Maggie Gyllenhaal is not just a talented actress but is also a member of the acclaimed Gyllenhaal family of filmmakers and entertainers. Her father is an American film director and poet while her mother is also a film director and screenwriter. Maggie’s younger brother, Jake Gyllenhaal also followed in the family’s trade.
Even with all these advantages, Maggie has made a name for herself, without depending on her family’s connections. She has always perfected the roles given to her and has put her name on the lips of many movie fans. She has been nominated for several awards for the duration of her career but she notably won a Golden Globe for her role in The Honorable Woman.
Maggie Gyllenhaal: Bio, Age
Maggie Gyllenhaal was born on the 16th of November, 1977 in Manhattan, New York City, United States of America. She was born to Naomi Foner Gyllenhaal and Stephen Gyllenhaal.
Her father has Swedish and English Ancestry and her mother came from families that emigrated from Poland and Russia. In all of this, Maggie has affirmed that she grew up with the Jewish culture and she still identifies with it.
Growing up in Los Angeles, Maggie attended Harvard-Westlake Prep School. She went on to spend four months at the Mountain School. She then graduated from Harvard-Westlake in 1995, moving on to Columbia University where she majored in Literature and Eastern Religions.
She also studied acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA) in London, England.
She began her acting career at age 15 when she appeared in her father’s films, Waterland (1992) and A Dangerous Woman (1993).
Shortly after graduating from college, she appeared in films like Cecil B Demented (2000) and Riding In Cars With Boys (2001). She has also been in plays, making her theatrical debut in the production of Patrick Marber’s Closer. She starred in several other plays including No Exit, The Tempest, and Antony and Cleopatra.
The actress became more popular after starring in the black comedy, Secretary (2002); a film about two people who willingly chose to live the BDSM lifestyle. At first, she was skeptical about taking the role because she believed it will send out anti-feminist vibes. She eventually joined the project and it earned her the Best Breakthrough Performance by an Actress Award from the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures.
In 2003, she appeared alongside Julia Roberts in Mona Lisa Smile, playing the role of Giselle, which received major critical acclaim. Despite this success, she chose to move on to smaller independent films such as Casa de Los Babys (2003) and Criminal (2004). She later returned to big blockbusters and gained attention for her role in The Dark Knight (2008).
She presently stars in the HBO drama series, The Deuce.
Husband & Children
Maggie Gyllenhaal is married to Peter Sarsgaard, a very close friend of her brother, Jake. The relationship began in 2002, with engagement surfacing in 2006 and they tied the knot on May 2, 2009, in Italy. They currently have two beautiful daughters, Ramona and Gloria Ray.
Her husband, Peter John Sarsgaard, was born on the 7th of March 7, 1971, in St. Clair County, Illinois, into the family of Judy Lea and John Dale Sarsgaard. He grew up in a Roman Catholic family and became an altar boy. His father was an Airforce engineer and this made the family move constantly.
Sarsgaard attended Fairfield College Prep School in Connecticut where he showed interest in the film industry. He went on to Bard College in New York before transferring to Washington University where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in History. He, like his wife, has also made wonderful achievements in his career. His first film role was in the movie Dead Man Walking (1995). Other films include Boys, Don’t Cry, The Centre Of The World, Shattered Glass, The Skeleton Key and so many more. He has also earned a Golden Globe Award and an Independent Spirit Award.
The actress and movie producer has an accumulated net worth of $15 million. She has worked very hard over the years to be deserving of that amount. Considering she has no plans of slowing down, be very certain that her fortune will rise in the near future.
Height and Five Other Facts About Maggie Gyllenhaal
1. Maggie Gyllenhaal has taken steps out of acting and into modeling. She has worked for companies like Miu Miu, Reebok, and a few more.
2. She is a stern supporter of Witness, a non-profit organization that exposes human rights violations.
3. She is also a voice actress – she voiced Elizabeth, Zee, in the animated horror movie Monster House.
4. In 2017, she became a member of the Berlin Film Festival Jury.
5. Maggie Gyllenhaal appeared alongside her brother in the sci-fi film, Donnie Darko, where she played her real brother’s on-screen sister in the movie.
6. The actress is 5feet 7inches tall which translates to (1.75 m).