Maggie Gyllenhaal Wants To Put Being A Mother Ahead Of Hollywood Fame

Maggie Gyllenhaal

Maggie Gyllenhaal says that motherhood made her a better actress, but now she wants to spend more time at home than in front of the cameras.

“I think having a child changes everything and has deepened everything in my life,” Maggie, mom to 20-month-old daughter Ramona, told reporters recently. “I think it has deepened my acting.”

Of motherhood, “It really does crack you open in every way,” said Maggie. “I never knew that I could be so tired. I never knew that I could work so hard. I never knew that I could love so much or be so patient or be so excited by the tiniest, tiniest little thing. Everything about it has surprised me.”

Maggie co-stars with Christian Bale and the late Heath Ledger The Dark Knight. 

In the film, she plays Rachel Dawes, Batman’s love interest, taking over the role from Katie Holmes, who played the part in the previous film.

“I do think that it’s really difficult to get me away from [Ramona],” she said. “It’s difficult to find a script that’s good enough for me to think, ‘Okay, I really need to do this instead of being with my daughter.'”

Maggie filmed Farlanders for director Sam Mendes last spring, “but mostly I’ve been with her,” she shared. “Some people have asked me whether I’ll choose things that … have a more sort of child-appropriate content, and I don’t think so. I think I’ll choose what’s interesting to me.”

Maggie also shared that she receives tremendous support balancing parenthood and career from fiancé, Peter Sarsgaard. “We share absolutely equally,” she explained, and added that her brother Jake Gyllenhaal is “a great uncle.”




  1. ANTI says

    I agree with #3 – it gets a tad nauseating when these first time celebrity Moms gush about how wonderful it is to be with their kids and not on a movie set. If being an actor is so horrible, go get a different job. Oh but then, they’d have to give up that money and that house and that nanny and that attention….

  2. bj's mom says

    Now this kinda bugs me…i think its great that she wants to put her daughter first, of course. But, she says she has to look over a script and decide if its more important than being with her daughter. In a realistic world, do you think all the working moms dont feel the same way? they would much rather be home with their child, but unlike celebs, they dont have a choice and it dosent mean they dont love them just as much. its very important for these moms to actually GO to work in order to take care of their child, put food on the table, etc.

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