Maggie Gyllenhaal Covers 'Gotham', Celebrates the Magazine
The 35-year-old White House Down actress looks gorgeous on the cover – here’s what she had to share with the mag:
On whether she prefers big budget or indie films: “I like to make both. Everybody working on a blockbuster is really at the top [of their game]. Sometimes on a tiny independent movie, nobody has any money, they’re hiring people who are learning, and lots of mistakes happen. It can lead to amazing things, but it can be hard. I also like to make movies that many people will see. I think White House Down says some interesting things about the world, and it’s fun and exciting. I know only a few people are going to be into the tinier movies I make, and I like that, too. There’s something nice and freeing about both.”
On wanting to be an actor: “My dad is a film director; and my mom’s a screenwriter, so I would go to their sets sometimes. [Acting] was something I was good at. It’s hard for me not to be good at something, although there are many things I’m not good at. I’m just learning at 35 how to accept not being good at something, then learn about it—that’s how you start to get better. When I was younger, I thought, If I’m not good at this, forget it; I’m not doing it anymore. I’m not proud of that at all, but it’s just how I was. And I think because acting was something that came naturally to me, I just grabbed onto it.”
On being in the same business as her family: “I remember telling my parents about Secretary, which was one of the first roles I got. For that movie, I was like, “Oh, I have to do this,” and I can’t tell you why—it’s not that I was into S&M, but something about that movie just called me. It’s not like my parents or my brother could have said yes or no. [Husband] Peter [Sarsgaard], on the other hand, and I seem to have similar taste in movies. Jake [Gyllenhaal], we’re very close, but our taste is different, and I think our style is different. If I’m really drawn to something and other people don’t see it the same way, I do trust myself. I just say, ‘I want to try it.’”
For more from Maggie, visit Gotham-Magazine.com.
FYI: Maggie is wearing a Dries Van Noten dress, an Alexander McQueen clutch, and Casadei heels at the party.