Maggie Gyllenhaal

Actor, Writer, Bussed tables
In only a few short years, Maggie Gyllenhaal built a solid reputation as a talented, cerebral actress in independent films. With her non-conformist flair and penchant for examining social issues, Gyllenhaal offered a ... Read more »
Born: 11/15/1977 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (56)

Frank 2014 (Movie)

Clara (Actor)

Late Night with Seth Meyers 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

The 68th Annual Tony Awards 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Honorable Woman 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

White House Down 2013 (Movie)

Finnerty (Actor)

Hysteria 2012 (Movie)

Charlotte Dalrymple (Actor)

Teachers Rock 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

Won't Back Down 2012 (Movie)

Jamie Fitzpatrick (Actor)

BAM150 2011 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Curiosity 2011 (Tv Show)

Host

The Graham Norton Show 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Nanny McPhee Returns 2010 (Movie)

Isabel Green (Actor)

The 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

2009 Golden Globe Awards Red Carpet Special 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Away We Go 2009 (Movie)

LN (Actor)

Crazy Heart 2009 (Movie)

Jean Craddock (Actor)

The Dark Knight 2008 (Movie)

Rachel Dawes (Actor)

The Late Show With David Letterman 2008 (Tv Show)

Guest

Paris, I Love You 2007 (Movie)

("Quartier Des Enfants Rouges") (Actor)

The 2007 Film Independent's Spirit Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Monster House 2006 (Movie)

Voice of Zee (Actor)

Sherrybaby 2006 (Movie)

Sherry Swanson (Actor)

Stranger Than Fiction 2006 (Movie)

Ana Pascal (Actor)

The Great New Wonderful 2006 (Movie)

Emme Keeler (Actor)

Trust the Man 2006 (Movie)

Elaine (Actor)

World Trade Center 2006 (Movie)

Allison Jimeno (Actor)

20th Independent Spirit Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Happy Endings 2005 (Movie)

Jude Swinson (Actor)

High Falls 2005 (Movie)

(Actor)

2004 IFP/Independent Spirit Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Criminal 2004 (Movie)

Valerie Gaddis (Actor)

Strip Search 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Casa de Los Babys 2003 (Movie)

Jennifer (Actor)

In the Company of Women 2003 (Movie)

(Actor)

Mona Lisa Smile 2003 (Movie)

Giselle Levy (Actor)

The Pornographer, A Love Story 2003 (Movie)

(Actor)

40 Days and 40 Nights 2002 (Movie)

Sam (Actor)

Adaptation 2002 (Movie)

Caroline (Actor)

Confessions of a Dangerous Mind 2002 (Movie)

Debbie (Actor)

Secretary 2002 (Movie)

Lee Holloway (Actor)

Sizzlin' 16 of 2002 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Donnie Darko 2001 (Movie)

Elizabeth Darko (Actor)

Riding in Cars With Boys 2001 (Movie)

Amelia (Actor)

Cecil B. Demented 2000 (Movie)

Raven (Actor)

Resurrection 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Homegrown 1998 (Movie)

Christina (Actor)

A Dangerous Woman 1993 (Movie)

Patsy (Actor)

Waterland 1992 (Movie)

Maggie Ruth (Actor)

Butte, America (TV Show)

Host

Promised a Miracle (TV Show)

Actor

Shake, Rattle & Roll (TV Show)

Actor

Shall Not Want (Movie)

Sherry Swanson (Actor)

Shattered Mind (TV Show)

Actor

The Patron Saint of Liars (TV Show)

Actor

The Photographer (TV Show)

Actor
Music (2)

Sherrybaby 2006 (Movie)

("Eternal Flame") (Song Performer)

Happy Endings 2005 (Movie)

("Honesty") (Song Performer)

Biography

In only a few short years, Maggie Gyllenhaal built a solid reputation as a talented, cerebral actress in independent films. With her non-conformist flair and penchant for examining social issues, Gyllenhaal offered a different voice of young Hollywood at the start of the millennium. Though a Hollywood native who grew up with filmmaking parents - not to mention entered performing alongside her brother, actor Jake Gyllenhaal - the actress was raised in a household that valued education, intellect and liberal politics. Thanks to her director father, Stephen Gyllenhaal, she gained valuable experience with her first three films, "Waterland" (1992), "A Dangerous Woman" (1993) and "Homegrown" (1998). After co-starring with her brother in the indie hit, "Donnie Darko" (2001), Gyllenhaal came into her own with a daring breakout performance as a woman with a strange addiction to sadomasochism in the independent dark comedy, "Secretary" (2002), which earned the actress her first Golden Globe nomination. Settling into a career that consisted of exemplary performances in such varied films as "Happy Endings" (2005), "Stranger Than Fiction" (2006) and as Rachel Dawes in "The Dark Knight" (2008), Gyllenhaal reached new heights after her Oscar-caliber performance in "Crazy Heart" (2009), which promised even greater things from the talented young actress.

