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Maggie Gyllenhaal Talks About "Secretary"
by Rebecca Murray

Maggie Gyllenhaal at a Special Screening of "Moonlight Mile"
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While attending a special benefit screening of her brother Jake's movie, "Moonlight Mile," Maggie Gyllenhaal had a few minutes to talk briefly about her role in writer/director Steven Shainberg's romantic comedy, "Secretary." Here's what the talented actress had to say about the film, S&M, and the prospects of working with her brother.


What attracted you to "Secretary?"
It's a movie that's actually about something. It's a movie that's complicated and I don't see that many movies lately that are actually about something, that are trying to challenge something about the way that people interact.

Are there some comedic aspects to it?
Oh yes, absolutely. It's definitely funny. It's a romantic comedy but it's a romantic comedy about real people who are both tender, loving and happy, and also broken and dark and complicated - like everyone is. It's definitely funny.

Do you feel it glorifies S&M?
I think it's less about S&M than everyone seems to think it is before they see it. I think that S&M in the movie is in a lot of ways a metaphor for the complications in life, for the fact that there is both light and dark in every relationship and in every person. And that pain helps to define what pleasure is. Without it, there would be no concept of pleasure. I think it glorifies S&M only in the sense that whatever it is that you need to wake yourself up, to be present and be aware, do it. Be aware why you are doing it, but do it.

Do you have any plans to do any more films with your brother, Jake?
With Jake? I think we are both going to wait until we have our feet a little more clearly on the ground in our own work before we do it again. “Donnie Darko” was sort of like a fluke. It was like, “Oh sure, yeah, I'll play your older sister. I mean I am your older sister.”

Is it difficult to work with him, being brother and sister?
I feel like we've barely done it. We did it for a couple of days on “Donnie Darko” but I think it would be really, really powerful when we get a chance to do it for real.

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