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It’s not a great stretch to imagine Maggie Gyllenhaal in a film with sexual overtones.

After all, she first came to the attention of many of us with her weirdly smoldering performance in “Secretary.” Now she’s co-starring in “Hysteria,” a film about the events, in late-19th century London, that led to the invention of the vibrator.

Gyllenhaal had no trouble imagining it, or taking part in it. At a recent interview about “Hysteria,” she said, in her husky voice, “A lot of the movies I make have a lot to do with sexuality, because I’m interested in sexuality, and so is everybody else. I think that, for example, a sex scene can be like a soft core porn-looking thing, or it can be an amazing opportunity for a different kind of acting and communicating, which is what it can be in real life, too. I don’t know if porn speaks to that, but there are a lot of movies that do offer an opportunity to see what’s in a woman’s mind, sexually.”

Oddly, Gyllenhaal doesn’t have any sex scenes in “Hysteria.” The dramatic comedy focuses on a doctor and his associate (Jonathan Pryce and Hugh Dancy), who cater to women suffering from what science has since proved to be the imaginary disorder called hysteria – a condition that, in the based-on-fact story, could only be dealt with successfully by inducing utterly non-sexual orgasms in the doctors’ office.

Gyllenhaal plays the Pryce character’s daughter, a rowdy, outspoken woman who’s an early purveyor of women’s liberation.

“I really liked the character,” she said. “I also thought the script was great, and I was interested in how the vibrator was invented. That’s how it is with me. I’ll read something, and sometimes it’ll just pull me in and I’ll think I really have to do that. That’s how I felt about this when I read it.”

Though she appeared to be totally relaxed talking about the film, she admitted that it’s not all that easy when discussing it with friends.

“When I tell people what the movie is about, and try to think of what words to use,” she said, with a giggle, “that catches me up a little.

“We shot my scenes first and then I left, but we were all wondering, ‘How are you gonna do that?’” she added, referring to sequences where middle-aged Victorian women are eagerly climbing onto examination tables and doctors are literally warming up their hands. “We were all blushing and giggling about what these women were doing. I don’t think people talk about it very much and I think it does still make us kind of flushed and uncomfortable.”

But Gyllenhaal admitted that the situation presented in the film is both outrageous and kind of ridiculous when looking at it from a contemporary point of view. She then pointed out that she was referring to her character – Charlotte’s – political stances.

“The things Charlotte says are very simple, politically,” she explained. “They’re things that we all know now, and can all agree with, like women are equal. Nothing she says is radical now. So I wanted those simple political things to be like the life in her body. I wanted her to be excited and happy and overwhelmed with a passion for those things, as opposed to didactic. I wanted her to be like a dervish, like a wild person who could have been from anytime. But because of the perspective of the movie, which is a comedy, I felt that she could be sort of a magical person in the way she said the things she says.”

Asked what her husband, Peter Sarsgaard (who’s about to play the pornographer Chuck Traynor in the film “Lovelace”), thought of her being in this film, she said, “We’re both actors, and we’ve done two plays together. Being onstage with him, night after night, we both realized that we respect each other, and we think very similarly about our work. As far as this movie, he’s not a husband who would say, ‘Oh, you can’t make a movie about a vibrator, or don’t take your clothes off.’ I don’t think he would have married me,” she added, laughing.

Then another thought came to her.

“People with vibrator stores kept sending us vibrators while we were making ‘Hysteria.’ By the time I finished the movie I had been sent about 15 vibrators. It was the beginning of a pleasant surprise.”


Posted by Connie on June 5, 2012 under Hysteria,Interviews and commented by 1 people

Ubuntu Education Fund’s annual NYC gala is set to take place on Wednesday, June 6th, and will raise funds to benefit the children of the townships of Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

The gala’s 2012 Host Committee members include Maggie Gyllenhaal, Peter Sarsgaard, Donna Karan, Amandla Stenberg of The Hunger Games and Justin Tuck of the New York Giants.

Ubuntu Education Fund is a nonprofit organization that provides children in South Africa with education and employment opportunities.

This year’s event will also support the charity’s new Early Childhood Development program and U.ME.WE campaign, which aims to raise $30 million over the next three years.

