Actress Maggie Wheeler has established a second career for herself as a choir director. The Friends star, who portrayed Matthew Perry's on/off girlfriend Janice on the hit sitcom, reveals she has been focusing on her love of music in recent years and has been spending the majority of her time working with a local choir group in Los Angeles, while supporting her family by taking on small acting roles on shows like Archer, Californication and Hot In Cleveland.
During an interview on America's Oprah: Where Are They Now?, which aired on Sunday (24Aug14), she said, "I direct a choir, a community choir, I've directed it for eight years.
"I'm so drawn to African music and to African choral music, I think the structure of the harmonies, it creates a vibration of sound that is so undeniable, it just enters your body and it wipes everything away except for joy..."
Maggie Gyllenhaal was far from disappointed when her 2012 TV pilot for The Corrections was dropped, because she was too busy becoming a mum to care. The actress admits she didn't have the greatest time on the set because she had to film sex scenes while heavily pregnant.
Gyllenhaal tells America's TV Guide magazine, "I've had massive disappointments, things that broke my heart in terms of my work, but that really wasn't one of them.
"I worked on it only for one day. And I was super pregnant. My character was sleeping with her boss and her boss' wife. There's no way she could have been seven months pregnant.
"I had the baby right before we learned it (show) didn't get picked up, and I was like, 'Whatever!' I had a five day old. At that moment, work was in the background."
Maggie Gyllenhaal is brushing up on her knowledge of the conflict in the Middle East so she can offer up opinions about the ongoing clash between Israel and Palestine as part of her press schedule surrounding new TV series The Honorable Woman. The Secretary star plays the daughter of an assassinated Israeli arms dealer, who swears to use her inheritance to broker peace in the Middle East in the eight-part series, which debuts in America next week (beg11Aug14) - and she insists she won't be avoiding tough questions in interviews.
Gyllenhaal tells TV Guide magazine, "It's my responsibility to know as much as I can. Especially now, because, when we made the series, (the region) was in a period of calm, and now it's shifted to a period of violence. And politics are a huge part of the show.
"We can't just say, 'Oh, our series is this spy thriller with the conflict between Israel and Palestine as a backdrop'. It's about the conflict. We do take it on."
Officials at the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) are sending actor Peter Sarsgaard a child-friendly cookbook in a bid to help convince his kids to follow in dad's footsteps and go vegan. The An Education star has been eating a diet free of all animal products for some time, but he recently admitted maintaining his vegan lifestyle at home has proved to be a struggle - because his daughters with wife Maggie Gyllenhaal, Ramona, seven, and Gloria Ray, two, love to eat meat.
He told Men's Journal magazine, "I cook steaks for my kids all the time because that's what they like. I guess you could call my wife a pescatarian but my kids eat meat a couple times a week. They love it."
His comments caught the attention of animal rights activists at HSUS and now they are hoping to help him out in the kitchen by providing him with author Jennifer McCann's 2008 book, which is full of vegan recipes designed with children in mind.
Michelle Cho, Vice President of the HSUS, tells WENN, "The HSUS is sending Peter a copy of Vegan Lunch Box - a wildly popular book chock full of kid-friendly and animal-friendly recipes for his kids to enjoy. We hope his compassionate diet extends to the entire family!"
Actress Maggie Gyllenhaal learned she wasn't born a Maggie after filing papers to take her husband's last name. The star decided to take her husband Peter Sarsgaard's last name when the couple wed in 2009, and had to produce her birth certificate to officials before she could make the change.
After her parents found the document, Gyllenhaal was shocked to learn her birth name was not Maggie.
She tells Live! with Kelly and Michael, "My parents couldn't find (my birth certificate). Finally they pulled it together and got it for me and it says my name is Margolit, which I really love, but it's not my name. I grew up Maggie, Maggie's on everything...
"(My parents) didn't remember (that they named me Margolit) and in fact they still insist that my name is not Margolit."
Actress Maggie Gyllenhaal is disillusioned with U.S. President Barack Obama over his handling of the Edward Snowden snooping scandal. The Dark Knight star takes an active interest in politics and supported Obama during his 2008 election campaign, but she admits that lately she has started to question his commitment.
Gyllenhaal starred in a public service announcement (PSA) last year (13) calling for an end to National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance after former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) operative Snowden blew the whistle on U.S. government secrets.
The actress tells Time magazine, "I really believed in (Obama), and I'm not sure what he believes in anymore... Look, I get it... It's a complicated job. I could never do it. But I hope for a leader who will stand up and be unpopular."
The Vampire Diaries star Paul Wesley is calling on his fans to help raise funds to go towards treatments for his cancer-stricken friend. The actor posted a video on YouTube.com on Monday (28Jul14) in which he talks about his 30-year-old friend Maggie, who was diagnosed with a brain tumour last week (begs21Jul14).
He describes her as a full-time employee who, even with insurance benefits, will be left with "monumental" medical costs that are "virtually insurmountable".
Wesley says, "I'm humbly asking you guys here to join me today and donate."
The actor is even offering fans Vampire Diaries memorabilia and a personal phone call in exchange for donations to the Rally.com fundraiser, which was launched on Monday.
Maggie's family and friends are hoping to raise at least $25,000 (£14,721) to cover costs associated with major surgery she's slated to have next week (04Aug14).
The campaign had raised $9,000 (£5,300) as WENN went to press.
Live Free Or Die Hard star Maggie Q had to take a break from her TV assassin character Nikita after the series' first season - because the role left her exhausted. The actress reveals she needed medical attention after spending 18 hours a day playing the tough girl.
She tells WENN, "I was so fatigued, after the first season I was on an IV (intravenous drip) for, like, a couple weeks. I was so depleted. My adrenals were done. My endocrine system shut down. Everything just shut down, because the physicality was a lot.
"I was immersed in this sort of street kid/drug addict/cop killer... and I realised that when the first season had finished, that I had spent more time being her than I had being myself. I finished on set after a 12 to 18 hour day, and then I would go home, sleep, wake up, and go back, right back to being her. It wasn't healthy at all.
"I was depleted completely, and it was so strange to not know why I was so tired. You put in hours, but you're giving a lot emotionally. You're giving a lot mentally. You're giving a lot physically, and it takes everything. It weighs on you. You do need to actually make a conscious decision to take the time for yourself."
Hollywood actress Maggie Gyllenhaal is hiding a secret smoking habit.
The Dark Knight star, who is a mother to two young daughters, insists she doesn't puff on cigarettes regularly, but often falls "off the wagon" and buys a pack.
She tells Britain's Stylist magazine, "I don't smoke cigarettes officially but now and then I fall off the wagon. I can't keep it up at home. I can't smoke as a mother - it's too much sneaking around... I'm buying cigarettes and I'm like, 'What am I doing? Pull it together!'"
Singer Rod Stewart has put his rare Ferrari up for sale for more than $1 million (£583,399). The Maggie May hitmaker is parting ways with his 1990 F40 model, which will go up for auction in Burbank, California next month (02Aug14) by classic car auction company Auctions America.
His sports car has less than 7,900 miles on the clock, is in "excellent condition", and is one of just 1,315 F40s produced from 1987 to 1992.
Organisers believe Stewart's Ferrari could sell for up to $1.3 million (£760,000).
Last month (Jun14), Stewart put his Lamborghini Miura sports car up for sale for $1.4 million (£900,000).