2 new videos has been added to the Video Section. One is the video from behind the scenes of Maggie’s Marie Claire photoshoot, the other is a “Away We Go” related interview.
Maggie is covering You Magazine and I have just added scans of it to the gallery. It’s not new pictures but oh well, Maggie still looks amazing! I’ll make scans of Marie Claire as soon as I get in through the door.
Magazine Scans: You Magazine – September 2009
Maggie Gyllenhaal doesn’t “have motherhood down”.
The 31-year-old actress – who has two-year-old daughter Ramona with husband Peter Sarsgaard – worries she is not giving her child the best start in life because she still works.
She explained: “I want to give my daughter the same gift that my mom and my grandmother gave to me, which is the knowledge that, as a woman, I can do anything professionally and personally. I have everything open to me. But that doesn’t mean it’s going to be easy.
“I continue to make lots of sacrifices to make sure my daughter feels comfortable, or at least as comfortable as she can. But I can’t and don’t pretend I have it down.”
Maggie she finds the challenge of motherhood “complicated”, and often feels pained when she leaves Ramona to go to work.
She thinks it would be easier for her daughter if her job had more structured hours, and so has decided only to commit to films which make the wrench of leaving home worth it.
She told Working Mother magazine: “Sometimes I fantasise about staying home with Ramona all day, so that I don’t miss a thing in this amazing two-year-old’s life.
“I’m an artist; I love my job. I feel very, very lucky to be in the position where going to work means I’m feeding myself. As a mother, you have to make sure you do that because that will nourish your child too.”
Maggie Gyllenhaal was given a pamphlet of acting tips by Emma Thompson.
The 31-year-old starlet – who is working alongside the British actress in the upcoming comedy ‘Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang’ – was given a set of notes from the renowned movie star to help improve her acting skills.
Maggie revealed: “Early on, Emma gave me a couple of notes. And she’s not directing me, she’s acting with me! If some other actor started giving me notes I would tell them to f**k off – there is not one actor I would allow that from. But they were fantastic notes – clear and totally helpful.”
Rather than taking the advice as a criticism of her ability, Maggie decided to make the most of Emma’s helpful comments and learn from the invaluable guidance.
She explained: “I just thought to myself, ‘She’s teaching me and I’d be an idiot not to accept it.’ And Emma’s what, 50? It would be silly of me not to acknowledge that she knows more than I do.”
‘Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang’ is due for release in 2010 and is a sequel to the 2005 hit ‘Nanny McPhee’.
The storyline was adapted by Emma – who will reprise her role as the title character – from the Christianna Brand books ‘Nurse Matilda’.
Maggie Gyllenhaal, a dyed-in-the-wool New Yorker, has immersed herself in London life over the past four months while filming her latest movie here. She’s expanded her circle of British friends, enrolled her daughter in a local playgroup, trooped around Tate Modern and various other art galleries and explored London’s bustling street markets so comprehensively she could probably write her own guidebook.
‘Portobello Road is great, obviously. The Columbia Road flower market is so cool,’ she says, ticking them off on her fingers. ‘And Borough Market for food, that’s really great.’
Today we meet in her favourite restaurant in Holland Park – and the staff welcome her like a long-lost sister. ‘Yeah, it’s like my local,’ she giggles. She knows the waitresses so well that she interrupts our chat when she sees one of them in tears.
‘I have to go over and see if she’s all right,’ she says.
Perhaps that’s the mothering instinct, which Maggie, 31, admits has overwhelmed her since the birth of her daughter, Ramona, who will be three in October and is at home with her father, Maggie’s husband, the actor Peter Sarsgaard, in the ‘big, beautiful house’ they’re renting.
‘Oh, motherhood is all-consuming,’ she says. ‘I remember people saying, “Believe me, everything in your life is going to change…” And I thought, “Why? That’s such a bourgeois way of thinking.” And then you have a child and yes, everything changes. It affects the way we live, what we do and where we go – everything. And I wouldn’t have it any other way.’
Maggie Gyllenhaal stepped out from brother Jake’s shadow when she starred in the 2002 sadomasochistic comedy Secretary. The 31-year-old mom-of-one went on to become a Hollywood star in such films as Sherrybaby, Trust the Man and The Dark Knight. Maggie wrote a thoughtful article for Working Mother, focusing on how she juggles her love for working with her love for her 2 1/2-year-old daughter Ramona.
“Growing up in Los Angeles, I was surrounded by plenty of working moms, including my grandmother, a pediatrician, and my mother, a writer and producer. This seemed very natural to me. I just thought, Well, that’s what moms do. They work and raise their kids. I was brought up to believe I could do anything I wanted professionally and, of course, be a mother at the same time—but I’m finding that it’s complicated. It requires a lot of thought and planning, and I haven’t figured it out yet.
Now that I have my own daughter, there are definitely times I think, Why do I have a job? Sometimes I fantasize about staying home with Ramona all day, so that I don’t miss a thing in this amazing 2-year-old’s life. But I’m an artist; I love my job. And I work on projects that inspire me. I feel very, very lucky to be in the position where going to work means I’m feeding myself. As a mother, you have to make sure you do that, because that will nourish your child, too.
I am happy that Ramona has a real, strong, deep connection with me. But it’s difficult to keep this up when I’m making a movie and working 14 hours a day—managing both isn’t easy. So the best I can do is to try to figure it out on a project-by-project basis. Since Ramona was born, I’ve searched for scripts that justify being away from her all day. Although in the past I may have accepted roles that I found kind of interesting, now the role has to be amazing to be worth being away from my daughter. Lately, when I consider a role, I ask myself: Is this good for my child as well as good for me? Sometimes it’s not. And so what do you do? Do you do it anyway? It’s very difficult for me to say yes to a project if it’s not going to be a good experience for Ramona, too.
