Margalit Ruth Gyllenhaal
New York City, New York, United States
Brooklyn, New York, United States
Maggie attended Harvard–Westlake prep school in Los Angeles, California and graduated in 1995.
Subsequently, she went to Columbia University to attain a Bachelor of Arts degree in literature and Eastern religions.
Maggie took acting lessons from London’s Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.
- Father – Stephen Gyllenhaal (Film director and writer)
- Mother – Naomi Achs (Producer, writer, director)
- Siblings – Jake Gyllenhaal (Younger Brother) (Actor)
- Others – Anders Leonard Gyllenhaal (Great-Great-Grandfather)
She is signed to MGMT Entertainment.
5 ft 9 in or 175 cm
60 kg or 132 pounds
Maggie started dating actor Peter Sarsgaard in June 2002. He was already a close friend of her brother Jake. They got engaged in April 2006 and married on May 2, 2009 in Brindisi, Italy.
The couple has two daughters, named, Ramona (b. October 2006) and Gloria Ray (b. April 2012).
Race / Ethnicity
She has Swedish and English ancestry on her father’s side, while she is of Russian and Polish descent on her mother’s side.
36-25-35 in or 91.5-63.5-89 cm
6 (US) or 36 (EU)
9.5 (US) or 40 (EU)
She has appeared in fashion brand Miu Miu’s ad in 2004.
From 2011 to 2012, she appeared in the print ads for got milk?
Best Known For
Playing the role as Lee Holloway in the 2002 erotic romance film Secretary. The film received nearly two dozen nominations, out of which many of were turned into awards.
She appeared in 1992 mystery drama film Waterland for her role as Maggie Ruth. Her dad Stephen directed the film.
First TV Show
In 2014, she debuted in the political–spy thriller miniseries The Honourable Woman as Nessa Stein.
For the show, she also won a Golden Globe’s Best Actress Award.
She works out.
Maggie, as a beginner started out with lots of running. She used to run for around 45 minutes. Though her hubby is a big runner and with him, she covers much greater distances like 5 miles in much lesser time.
She is also into cardio aerobics, apart from running.
She has also started practicing yoga and is in love with Ashtanga pose.
Maggie Gyllenhaal Favorite Things
- Actress – Gena Rowlands
- Salad – Summer Zucchini Salad
- Coffee Shop – Gorilla Coffee Shop in Brooklyn
Maggie Gyllenhaal Facts
- Maggie’s dad grew up in Swedenborgian religion.
- Maggie did not go to any Hebrew school.
- Gyllenhaal’s birth certificate contains the name “Margalit,” which she found in 2013. She then officially changed it to “Maggie.” In some news websites, “Margolit” can also be seen.
- “Margalit” is a Hebrew word, which means “Pearl” in English.
- She has also worked as a waitress in a Massachusetts restaurant.
- She has modeled for brands like Miu Miu, Reebok, and Agent Provocateur.
- She also used to smoke earlier, but now has quit.
- For the 2010 film The Killer Inside Me, she was first considered to play the role of Joyce Lakeland. But, ultimately, Jessica Alba was finalized to the cast.
- Maggie is good friends with actress Emma Thompson.
- In 2015, she revealed that she was rejected to play the love interest of a 55-year old male character in a movie, saying that, she was too old to do that. At that time, she was 37.
- She never leaves home without a lipstick in her purse.
- Connect with Maggie on Twitter and Facebook.