Maggie Gyllenhaal

Maggie Gyllenhaal


11/16/1977, Lower East Side, New York, New York, USA

Birth Name

Margaret Ruth Gyllenhaal


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Maggie Gyllenhaal is hailed by many as one of the most interesting actresses of her generation thanks to her quirky appeal, unique beauty and seemingly fearless acting. It makes a lot of sense, being that she comes from a family full of filmmakers: her father Stephen is a…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Maggie's character was pregnant in World Trade Center. Coincidentally, Maggie found out she was pregnant with Ramona right after she finished filming this movie.

    • Maggie and her partner, Peter Sarsgaard, shot In God's Hand, a low-budget film about child abduction, with director Lodge Kerrigan, but it was never released because the negative was accidentally destroyed in a lab.

    • Maggie was nominated for a Golden Globe in the category of Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture- Drama, for her role in the film Sherrybaby.

    • Maggie is currently one of the faces of Reebok's "I Am What I Am" advertising campaign. She was drawn to the company because of its Human Rights Award program, which gives four activists $50,000 grants each for the human rights organization of their choice.

    • Maggie won the National Board of Review (NBR) award for Best Breakthrough Performance by an Actress, for her role in Secretary.

    • Maggie was one of the faces of Miu Miu, an offshoot of the designer label Prada, for its Winter 2004 ad campaign.

    • Maggie and her brother, Jake, attended the prestigious Harvard-Westlake prep school in Los Angeles. Maggie graduated from Columbia University in 1998 with a BA in Literature and Eastern religions.

    • Maggie has played the role of Alice, an emotionally guarded stripper, in two different productions of Patrick Marber's play Closer, a role that Natalie Portman would later portray in the film adaptation.

    • In 2003 she was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy and for a MTV Movie Award in 2003 in the category Breakthrough Female Performance for her role in the movie Secretary.

    • Maggie co-hosted the 2003 Sundance Film Festival awards ceremony with Steve Zahn.

    • Maggie reportedly made $500,000 for World Trade Center.

    • Maggie was ranked as #58 in FHM's "100 Sexiest Women in the World 2005" special supplement.

    • Maggie is engaged to actor Peter Sarsgaard, and she gave birth to their first child, Ramona, on October 3rd, 2006.

    • Maggie studied briefly at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London.

    • During the 2003 Academy Awards, Maggie wore a peace sign pin in support of the organization Artists United to Win Without War.

    • Maggie is 5' 9" (1.75 m).

    • Maggie's parents are Stephen Gyllenhaal and Naomi Foner. Maggie's first six movies were directed by her father. Maggie's parents are Stephen Gyllenhaal and Naomi Foner. Maggie's first six movies were directed by her father. Additionally, Maggie and her brother Jake have shared the big screen together three times, most notably in Donnie Darko, where the two played, fittingly enough, squabbling siblings.

    • Maggie introduced her brother to her Mona Lisa Smile co-star Kirsten Dunst, although the two have since split. Maggie and Kirsten were best friends until she broke up with her brother.

  • Quotes

    • Maggie Gyllenhaal: The ocean is really sexy and the wilder and wavier the better!

    • Maggie Gyllenhaal: I bought a lot of beautiful clothes in Paris but it was right before my daughter started eating solids. I didn't realise how messy that would be. I learned to lay off the cream silk blouses for a while. I think it's fine to think about clothes. They can be a fun little sliver of your life. I don't think it's fine to think about them all the time, though.

    • Maggie Gyllenhaal: (On fame) I want the power that comes with celebrity because I have good intentions. I feel as if I could do something good with that power. But it would be doing everyone a disservice to say I feel good about myself all the time and that I never think my hair looks awful. If you think you've got bad hair, try going on a month-long press tour with it.

    • Maggie Gyllenhaal: (On famous people being given free designer clothes) At first I was enthusiastic about being given all these free things but now I am aware that it's all a business deal. It's not that people love me, it's that they are getting something out of it. You have to be discerning about what you take and what you don't take if you don't want to feel like a hooker.

    • Maggie: (on walking the red carpet) To be honest it takes a while to get ready and a lot of thought. But the amount of scrutiny is sometimes unbearable.

    • Maggie: You can be a sexy mom, but it's easier to be comfortable in your baggy filth.

    • Maggie: With everything I work on, I want to be put in a position that I have to be brave to do the project.

    • Maggie: There's something so provocative about a pregnant woman. I don't mean just sexually. I feel like, when you see one, you kind of want to know what she looks like underneath—you want to take her clothes off.

    • Maggie: There are two ways to be cool: One is to be disinterested and make it seem like you must be doing something much more interesting than everybody else if you are this disinterested. The other is to be extremely interested. You are not trying to please anyone, but you are really invested are really focused.

    • Maggie: I do see things sometimes that are good, but they don't feel like a challenge to me personally. Like, in my own life and so often I think the things that excite me are things that feel a little bit beyond my grasp.

    • Maggie: I am looking for movies that are actually about something and that are questioning something. Movies that are provocative in some way and I am also looking for roles that I think will force me to grow or learn something about myself or the world in order to play them well.

    • Maggie: I want roles that challenge people to question where they are in life.

  • I love Maggie!

    Maggie Gullenhaal is a difficult name to speel, especially her last name, but to make a confession that I madly in love with this actress. When I heard that she got engaged, I was heartbroken. as a film critic for another website, I considerd Maggie my favorite. I saw the movie "Stranger than fiction" last November and I wrote a review for The Big Screen Cinema Guide and I said that Maggie Gullenhaal stole the movie from will Ferrell and Emma thompson and I meant what I said. I'm looking forward to seeing what's Maggie got in store for next. I still love her, I really, really do.moreless
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    Maggie Gyllenhaal is really a talented actress. In every role she really makes you believe that she actually is the character she's portraying. This sense of realism is what makes her really stand out above the masses of the rest of actresses today. My favorite movie of her's is "World Trade Center."