In a recent interview with The Orange County Register, Maggie Gyllenhaal talked about not having a clue about motherhood, how it reminds her of how out of control she can be, and the importance of being in a family film.
Starring in Nanny McPhee Returns, Gyllenhaal felt there was some importance to acting in a family film now that she has daughter Ramona.
“Because I am a mom, I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about children and what they’re thinking. I think that it happens naturally. Before, I wasn’t interested in those things, and now I am. It’s not that I wanted to make a movie that my daughter could see. It’s just more appealing to me.”
Admitting failing as a parent, Gyllenhaal struggled with motherhood:
I just didn’t have a clue. I don’t think that’s something you can know. There’s no way to prepare for the challenges, the immense joys, the surprises, the disappointments and the shocks. Your heart just rips open. It’s amazing.
Since being a mom is a huge part of her life, does it make her a better actress?
I don’t know, but I am. Of course, part of it is just getting older. I might be a better actress now because of that. From 28 to 32 are important growing years.
I think motherhood does remind you how out of control you can be. Maybe that’s it.
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