Apart from being an actress, Maggie Gyllenhaal is also a political person. She spoke against the Iraq War and stated that the invasion was oil and imperialism at the 18th Independent Spirit Awards. She also drew attention to her statement in 2005 when she said that the 9/11 attacks were an occasion to be brave enough to ask some serious questions about America’s part in the world.
She was born on 16th November in 1977 in Manhattan, New York, the U.S. She belongs to the noble Gyllenhaal family, and her parents are Naomi Foner Gyllenhaal and Stephen Gyllenhaal. She studied literature and Eastern religion at Columbia University, and she also studied acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.
She started her acting at the age of 15 with her father’s film, Waterland, in 1992. Soon, she played a supporting role in the movie, A Dangerous Woman, next year. After completing her graduation, she had a supporting role in the film, Riding in Cars with Boys in 2001.
She made her theatrical debut in 2000 with the production of Closer, for which she got favorable views. She earned her breakout role for the black comedy, Secretary in 2002.
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She gained critical acclaim for her performance and also was nominated for her first Golden Globe Award. This film was the first film of Gyllenhaal, where she appeared in her full-frontal nudity role.
She also got famous for her role as Caroline Cunningham in the movie, Adaptation in 2002. She had the role of Sherry Swanson for the film, Sherrybaby in 2006. She got wider recognition for playing the role of Rachel Dawes in Christopher Nolan’s film, The Dark Knight, in 2008.
She also got famous for playing the role of a single mother, Jean Craddock, for the film, Crazy Heart and she also was nominated for the Academy Award. In 2018, she produced and also acted as Lisa Spinelli in the film, The Kindergarten Teacher.
She first appeared on the television in 1996 with the television film, Shattered Mind. She also was cast as Linda Sykes in the television film Strip Search in 2004. She got famous and was praised widely for her performance in the mini-series, The Honourable Woman in 2014, and she got the Golden Globe Award for it.
That year, she also made her Broadway debut with the production of The Real Thing. In 2009, she married the actor, Peter Sarsgaard, with whom she has two daughters. She has received the Boston Society of Film Critics Award, National Board of Review Award, Golden Globe Award, and others.
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