Maggie Gyllenhaal and husband Peter Sarsgaard welcomed daughter Gloria Ray last month. And while we were on ‘baby bump watch’ throughout her pregnancy, the actress – who is also mom to 5-year-old daughter Ramona – says paparazzi shots of her family are the one subject of which ignorance is bliss.
“I do not go near them,” Maggie tells Huffington Post about the paps. “I don’t know if they do it to me or if they don’t, because when I used to even peek a little bit I found it so brutal, and so unkind. Sometimes someone will send me something or say ‘Oh, I saw a picture of you and Ramona on the street.’ And I always write back and say I just don’t want to know.”
Maggie goes on to say her life with the lingering paparazzi can be “confusing.”
It’s funny because I feel this way about almost nothing else. Everything else in my life I think ‘I want all the information.’ I want to know as much as I can know,” she adds. “In this case, if someone followed my 5-year-old to kindergarten and I didn’t know, I would rather just not know. I get so confused by all of that.”
But she says the family’s move to Brooklyn has helped make life more low-key.
It’s much better now. Last time, when my daughter [Ramona] was born, I was living in the West Village. Everything was different. I had, like, seven movies come out at once.”
The Academy Award-nominated actress – whose breakout role came as a kinky administrative assistant in the 2002 sadomasochistic romance Secretary – also stars in Hysteria, a story of how a disillusioned young doctor (Hugh Dancy) invented the vibrator in Victorian England.
The mom-of-two discovered the subject matter is still curiously taboo.
When I watched it, I was flushed and people in the audience were hysterically laughing,” she says. “And it came out of not being used to seeing stuff like that, and even I felt that way. And the first movie I made was an S&M movie. I do not think of myself as prudish at all. I’m interested in sex; I’m curious about it. I think of myself as pretty open. But I was surprised by my own response and the audience’s response, every time I’ve been around the movie or been interviewed about it, and how, kind of, uncomfortable it still makes us.”
Maggie goes on to say that doing international press for Hysteria sparked some interesting conversations.
“My favorite was where this woman asked me which did I think did more for women’s rights and the women’s movement: the vibrator or the dishwasher?” she says. “I think I have to go with the dishwasher.”