Sponsors for the gala include Blue Ribbon restaurants, Baby J Catering, AriZona, Christie’s Auction House, United Airlines, Heartland Brewery, Starr Africa Rum, Lievland, Magellan Gin, Landhaus, Riazul Tequila, Zyr Vodka, Madiba Restaurant and SCOOP NYC.

Posted by Connie on June 1, 2012 under Headlines & Rumours and commented by 0 people

Maggie Gyllenhaal is stunned by the shock of journalists who have caught early screenings of her new movie about the invention of the vibrator.

The Dark Knight star thought R-rated period comedy Hysteria would be a hoot for critics, but it seems many of them have been left surprised by the film’s risque scenes of uptight women experiencing orgasm.

She tells BlogTalkRadio.com, “I liked the comedy of ladies having loud orgasms in doctor’s offices. I watched this movie once in Rome, just sort of popped my head in, and I’ve talked to a lot of international press in Italy and Scandinavia, all over and I have been surprised by how shocking the movie is to them with the orgasm stuff and women coming and thinking about their bodies that way.

“It came out of not being used to seeing stuff like that. Even I felt that way and the first movie (Secretary) I ever made was an S&M (sadomasochism) movie! I do not think of myself as prudish at all. I’m interested in sex, I’m curious about it and I think of myself as pretty open. But I was surprised by my own response and the audience’s response by how uncomfortable it still makes us.

“I had some interesting conversations with women in Italy. My favourite one was with this woman who asked me, ‘Which one had done more for women and women’s rights movement, the vibrator or the dishwasher?’ I think I have to go with the dishwasher!”


Posted by Connie on May 24, 2012 under Hysteria,Interviews and commented by 0 people

“I’ve made lots of movies about sex,” Maggie Gyllenhaal says soberly. “I feel pretty open and curious and interested. I was surprised to feel as much as I did.”

Ms. Gyllenhaal is remarking on what happened when she watched her new film along with the crowds at the Toronto film festival last year. “I felt like …  people [in the audience] were a little hysterical, flushed. I felt that a little bit, too. I was just surprised that we all as a culture are so unused to seeing or talking about women having orgasms. I didn’t expect to feel that way.”

While only inspired by historical fact, “Hysteria,” set in Victorian London, focuses on two doctors who specialize in the treatment of an amorphous female condition given the catch-all term that also serves as the movie’s title. Dr. Mortimer Granville (Hugh Dancy) and Dr. Robert Dalrymple (Jonathan Pryce) find that stimulating a “paroxyism” (i.e. orgasm) in the female can relieve them of their nervousness, depression or other such feelings of malaise. But the intensity of the work – there are many shots of poor Dr. Granville soaking his hands in ice water – leads the younger doctor to stumble on the invention for the first “personal massager” (i.e. vibrator).

Having starred in many a steamy scene, including those of the quirky S&M drama “Secretary,” Gyllenhaal has no problem with a frank discussion on sexual politics. Given that “Hysteria” is released only a few years after Sarah Ruhl’s Tony-nominated play “In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play)” which also covers the topic of Victorian vibrators, she’s happy to speculate as to why we’re seeing such an interest in that era of sexual repression and eventual awakening.

“Maybe we’re just ready to starting thinking about women’s sexuality and pleasure in a way that we hadn’t been before,” she offers. “What I keep thinking is interesting is that [these Victorian doctors] in the movie have this really difficult job of walking this line between believing that they are performing a medical procedure that has nothing to do with sexuality. At the same time, people have been having sex since there have been people. Orgasms are associated with sexual pleasure. Like, how dissociative do you have to be to think that this has nothing to do with sex?”


Posted by Connie on May 24, 2012 under Hysteria,Interviews and commented by 0 people

Weeks before the birth of her second daughter, Gloria, Maggie Gyllenhaal is, quite literally, barefoot and pregnant.

She kicks her feet up, makes herself comfortable on a couch, and smiles a bit distractedly. She’s got baby brain and has been nesting at home.

“I tried to get a little dressed up today for this,” says Gyllenhaal, dressed in loose black pants and a top. “I find that my brain is a little slower pregnant.”

