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Maggie Gyllenhaal Covers 'Gotham', Celebrates the Magazine

Maggie Gyllenhaal Covers 'Gotham', Celebrates the Magazine

Maggie Gyllenhaal celebrates in style at the Gotham magazine party for her cover with the publication on Wednesday (June 26) at STK Rooftop in New York City.

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.’”

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FYI: Maggie is wearing a Dries Van Noten dress, an Alexander McQueen clutch, and Casadei heels at the party.

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Credit: Eugene Gologursky; Photos: Getty, Andrew Eccles/Gotham magazine
Posted to: Magazine, Maggie Gyllenhaal

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  • Toni

    Secretary was amazing, nobody could play that role better than Maggie did.

    She seems very open and honest, I like that. Especially the bit about accepting that you did things the wrong way in your 20′s, and not being to proud to admit it.

  • tinamarie

    @Toni: I completely agree. I love that movie so much. I’m glad she did it. Her and James were both great in that movie.

  • Missy

    Can’t stand her after she made movie bashing public school teachers and then kept bashing them in press

  • Toni

    @tinamarie: James has been great in everything I’ve ever seen him in :D

    Come to think of it, Stranger Than Fiction is one of my favourite movies, and Maggie is great in that as well. She makes good choices.

  • Robby

    I am into her short hairdo more and more!

  • Robby

    Public school teachers are not beyond criticism, OK?
    Maggie was great to take on a role that doesn’t please everybody. I applaud her for that!

  • tinamarie

    @Toni: Also agree.. I’ve loved him since he played a d!ck in Pretty in Pink. God was he gorgeous in that movie.

  • Missy

    Public school teachers work harder than almost anyone and deserve our praise

  • Pickles

    I Support teachers. But it was a movie. And honestly, there’s schools where the parents have to get more involved if the schools are a mess. I have had a lot of great teachers, and a very few bad ones. But even with the bad ones, it’s not all on them. Sometimes they get discouraged because they don’t have the books and the stuff they need to do a good job. it isn’t all one way or the other. Anyway, Maggie and Viola Davis made a movie about some parents who were fighting to give their kids an education. I didn’t take it to be a bigger issue than it was. We have some really bad schools in this country. It’s a shame really. It isn’t all on the teachers. Teachers have to fight against the odds too. But that isn’t Maggie’s fault. She was playing a role. Acting.

  • LooseLipz

    Shes boring on talk shows….but i loved her in Secretary and think she has great style. But not beautiful, yet interesting.