Maggie Gyllenhaal proves she’s the ultimate role model in the business, and she tells HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY why James Franco is ‘great!’ She blew us away with her candid thoughts about women on the big screen too! See her feelings on all things acting and the hunky star here!
Maggie Gyllenhaal, 38, is a busy woman these days. With an upcoming HBO show, The Deuce, starring alongside James Franco, 38, she’s one of the hardest working women in Hollywood. She dished to HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY on what it’s like to work with James saying, “He’s been great. I really like him.” Maggie says that she and the actor are “in the middle of shooting” the show and that it’s “been amazing.” The new drama, which has no official airdate at this time, is set in the 1970’s and explores a number of rising issues during that time. “He actually directed the third episode, which was really a pleasure,” she said about James. “I loved working with him as a director.” Aw! We’re looking forward to see these two in the upcoming drama!
After discussing her show, Maggie laughed and told us that she probably sounded like she was talking in a “1970’s Queens accent” due to her new HBO role. Getting on to the topic of acting and women’s roles in Hollywood, she shared her thoughts on how females are taking on bigger parts and breaking barriers in the acting world. “I think there are many interesting, fascinating roles for women right now — Of course, I wish there were more,” Maggie candidly admitted. “But, I think it’s an exciting time to be an actress, I feel excited anyway.”
She went on to express her own thoughts on the projects she’s had a chance to be a part of, saying, “I feel like I’ve been working with some really interesting writers and directors to tell stories that feel like they’re really about women, that we recognize, and that we relate to.” We have to say, we’re loving the girl power behind her inspiring thoughts!
Speaking of working with “interesting writers and directors” Maggie has been busy with a partnership of her own with some very talented individuals! She is the star of three short films from the finalists of Jameson’s ‘First Shot’ competition. In case you didn’t know, this amazing competition gives three writers and directors a chance to bring their passion for film and their brilliant scripts to life, by choosing finalists out of a pool of applicants that Maggie tells us is “3,000 or 5,000” people!
She got involved with the competition, which involves Kevin Spacey, 57, Dana Brunetti, 43, and Trigger Street Productions, after she was showed the top 20 finalists. “They asked me to do it and they showed me some of the films they had made in the previous years with other actors that I admire — Kevin Spacey and Willem Dafoe. I thought the movies were really good, and I thought it was a great idea,” she said. “They showed me the top 20. So I chose which three films I wanted to make” with “characters that were interesting to me.”
Maggie stars in the short films, Beauty Mark, The New Express, and Home, where she also offered the young film fanatics her expert guidance. You can watch the films and learn all about the opportunity that gives emerging talent the chance to pursue their dreams right here!
HollywoodLifers, are you excited for Maggie’s new HBO show? Will you be watching her new short films? Tell us in the comments below!