Welcome to Maggie Gyllenhaal Online the ultimate fansite for the academy award nominated actress Maggie Gyllenhaal. You might know Maggie from movies such as Secretary, SherryBaby, The Dark Knight, Nanny McPhee Returns or Crazy Heart You will also be able to see Maggie in the upcoming movie Hysteria Maggie Gyllenhaal Online brings you all the latest news, pictures, videos and everything else related to Maggie and her career.

Was it difficult to work with director Sam Mendes since he is also a good friend of yours?

It wasn’t difficult. In fact, I think one of the most important things about working with a director is finding a way to trust him and feeling like he is seeing you – all the complicated subtle things that you’re doing. So if the director is a friend and you know him already you have both of those elements. Usually you have someone whom you trust and you have someone who sees you. So in my view it only makes it easier.

What have you discovered about motherhood that surprised you the most?

Oh, everything about being a mother has surprised me. I think anyone who is a mother will tell you that.

Is it true you have quit smoking?

Yes, yes it is.

You are seen as a sex symbol across the globe – do you feel like that?

I find myself much sexier than I did when I was 22, partly because I’m so much more in command than I was then. I used to wear the most awful fabrics and not care that they rubbed at my skin. Now I just want to be comfortable and I’ve realised that’s the sexiest thing of all.

Hollywood is obsessed by image. Has it made you more image-conscious?

I have never been someone who is excessively worried about how I look. I’m just a normal girl who thinks it is a pain when I can’t fit into my favourite pair of jeans – but it never bothers me enough to do anything about it. Saying that, we all go through days when we are paranoid about our bodies – it would be ridiculous to say I didn’t.

Everybody does.

Who is your fashion icon?

I would have to say, primarily, Audrey Hepburn. Especially in My Fair Lady. I was dumbstruck by the crown of diamonds. I love that film. She is amazing. I also admire Charlotte Gainsbourg and Julie Christie in their old films.

How would you describe your personal style?

It’s about expressing yourself: who you are and how you feel. Your clothes reflect who you are and what you are feeling inside. I use fashion as a way of thinking about who I am. I hold something up against my body and ask myself, ‘Can I wear this?’ If it doesn’t feel like ‘me’, then I suppose I ask myself why.

Jake Gyllenhaal is your younger brother – do you have any sibling rivalry with him?

I’m so bored with that question. I don’t feel competitive with him any more.

You and Jake did Donnie Darko together. Would you like to work together again?

We’re not planning to do it right now, but maybe at some point in the future. It was a lot of fun before. cns


Posted by Connie on September 24, 2009 under Away We Go,Interviews and commented by 0 people

I promised to scan the Marie Claire magazine as soon as I got it and I’m one to keep my promises, so here’s the scans from Maggie’s fantastic interview and photoshoot for Marie Claire.

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Magazine Scans: Marie Claire UK – October 2009

Posted by Connie on September 23, 2009 under Gallery Updates and commented by 0 people

Maggie Gyllenhaal can’t stop speaking in an English accent.

The American actress – who has a two-year-old daughter Ramona with director husband Peter Sarsgaard – is currently living in the UK while filming ‘Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang’ and admits she is having trouble leaving her character behind at the end of each day.

She said: “I’ve loved being in England. I shot ‘The Dark Knight’ here about two years ago, and then last year Peter shot ‘An Education’ so we’ve been here once a year, for a substantial period of time, for the past two years.

“It’s funny because in the movie I have an English accent and sometimes I keep it going. Peter and I were saying that we are going home and we are going to say little English things and our friends are going to think we are super pretentious!”

Maggie and Peter – who married in May – worked together earlier this year, when she starred in his stage production of ‘Uncle Vanya’ and she admits it was her favourite project to date.

She added to Britain’s Daily Telegraph newspaper: “Doing the play was our wedding present to each other. And I don’t think I’ve ever worked on anything that I have enjoyed more than doing that play with him, although it is difficult doing a play when you have a young child, because you are never there for your baby’s bedtime.”


Posted by Connie on September 23, 2009 under Interviews,Nanny McPhee and commented by 0 people

The Emmy® Award-winning PBS series “Independent Lens” announced today that critically acclaimed actress Maggie Gyllenhaal will host the upcoming 2009/2010 season, making her debut when the series premieres on Tuesday, October 13th, 2009 at 10 PM (check local listings). Past seasons of “Independent Lens” have been presented by award-winning actors Edie Falco, Angela Bassett, Don Cheadle and Susan Sarandon.

“We are very pleased to be working with Maggie Gyllenhaal in this capacity. She is one of the finest actresses working in independent film today. The characters she has created on screen are indelibly crafted in honesty and truth; we are delighted that she will be hosting our upcoming season,” said Series Producer Lois Vossen.

“I’m a passionate believer in the power of independent film. ‘Independent Lens’ filmmakers ignore the rules of commercial programming and spend years pursuing diverse stories about people not normally seen on TV. I am truly honored to present their work as the new host of ‘Independent Lens,’” said Gyllenhaal.

Gyllenhaal made her feature film debut in 1992, alongside Jeremy Irons and Ethan Hawke in “Waterland.” Gyllenhaal received her first Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical for her role in “Secretary” (2002). In 2007, she received her second Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama for “Sherrybaby,” in which she played a female convict struggling to overcome her drug addiction and regain custody of her daughter. Most recently, Gyllenhaal played Rachel Dawes in the Warner Bros. box office hit “Dark Knight” (2008) directed by Chris Nolan and appeared in Sam Mendes’s “Away We Go” in 2009. Next up, Gyllenhaal will star in the dramatic film “Crazy Heart” alongside Jeff Bridges and in “Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang” with Emma Thompson.

This season “Independent Lens” will showcase a powerhouse selection of 27 independent films that bring a unique collection of stories unlike anything else on television. From a vast array of settings — including a cramped New York City apartment filled with a mind-blowing collection of modern art; the world’s largest garbage village in the outskirts of Cairo; the hills of Mongolia, where a Texas family seeks an unconventional treatment for their son’s autism; and Butte, Montana, where five generations intersect with key historical events — “Independent Lens” spans the country and circles the globe, showcasing diverse documentaries about unforgettable people and places. The series kicks off with Megumi Sasaki’s acclaimed and endearing documentary “HERB & DOROTHY,” about a postal worker and his librarian wife whose passion led them to create one of the most priceless collections of contemporary art in the world. “Independent Lens” will have its season premiere on PBS on October 13th, 2009 at 10 PM (check local listings). For more information on the series visit: http://www.pbs.org/independentlens.

Posted by Connie on September 22, 2009 under Headlines & Rumours,Independent Lens and commented by 0 people

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.

Posted by Connie on September 19, 2009 under Media and commented by 0 people

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.

Gallery Links:
Magazine Scans: You Magazine – September 2009

Posted by Connie on September 18, 2009 under Gallery Updates and commented by 0 people

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.”


Posted by Connie on September 16, 2009 under Interviews and commented by 0 people

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’.


Posted by Connie on September 15, 2009 under Interviews,Nanny McPhee and commented by 0 people

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.’

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Posted by Connie on September 13, 2009 under Interviews and commented by 0 people

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.”


Posted by Connie on September 12, 2009 under Interviews and commented by 0 people
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