-producer Bill Mechanic said the teary-eyed “thank-yous” are “the single most-hated thing on the show,” reports Reuters.
The solution is to have the winners give two speeches: one onstage telling audiences what winning an Oscar means to them, and a second backstage for a “Thank You Cam,” where winners can say “Thanks” to whomever they want.
“Share your passion on what the Oscar means to you” with the audience, co-producer Adam Shankman told nominees at the luncheon.
He said the backstage video would be posted on the Web, and winners could use them however they liked — e-mail them to their friends and even post them on their Facebook pages.
Just in case the nominees didn’t understand the producers, they showed a videotape of past winners, including Renée Zellweger, talking about what winning meant to them.
Another change to the ceremony involves the statuettes’ nameplates. Rather than waiting weeks for their nameplate to be fixed to their award, winners will have the nameplates engraved at the gala Governors Ball following the ceremony.
NEW YORK — When the nominations for the 82nd annual Academy Awards were announced Feb. 2, there was one bona fide surprise acting nomination: Maggie Gyllenhaal for best supporting actress in writer-director Scott Cooper’s “Crazy Heart.” In the tradition of Laura Linney in “The Savages” or Marcia Gay Harden in “Mystic River,” Ms. Gyllenhaal, with virtually no precursor support from critics organizations during awards season, landed an out-of-nowhere nomination that left just about everybody buzzing.
The Oscars being a kind of family tradition, Maggie joined brother Jake (supporting actor, “Brokeback Mountain”) and mom Naomi Foner (best original screenplay, “Running on Empty”) in the nominees club against the odds, trumping such favorites as Samantha Morton (“The Messenger”), Julianne Moore (“A Single Man”) and Diane Kruger (“Inglourious Basterds”) for the coveted spot in the final five.
It was a foregone conclusion that veteran performer Jeff Bridges would land among the nominees for best actor, having justifiably received the lion’s share of critical praise for his towering turn as grizzled country musician “Bad” Blake (he is the favorite to win on Oscar night). Ms. Gyllenhaal’s beleagured single-mother journalist Jean Craddock has flown decidedly under the radar until now. It is the benchmark of any great character actress to be able to achieve this kind of subtlety and nuance opposite showier turns such as Bridges’.
Jean is a bit of a mystery in “Crazy Heart.” We know she’s had bad luck with men. We know she has a young son. She has a fledgling career as a music journalist. Other than that, Ms. Gyllenhall wisely chooses to leave a few deliberate loose ends dangling in the wind, making Jean a little bit of a mystery but also positing her directly in the moment.