MAGGIE Gyl­len­haal

Chattanooga Times Free Press - Parade - - PERSONALITY PARADE -

The ac­tress from Crazy Heart, The Dark Night, Don­nie Darko and White House Down, 39, plays Candy Mer­rell in HBO’s The Deuce, pre­mier­ing Sept. 10. It’s about the rise of the bil­lion-dol­lar porn in­dus­try in New York’s Times Square in the 1970s. What mo­ti­vates Candy, who is a hooker and sin­gle mom? She is a lit­tle bit of a loner. She’s try­ing to sur­vive, and she’s just keep­ing her head above wa­ter. The role re­quired a bit of nu­dity. The nu­dity wasn’t scary for me. The real chal­lenge was to ex­plore be­ing a pros­ti­tute in re­la­tion to sex, art, money and power. Is moth­er­hood your pri­or­ity these days? The part of me that’s an artist and the part that’s a mother ex­ist si­mul­ta­ne­ously. [She and her hus­band, actor Peter Sars­gaard, have two chil­dren.] There are times when I have to make work sac­ri­fices and other times when my fam­ily has to. You have the big 4-0 com­ing up. Is it just a num­ber or does it mean some­thing? I see women who are older than me, some of whom have given up and gone to sleep and that’s that. Other women seem so wise and in­spir­ing, and I would like to move to­ward be­ing like them.

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