Relationships

Naomi Foner Screenplay

Mother
Born March 15, 1946

Jake Gyllenhaal Actor

Brother
Born Dec. 19, 1980 Played brother and sister in "Donnie Darko" (2001)

Stephen Gyllenhaal Director

Father
Born Oct. 4, 1949

Peter Sarsgaard Director

Husband
Began dating in 2002 Engaged in 2006 Married May 2, 2009 in Brindisi, Italy

Ramona Sarsgaard

Daughter
Born Oct. 3, 2006; father, Peter Sarsgaard

Gloria Sarsgaard

Daughter
Born April 19, 2012; father, Peter Sarsgaard

EDUCATION

The Mountain School

Vershire , Vermont
While at Harvard-Westlake she attended a semester away program

Columbia University

New York , New York 1999

Harvard-Westlake School

Los Angeles , California

Columbia University

New York , New York 1999

Milestones

2012

Played a determined mother alongside Viola Davis in inner city school drama "Won’t Back Down"

2012

Co-starred with Hugh Dancy in the period comedy "Hysteria"

2010

Co-starred with Emma Thompson in the family comedy "Nanny McPhee Returns"

2009

Played a journalist and the love interest of Jeff Bridges's washed up country music star in "Crazy Heart"; earned an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress

2009

Co-starred with fiance Peter Sarsgaard in the off-Broadway revival of Anton Chekhov's "Uncle Vanya"

2009

Nominated for the 2009 Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role ("Crazy Heart")

2008

Replaced Katie Holmes as Assistant District Attorney Rachel Dawes in the second installment of Christopher Nolan's revived "Batman" series "The Dark Knight"

2006

Played the wife of a rescued Port Authority officer in Oliver Stone's "World Trade Center"

2006

Portrayed an ex-con in the indie drama "Sherrybaby"; received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress

2005

Played a singer in "Happy Endings"; earned an Independent Spirit Award Nomination for Best Supporting Female

2004

Appeared in "Criminal" with John C. Reilly and Diego Luna

2003

Performed at the Mark Taper Forum in a production of Tony Kushner's "Homebody/ Kabul"

2003

Co-starred in "Mona Lisa Smile" with Julia Roberts and Kirsten Dunst

2002

Earned widespread acclaim portraying a mentally fragile woman who embarks on a sadomasochistic relationship with her boss in the Sundance hit "Secretary"; received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress

2002

Landed supporting role in the Spike Jonze/Charlie Kaufman comedy "Adaptation"

2001

Played the sister of her real-life brother in "Donnie Darko"

2000

Played supporting role in John Waters' "Cecil B. DeMented"

1998

Acted in "Homegrown," directed by her father and also featured her brother Jake Gyllenhaal

1995

Moved to New York to attend NYU

1992

Made feature acting debut in "Waterland," directed by her father Stephen Gyllenhaal

1978

Moved with family to Los Angeles, CA

Bonus Trivia

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Gyllenhaal on becoming a mother and turning 30: "I feel ready to be in my body and be a woman in a different way, and be an actress in a different way." – from Vanity Fair, May 2008

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"Someone asked me why I didn't do teen movies or actiony movies, but I'm not interested in them, and they're not interested in me either!" – Gyllenhaal to Vanity Fair, August 2002

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"Hollywood right now is really focused on movies that will appeal to tons and tons of people by being kind of benign, but I think there's a way to appeal to tons and tons of people by being astounding. And I would love to be in a movie like that!" – Gyllenhaal to Movieline magazine, October 2002

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"I've realised that the only way to make movies that you're proud of, that don't fall into the sentimental bullsh*t that so many movies fall into, is to fight. You have to fight. So many people are willing to sleepwalk through things and fall into the not human, not interesting choice. To make the really interesting choice, you have to fight." – Gyllenhaal quoted to The Guardian, May 9, 2003

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"My parents were never celebrities," she says. "They worked on movies, that was their job. And seeing them go up and down in that world makes me a little wary of buying into all the attention I’ve been getting recently." – Gyllenhaal to NYLON magazine, May 2004

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"For so long I was told I wasn't sexy enough or beautiful enough. It felt confusing and painful." – Gyllenhaal to Entertainment Weekly, Aug. 4, 2006

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