Maggie Gyllenhaal Says Latest Film Role Was Bittersweet

10/13/2008 at 07:00 AM ET
Bauer Griffin

When the blockbuster The Dark Knight lured Maggie Gyllenhaal away from her maternity leave with daughter Ramona, 2, the 30-year-old actress says it didn’t feel like much of a sacrifice. "I had a 3-month-old when they first came to me about [the film], she was seven months when we started shooting and 14 months when we wrapped," Maggie explained during a Friday appearance on The View. "It didn’t really feel like I was split [between work and family] because I had tons of time off."

The scenario was quite different with her latest role in the indie film Crazy Heart, however. "This was the first time it was very complicated, because I felt like I needed to work," Maggie says. "But at the same time, I could feel it being very difficult for my daughter." Ramona — now of an age to verbalize her displeasure! — didn’t always make it easy on her mom during the recent film shoot. "She would say to me like 10 times in an hour, ‘Mommy go to work, Mommy got in the car, Mommy go, Mommy work,’" Maggie says.

Ramona is the first child for Maggie and actor Peter Sarsgaard.

Source: The View

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Lisa on

Don’t know if it is official or anything, but when she was on the View last week she specifically referred to Peter as her husband….

phoebe on

I think Maggie is one of the most unconventional yet naturally pretty actresses there is. And the little one is adorable too!

Jane on

Oh, that’s a dear story. It sounds like Ramona was trying to get her mind around her mom leaving- trying to somehow resolve it in her mind and heart what was happening!

jenise on

She did refer to Peter as her husband. Does anyone know when they got married?

Sasha, USA on

She is also referred to as Peter’s wife in a recent article about his role in The Seagull on Broadway…I forget the source. She was perfect in The Dark Knight, I am so glad she did that movie!!


I read that in Time Out NY a few weeks ago. Link here:

I wonder if they just went ahead and did it w/o telling anyone. Seems like their style!

— Sarah, Staff Editor

Brandi on

“She would say to me like 10 times in an hour, ‘Mommy go to work, Mommy got in the car, Mommy go, Mommy work,'”

My youngest son does the same thing and it just tears my heart out.

Gigi on

love maggie! she is amazing at her talent and i am glad that she is able to find a balance between motherhood and being able to be the phenomonal actress that she is.

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