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Celebrity Then And Now
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Entertainment
Celebrity Then And Now
Publication: City Of Edmonton News.
Posted by Lexi Schwartz
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Maggie Gyllenhaal

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Famous For:
Donnie Darko, Secretary, The Dark Knight
Networth:
$15 Million
Currently Known For:
Actress and Producer
Famous Years:
1990s - Present
Birthdate:
November 16, 1977
Maggie Gyllenhaal


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  famous for:
Donnie Darko, Secretary, The Dark Knight

  networth:
$15 Million

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“A big part of being an actress specifically is feeling entitled to your artistic opinion, feeling that it means something, and being able to stand by it.” American actress and producer Maggie Gyllenhaal has quite a bit of name recognition thanks to her natural talents and her family’s stellar reputation. The daughter of filmmakers, Gyllenhaal launched her career in her teens and later joined her brother, Jake, in the 2001 cult classic Donnie Darko. She garnered widespread praise for her performance as Rachel Dawes in The Dark Knight (2008) and has proven the sky is the limit with her talents over the last decade! Advertisements:
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Early Life and Career

The daughter of filmmakers Stephen Gyllenhaal and Naomi Achs, Margalit Ruth Gyllenhaal was born on November 16, 1977, in New York City, New York. She was raised alongside her younger brother, Jake, in Los Angeles, California. Her parents placed a great emphasis on education and sent Gyllenhaal to the Harvard-Westlake prep school. After graduating in 1995, she moved back to her family’s native New York where she studied literature and Eastern religions at Columbia University. She spent a semester abroad in London studying acting at the prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. “I feel so gratified about having finished college,” she said. “I learned how to articulate myself. It gave me confidence more than anything and also the ability to analyze the text.”

Amid completing her education, Gyllenhaal ventured into acting alongside her younger brother, Jake, in her father’s films A Dangerous Woman (1993) and Homegrown (1998). Although she only played supporting roles, Gyllenhaal knew she wanted to pursue acting after college and did exactly that as she won minor parts in Cecil B. Demented (2000) and Riding in Cars with Boys (2001). She turned heads in late 2001 when she and Jake played on-screen siblings in the cult classic Donnie Darko (2001).

Dabbling in theater with several local productions of The Tempest, Antony and Cleopatra, No Exit, and The Butterfly Project, Gyllenhaal returned to the silver screen in full force in 2002 when she made a lasting impression for her role in Secretary (2002). Critics couldn’t get enough of her performance as Gyllenhaal earned the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures Award for Best Breakthrough Performance as well as her first Golden Globe nomination. She then starred in Adaptation (2002) and joined an ensemble cast in Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002).

With her performance in Mona Lisa Smile (2003) panned by critics, Gyllenhaal focused her attention on independent projects over the next few years. She joined the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2004 and ventured into television with a starring role in the HBO film Strip Search (2004). Briefly returning to theater in the Los Angeles production of Homebody/Kabul, Gyllenhaal starred in Happy Endings (2005) and a string of mediocre films in 2006 including Trust the Man, Stranger than Fiction, Monster House, World Trade Center, and Sherrybaby.

Expressing Her Art: Building Her Legacy

Gyllenhaal’s talents caught the attention of director Christopher Nolan who cast her as Rachel Dawes in The Dark Knight (2008). Nolan empowered Gyllenhaal’s character and, thanks to a stellar performance by the entire cast, the film was a massive hit and earned over $1 billion worldwide. Gyllenhaal used the momentum to her advantage and appeared in Away We Go (2009), Crazy Heart (2009), Nanny McPhee Returns (2010), Hysteria (2011), Won’t Back Down (2012), White House Down (2013), and Frank (2014).

In addition to managing her impressive career as an actress, Gyllenhaal proved she could have it all when she fell in love with her brother’s close friend, actor Peter Sarsgaard. Dating from 2002 to 2006, they announced their engagement in April 2006 and married three years later on May 2, 2009, in a small chapel in Brindisi, Italy. They welcomed two daughters into the world, giving Gyllenhaal the ultimate role in life. “Motherhood brings you to your knees in a way that doesn’t leave room for you to judge others,” she said. “It makes you see that there’s no ideal—a constant struggle, constantly compromising, but ultimate love.”

Becoming a mother also made Gyllenhaal more aware of her role as an influencer especially in expressing feminine art and paving the way for women in a male-dominated industry. “For a long time, women behind the camera have been shut out, certainly, but I’ve seen over the past maybe 10 years so many women who are working as a first assistant camera, and I’m just anticipating all of them graduating to become cinematographers—and that will really change filmmaking…”

Gyllenhaal took her talents behind the scenes and made her debut as a producer in The Kindergarten Teacher in 2018. “I loved the feeling when it showed at the Sundance Film Festival where people went in expecting one thing and the rug was pulled out from under them,” she said. “The film is truthful and hard to sit with, but that’s the intention.” For Gyllenhaal, the project was incredibly important for her despite the struggle of finding funding. “The money is lagging,” she said. “That always happens—artists and culture move faster than the money, always. We did not have enough money making The Kindergarten Teacher, not by half, and yet we were a group of women and we were like, ‘OK, we never expected to have enough money, we’re used to that, this is how we do it,’ and we just made it happen.”

Today, the 41-year-old Gyllenhaal is more selective with her projects as she tries to determine how to express feminine art. “It’s not impossible and it certainly happens,” she says, “but I think just because something is written by a woman or directed by a woman that does not necessarily make it feminine—because the context that we’re in is fundamentally masculine.” As for how she picks her next roles, Gyllenhaal relies heavily on her past experience and intuition. “I’ve been trusting my instinct about what jobs to take and it’s been really serving me well,” she said with her most recent role producing and starring in The Deuce (2017-Present). “But I’ve had to go through some painful learning. That’s the way life works—you have to go through hard, dark times to keep learning and ultimately keep moving forward.”

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