“They offered ‘Secretary’ to 10 others … they all turned it down”
Maggie Gyllenhaal appeared in a mix of quirky, cult favorites including “Donnie Darko” and “Cecil B. Demented” before bursting out in “The Dark Knight.” Daughter of director Stephen Gyllenhaal and screenwriter Naomi Foner, big sister to actor Jake and wife of actor Peter Sarsgaard, Gyllenhaal stars opposite another acting family beacon, Jeff Bridges, in Fox Searchlight’s “Crazy Heart,” opening Wednesday.
She spoke with Eric Estrin about the family business, her script radar and the erotic indie film that put her on the map.
Just growing up in Los Angeles with parents who made movies, I had access to all sorts of things that a lot of people don’t have access to.
My parents weren’t like movie stars. My parents made good little movies, and it felt more like their friends were artists than celebrities. But at the same time, everyone had agents and I knew their agents. It’s different than like my husband, who came from Washington University and moved to New York and didn’t have a connection anywhere.