Now, Gyllenhaal is trying to switch from parenting to promotional mode to talk up her new movie, Hysteria, opening Friday. In the story of how the vibrator was created, Gyllenhaal, 34, plays a women’s rights activist in Victorian London. Her character, Charlotte, is pugnacious, demanding and non-conformist, something Gyllenhaal relished playing.

“Charlotte is kind of a fantasy, a woman’s fantasy of a woman. I wish I could be that brave and be that sure of myself.

“There’s a part of her that’s so strident that she misses some subtleties. She’s shut herself off from love, and I haven’t done that. She likes to cause chaos, she wants to shake it up, and that’s always an appealing quality to see in someone.”

Plus, Charlotte was without question ahead of her time, Gyllenhaal says. “The things she says are what we all believe to be the truth: that an orgasm makes a woman feel good.”

Gyllenhaal is taking a break for the summer, to be home with her newborn, her daughter, Ramona, 5, and her husband, actor Peter Sarsgaard. Eventually, she’ll go back to work on HBO’s version of Jonathan Franzen’s The Corrections, playing another deeply passionate woman.

“Denise is such an interesting character. She changes so much. You think she’s one thing and she becomes another thing. She’s so relatable. It’s so cool to play a chef. She’s very sexual, and food and sex are all combined for her.”

She’s also unsure about what it means to have another child, and how the new addition will affect her life.

“I’m curious to see how much I remember about nursing and changing diapers. About all of it. I have no idea how to do it with two. Having children is the most humbling thing you can do.”

And even though Gyllenhaal and Sarsgaard live a privileged life in New York City, she struggles with the same questions any working mother faces. Can you do it all? And if so, how?

“Peter was joking with me the other day. He said, ‘How are either of us ever going to work, ever?’ We’ve figured out pretty well how to do it with one. At first we would take her with us. Now she’s in kindergarten and it’s important that she’s settled. I wouldn’t take her out for any old thing.”

Sarsgaard will be directing his first feature film, Born to Run, based on the non-fiction work of Christopher McDougall about Tarahumara Indians.

And yes, his wife would happily sign on.

“He and I work so well together, talking about drafts, about the script, talking about casting. I’d do whatever he wanted. I really enjoy talking with him about projects and helping him think things through.

“Artistically we’re a good combination. I love acting with him. My experience acting with him is on stage, and I love it, but I don’t know how we’ll do that for a long time.

“It means neither of us is home to put the kids to bed.”


Posted by Connie on May 18, 2012 under Hysteria,Interviews and commented by 0 people

The official trailer for Maggie Gyllenhaals upcoming movie Won’t Back Down is finally here! Won’t Back Down is due to hit theaters September 28th and also stars Viola Davis, Oscar Isaac, Holly Hunter, Lance Reddick, Emily Alyn Lind, and Ving Rhames.

Two determined mothers­, one a teacher, look to transform their children’s failing inner city school. Facing a powerful and entrenched bureaucracy, they risk everything to make a difference in the education and future of their children.

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Posted by Connie on May 17, 2012 under Gallery Updates,Media,Wont Back Down and commented by 0 people

April 19. Maggie shared her pregnancy cravings and feelings about tabloids infringing on her baby’s privacy.

In the film Hysteria, Maggie admits to being a bit embarrassed when it came to watching scenes of women coming to orgasm by the invention of the vibrator in the 1800s; especially she says when she practically did an ‘S&M’ film called Secretary.

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Posted by Connie on May 17, 2012 under Hysteria,Interviews and commented by 0 people

For those seeking a film that combines a Victorian love story with the invention of sex toys, “Hysteria” will likely hit the spot. The film, based on a true story, tells the story of how Mortimer Granville, a young doctor in 19th-century London employed to perform “pelvic massages” to well-heeled ladies diagnosed with “hysteria,” eventually invented the first vibrator. (Yup, you read that right).

However, Mortimer (Hugh Dancy) meets his match in the wildly independent and vivacious Charlotte Dalrymple, played by Maggie Gyllenhaal. The 34-year-old actress, who recently gave birth to a second baby girl, spoke to The Huffington Post about the film’s message, women’s rights and the kind of sex scenes that resonate. Just like Charlotte, Gyllenhaal is spirited, funny and a delight.

