While Hollywood is no stranger to performers who follow in the footsteps of their accomplished parents, few manage to make a mark of their own in the way Maggie Gyllenhaal has. A strong and wickedly talented performer, Gyllenhaal has forged her reputation through acclaimed indie films as well as big-budget blockbusters. Her roles have been a breath of some much needed fresh air in an industry that has tended to stereotype women as hapless characters and without any valid agency.
Maggie was born Margalit Ruth Gyllenhaal in Manhattan in the latest line to the Swedish noble Gyllenhaal family. This may come as a surprise to many of her admirers, but she does hail from an ancient noble family from her father’s side, and is the descendant of Nils Gunnarsson Haal, a cavalry lieutenant in the 17th-century Swedish army. In a more immediate and pertinent time, both her parents come from artistic backgrounds. Her mother, Naomi, is a screenwriter and director while her father, Stephen, is a well-known director who has worked in movies as well as several television shows.
While Gyllenhaal’s father hailed from Swedish nobility, her mother was Jewish, whose grandparents were immigrants from Russia and Poland. Gyllenhaal has a rich cultural heritage, and her upbringing was predominantly Jewish, and she identifies herself as such. Such a unique coming together of worlds has certainly enriched her performative skill. Gyllenhaal’s higher education was at Columbia University, although what is more indicative of the work she would go on to do, is her summer term at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, where she studied acting.
Gyllenhaal’s first appearances came in her father’s films, namely, ‘Waterland’, ‘A Dangerous Woman’ and ‘Homegrown’. Her film career started off with supporting roles in films such as ‘Cecil B. Demented’ and ‘Riding in Cars with Boys’. However, it would be with the Richard Kelly-directed ‘Donnie Darko’ that she would achieve recognition. During this time, Gyllenhaal also ventured into theatre, making her debut in the Berkeley Repertory Theatre production of Patrick Marber’s ‘Closer’. She followed that up with several other productions, ranging from Shakespeare (‘The Tempest’, ‘Antony and Cleopatra’) to Sartre (‘No Exit’).
Gyllenhaal would go on to deliver memorable performances in ‘Secretary’, ‘Adaptation’, and ‘Confessions of a Dangerous Mind’. However, she would garner international fame with Christopher Nolan’s ‘The Dark Knight’ in 2008, portraying Assistant District Attorney Rachel Dawes after Katie Holmes decided not to return to the part.
Gyllenhaal’s acting chops and her unnerving knack to pick some wonderful roles have us thoroughly excited for her upcoming ventures. At this point, the question that might be circling your mind is what is the next Maggie Gyllenhaal movie and TV show? Well, the good news is that we have a clear answer to that question. Here’s the list of upcoming Maggie Gyllenhaal films/TV shows scheduled to release in 2019 and 2020. We can only hope that the latest Maggie Gyllenhaal movies would be as good as some of her recent ones.