Maggie Gyllenhaal Is Tired Of Women Twisting Themselves Oct12

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Maggie Gyllenhaal Is Tired Of Women Twisting Themselves

Maggie Gyllenhaal Is Tired Of Women Twisting Themselves

daniel barna
2018-10-12T12:00:00.000Z

Since breaking out at the 2002 Sundance film festival with her star turn in the unnerving indie Secretary, Maggie Gyllenhaal has made a career out of exploring what it means to be a woman living in a man’s world. In the acclaimed espionage thriller The Honorable Woman, Gyllenhaal played a billionaire heiress who was forced to navigate her way through the unrelenting patriarchy of the Middle East. And in the period porn drama The Deuce, which returned to HBO in September, Gyllenhaal plays Candy, a hardscrabble Times Square prostitute-turned-filmmaker who rebels against the power imbalances in the burgeoning porn industry.

In her new Netflix film, The Kindergarten Teacher (out today), Gyllenhaal once again plays a woman whose true potential is stifled by external forces. Gyllenhaal is Lisa Spinelli, the titular child educator and aspiring poet who discovers that one of her young students might be a prodigy in the exact literary vocation in which she craves acceptance. When those in Lisa and her protege’s immediate orbit seem underwhelmed by his potential brilliance, she takes matters into her own hands and becomes increasingly obsessive and unhinged in the process. Written and directed by Sara Colangelo, The Kindergarten Teacher is an emotionally intense and psychologically complex treatise on the lengths a woman will go when it feels like the world is passing her by. We caught up with Gyllenhaal last monthwhen she was on hand for the film’s Toronto International Film Festival premiereto discuss what attracted her to the role, how the rise of Trump affected her creative process, and why it is that stories about complex women still don’t get their due in Hollywood.


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