She’s in the phase of being very attached to me, and that makes me wonder all the more whether the inconsistency of my job is difficult for her. I think that if she were able to know, for example, that every day after breakfast I will leave for work, and every day after her nap I will be home from work, it would be a lot easier for her.
Instead, I’m here all the time, every day, for long stretches of time, and then I disappear completely for four days. That’s something that her dad [actor Peter Sarsgaard] and I struggle with.
I find that the older Ramona gets, the more comfortable she is when she’s in her own bed, when she has a more consistent schedule and when she sees the same people every day. To help her have more consistency, we started her in a preschool program. I’d say I spent all of last fall researching which schools I wanted to apply to for her. I put more energy into that than almost anything I can think of recently.
While her dad was doing a play on Broadway, we had a routine going. We were all home here in Brooklyn, which was really wonderful. But this kind of consistency is fleeting for actors, and I haven’t found balance in my life yet. I’m still struggling to find it. It’s incredibly difficult. I continue to make lots of sacrifices to make sure my daughter feels comfortable, or at least as comfortable as she can. But I can’t and don’t pretend I have it down.
One huge help has been my mother. She came to take care of Ramona while I worked on a movie recently. She stayed for a couple of weeks, and she was unbelievable, an absolute lifesaver. She told me: “I want to give you something I never had. I want to give you the luxury of knowing that your child is absolutely safe and being cared for and loved so that you can go do what you need to do and be totally free.” She gave me that for that couple of weeks, and I needed it so badly. I needed to go and do something for myself.
It’s important for children to know that their parents are fulfilled, expressing themselves and happy in their own lives. I want to give my daughter the same gift that my mom and my grandmother gave to me, which is the knowledge that, as a woman, I can do anything professionally and personally. I have everything open to me. But that doesn’t mean it’s going to be easy.”
Added the pictures of Maggie presenting Dries Van Noten FIT’s Couture Council Awards the other day.
2009 Public Appereances: Maggie Gyllenhaal presents Dries Van Noten FIT’s Couture Council Awards
On the afternoon of Wednesday, Sept. 9, right on the heels of getting the CFDA’s International Designer of the Year award last year, the Belgian designer Dries van Noten received FIT’s Couture Council Award for the Artistry of Fashion at Cipriani 42nd Street. His presenter was the actress Maggie Gyllenhaal, who arrived in a lovely violet skirt and blouse in a myriad of floral and leopard prints (typical for Mr. van Noten).
Ms. Gyllenhaal was approached by a tabloid reporter who asked her if her little daughter, 2-year-old Ramona, likes rummaging through her closet.
“I’m sorry, who are you interviewing me for?” Ms. Gyllenhaal asked. The Transom couldn’t quite make out the answer, but then overheard: “Oh, you know, I’m sorry. The ones with the paparazzi pictures I just try to avoid,” she said, starting to move away. “I know it’s not your fault.”
Ms. Gyllenhaal told the Transom that she would not be attending Fashion Week because her daughter is starting school, but wanted to be here for Mr. van Noten. “I’m a huge fan of Dries’ clothes. I love them. I wear them all the time. I think he’s my favorite. I felt like he’s given me so many beautiful clothes and designed things for me and I really wanted to give something back to him.”
They’re not lunch buddies or anything. “I don’t think we’ve ever actually met! We always talk on the phone,” she said.
Nearby, the designer Phillip Lim was making the rounds. Mr. Lim is doing a men’s and a women’s show this year. “Being here is surreal right now. I just gussied myself up and ran from the fittings,” he said.
Kalamazoo Film Society presents “Away We Go,” starring Maya Rudolph, John Krasinski, Jeff Daniels, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Allison Janney, Friday through Sunday, Sept. 11-13, in the Little Theatre at Western Michigan University.
Show times are 7 and 9:30 p.m. Friday; 4:30, 7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday; and 2:30, 5 and 7 p.m. Sunday. General admission is $5 and $3 for students with a valid ID.
This funny and heartfelt film follows the journey of a young expecting couple as they travel the nation in search of the perfect place to put down roots and raise their family. Along the way, they have misadventures and find fresh connections with assorted relatives and old friends who just might help them discover the true meaning of home.
Directed by Sam Mendes, the 2009 film is shown in English. It has a run time of 98 minutes and is rated R for adult language and some sexual content.
Maggie Gyllenhaal’s new movie has put her off having more children.
The ‘Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang’ actress – who plays a struggling mother in the 2010 comedy – found working with five young co-stars and animals exhausting.
She explained: “I’m playing a mom at her wits end – tripping over things, with things falling on my head. That kind of physical comedy is exhausting. Especially working with five kids. And sometimes animals.”
The 31-year-old beauty, who has two-year-old daughter Ramona with her husband Peter Sarsgaard, loves being a mother but admits it is very different from how she expected.
She told Britain’s Marie Claire magazine: “Before my daughter was born, I was all, ‘I’m only going to feed her organic food, I’m only going to give her cloth diapersâ€¦’ And then, once you have a real child who is starving on a plane, you give them a bag of potato chips because that’s all there is, and they’re OK and it’s fine.”
Since becoming a mother, Maggie has learnt to enjoy the simple things in life – including a recent family holiday at Babington, a small village in Somerset, England.
She said: “We went to Babington House, we walked through the vegetable garden and we ate peas.
“I’ve learned that the most extraordinary, most remarkable thing is not necessarily the thing that makes me happy. What makes me happy might actually be something that is more calm and usual.”