This movie is like Jane Austen with sex toys.
(Laughs) I think that’s what sort of works about it. It’s naturally funny. You have everyone in Victorian England being afraid to show an ankle and then at the same time there are doctors making women [have orgasms] in their offices. The fact that it actually happened is one of those things that’s naturally funny.

I did love that it touched on more serious topics, such as women’s rights.
The way I’ve been thinking about this is, it’s a romantic comedy; there’s lightness about it, there’s a clever pleasure about watching it. Can it hold a really heavy political agenda? No, but it can hold something.

Do you find it depressing that the movie talks about women’s rights over their bodies and over 100 years later we’re still talking about that?
I’m very involved in Planned Parenthood. I’m shocked at how politicized women’s rights over their bodies have become, particularly in this election again, more than 100 years later.

I went to an event a few months ago and usually I try not to talk to the paparazzi magazines. I feel like it’s the only power I have over them. I was doing some interviews and somebody asked me what I thought about Gaddafi and I looked down at the ground and saw they were from Hollywood Gossip Life or something like that and I thought, “You know what? I don’t want to talk about this here because it’s the wrong place.” The substance of what I think about, that is not going to be printed. But one thing I can say — that you can say to anybody and that anybody can get — is that women should have rights over their bodies. I can say it to anybody; I don’t care who hears it or how they write it. It’s not a political issue, as far as I’m concerned.

You seem to do quality projects. Do you ever get offered schlock?
I don’t know if they [don't] offer it to me because they think I won’t be interested or they’re not interested (Laughs). Sometimes, yes, I read things and think, “This is terrible, I couldn’t possibly do this.” I guess maybe because of the recession a lot of the big movie studios have been making movies not about anything and I’m not so interested in that and to be honest, they don’t seem to be so interested in me.

Charlotte is such a great role. She’s not just the “girlfriend” role.
It’s true that she’s the heart, the life. I think what was the most fun about it and the reason I decided to do the movie was I thought it doesn’t really serve this movie to have a really historically accurate portrayal of a Victorian suffragette; it’s not the point of this movie. The politics that Charlotte gets to talk about are extremely simple, expressed in a very simple way and I thought the way to make the movie better and make her more interesting is to have her be as wild as possible, like she could be from another planet. She just has to be so full of life that she’s going to burst. I thought that would be fun to try to do.

The movie opens with a montage of women having orgasms. Aren’t you glad you didn’t have to do that?
No, I didn’t have to do any vibrator stuff and wasn’t around when it was filmed, so I was surprised when I saw the film. I loved being surprised by the response of the audience. Everyone was kind of flushed or a little hysterical. We’re not used to, me included, seeing women have orgasms and use vibrators.

That’s what I’m interested in. I think the film is a really interesting way to explore the realities of sex from a woman’s point of view and if you can do that — when I’ve done it and when I’ve seen it — I think it’s so much more erotic than the kind of, “put on a Victoria’s Secret black demi-bra, be lit perfectly and arch your back” way. I mean that will do something for some people, but it’s not the same as watching a sex scene where you go, “Wow, these people are communicating and they’re actually having sex that reminds me of the way that I have sex.”


Posted by Connie on May 12, 2012 under Hysteria,Interviews and commented by 0 people

It’s a big month for Maggie Gyllenhaal: She just had a baby and has a new movie, Hysteria,due in May. (The actress, 34, and husband Peter Sarsgaard welcomed their second daughter, Gloria Ray, in mid-April.) The mom of two — big sister Ramona is 5 — talks to us about this “risqué” movie, motherhood and a secret talent.

Is it hard to balance work and motherhood?

“That’s constantly on my mind. When do I sacrifice? When do I ask the child to sacrifice? It’s really hard. I haven’t done that perfectly. I don’t think you really can. Peter said to me the other day, ‘How are either of us ever going to work?’ We haven’t quite figured out how this is going to work, but we will.”

Will you have more kids?

“I don’t know. I think I’ll start with two and see how it goes.”

