Maggie Gyllenhaal belongs to a Hollywood family, with a father who’s a director (Stephen Gyllenhaal) and a mother who’s a screenwriter (Naomi Foner). Together with her younger brother, Jake, Maggie first took a dab at acting in her father’s films. But her breakout role was in the 2002 film, “Secretary,” where she received critical favor. The Oscar nominee is a staunch supporter of indie films. Read further to get to know Maggie Gyllenhaal who stars in the British miniseries “The Honourable Woman.”
Since Gyllenhaal is an American movie actress, it came as a surprise to many when she took the project with BBC, which had been planning on doing “The Honourable Woman” for quite some time. Working on TV, and in a British production at that, seemed farfetched. But the actress said, in an interview aired on MIPTV, that she decided to do the TV show because the script was “unusually phenomenal.” She also said that having done so many independent films in the past, which she’s aware only few people see, she wanted to try doing television.
“Something like The Honourable Woman you could make as an independent film but who’s going to see it? On TV lots of people are going to see it, and I’m fed up making stuff that only 10 people watch,” said Gyllenhall in an interview published on the Independent.
Viewers who have seen her on the series only have nothing but praises, and Gyllenhaal surprisingly sounds good speaking British. She confessed that she practiced her accent on the set all day long, taking note to relax while using different muscles in her mouth.
In the same interview, Gyllenhaal remarked that she almost didn’t push through with doing “The Honourable Woman,” citing communication problems with Hugo Blick, the show’s director. However, a dinner together at her house changed their working relationship. As evident on the episodes that already aired, it looks like the actress and the director are able to pick off each other’s rhythm well.
In another interview with the Telegraph, Gyllenhaal said that she’s proudest of her work in this show than in any other production she has done. The actress, who is married with one daughter, is also enjoying her temporary stay in Britain, and confessed that she’s a “Downtown Abbey” fan who would not hesitate to be a guest on that series, if asked.
So there you have it for a brief profile on Maggie Gyllenhaal, who stars in “The Honourable Woman.” The show airs on BBC every Thursday at 9:00 p.m. Watch the clip of her interview with MIPTV below. Follow Movie News Guide (MNG) to get regular updates about this series.
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