Do you have a mom’s group in Brooklyn, where you live?

“Most of my girlfriends now have kids. I was pretty young when I had Ramona [28]. I was the first of most of my friends and now all of them have lapped me. I think for me this was the way to do it. We’ll see how it goes.”

Your new movie – about the invention of the vibrator – is a quirky choice. What attracted you to the movie?

“I was curious how that could make for a movie. Honestly, the script was really excellent. The movie was very much like it, quick-witted and well-crafted. And I really like [her character]. She’s a whirlwind. I thought the thing to do with her was to let her be from another planet, as wild as possible.”

You’ve filmed an HBO pilot based on Jonathan Franzen’s best seller The Corrections. Did you read it before?

“I am a book reader, [but] I didn’t read it until they asked me to. I have a hard time reading anything that isn’t fiction, including the news. It’s easier for me sometimes to listen to it.”

Do you have a pile of books next to your bed that you try to get through?

“I’ve been finishing all of them for some reason. Pregnant, I’ve just been reading so much. Usually, I have one book I’m slogging through. You know what it was? Peter was away shooting a movie in L.A. He would come back and forth, but I would have a lot of my nights free because I’d be too tired to go out and meet a friend, but not tired enough to go to sleep at 8 o’clock. So I’d do a lot of reading.”

Are you reading them in book form or do you have an iPad or book reader?

“I have an iPad that I read on, but if I’m not traveling, I really prefer reading in the real book form. I feel like I’m looking at my phone all day.”

Are you a TV watcher?

“Peter and I both got into Enlightened. I love Laura Dern and the weird mix of people on that show. You know what else I love? Downton Abbey. I’m obsessed.”

Do you have hidden talents?

“I make really good salad dressing. Lemon, vinegar, salt and pepper. I think I’ve really mastered it.”

Is this the life you had planned when you were younger and imagining your future?

“So much when you’re growing up of what you imagine really is fantasy. So much about getting older and living your life is about finding the reality inside that’s very, very different than the fantasy.”

Does your brother [actor Jake Gyllenhaal] feel like he should be [having kids]?

“You have to ask him. He was pretty young [24] when I started. I had Ramona when I was 28, I liked that actually, although there was so much I didn’t know which I guess is true whenever you do it.”

Are you committed to raising your family in New York?

“I’ve been here since I was 17. [She was born in New York but raised in Los Angeles.] And I came to college here [she has a bachelor’s in English from Columbia University]. I lived in such a different way then, and I thought I’d be here forever, and anybody who left was wimping out. But now I think, ‘Wow, what a different life we could have if we lived in Northern California or anywhere. I dream about living in Paris. But now our daughter’s in school, happy, really got a life. I wouldn’t say I’ve found our home that we’re going to be in forever; we’re still figuring it out.”


Posted by Connie on May 6, 2012 under Headlines & Rumours,Hysteria,Interviews and commented by 0 people

Parenthood just became twice as nice for Maggie Gyllenhaal and Peter Sarsgaard.

The couple welcomed their second child, daughter Gloria Ray, on April 19 in New York City, a rep for Gyllenhaal tells the Daily News.

This is the second child for the “Hysteria” actress, 34, and the “Lovelace” actor, 41, who are already parents to daughter Ramona, 5. The couple, together since 2002, wed in Italy in 2009.

Pregnancy proved to be somewhat of a challenge for Gyllenhaal when it came time to be in the spotlight.

“I find it difficult to pretend you’re not pregnant, which I had to do,” she told USA Today in March. “I didn’t let anyone know until three and a half months this time.

“I went to film festivals. I’m throwing up in the bathroom and having to keep pretzels in my purse, and having to fit into dresses.”

Sarsgaard, on the other hand, had other concerns on his mind. Namely, how he was going to prepare Ramona for their growing family.

“I’ve seen kids with siblings — I don’t have any siblings, so I don’t know — but they generally go for about five minutes, ‘Oh, cool! Anyway, what are we going to do now? Can we return it?’” he told reporters in February. “I think it gets boring quickly, at first, and it takes a while for them to bond.”


Posted by Connie on May 1, 2012 under Headlines & Rumours and commented by 1 people
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