Maggie Gyllenhaal

  • Aired:  07/30/14
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Maggie Gyllenhaal shares her motivations for making the mini-series "The Honorable Woman," which delves into the conflict between Israel and Palestine. (6:05)

>> Jon: WELCOME BACK.MY GUEST TONIGHT, AN ACTRESS

HER NEW SERIES FOR SUNDANCE TVIS CALLED "THE HONOURABLE

WOMAN."

>> THEY DON'T WANT YOU TO CHOOSE

A PALESTINIAN.

THEY WANT AN ISRAELI.

>> IT DOESN'T MATTER WHAT ANYONEWANTS, MR. MURAJI.

>> WE WANT YOU TO CHOOSE APALESTINIAN.

>>I WILL CHOOSE WHOEVER BESTPROTECTS THE AIMS AND IDEALS OF

THIS COMPANY.

AND NOTHING YOU OR ANYONE ELSEWANTS WILL AFFECT THAT DECISION.

>> YOU CANNOT CHOOSE AN ISRAELI,NOT AFTER THIS.

>> I'LL CHOOSE EXACTLY WHO IWANT.

>> THEN YOU WILL HAVE MADE AMISTAKE.

>> AND IF I DO, AT LEAST IT WILLBE MINE.

>> Jon: WELL, THAT SEEMS LIKE ANINTERESTING SUBJECT. ALL RIGHT.

PLEASE WELCOME BACK TO THEPROGRAM MAGGIE GYLLENHAAL.

COME ON!

LOOK AT YOU.

HOW ARE YOU?

>> I'M GOOD.

I'M GOOD.

>> Jon: WHAT ARE YOU DOING TOME?

>> SORRY.

I'M SORRY.

LET'S DO IT.

>> Jon: ALL RIGHT.SO WHEN DID YOU START FILMING

THIS THING, THIS, THISMINISERIES?

>> IN 2013.

>> Jon: 2013.>> YEAH.

>> AND YOU PROBABLY THOUGHT TOYOU'RE, WELL, JEEZ WE'RE

GOING TO MAKE THIS AND THENPROBABLY BE OBSOLETE

BECAUSE BY THE TIME IT COMESOUT, THIS WHOLE CONFLICT

WILL BE SOLVED.

>> RIGHT.

RIGHT.

>> Jon: AND PEOPLE WILL SEE ITAS A HISTORICAL DOCUMENT.

>> NO, NOT EXACTLY.

[LAUGHTER]IT WAS A RELATIVELY QUIET TIME

WHEN WE MADE IT, BUT RIGHT,OBVIOUSLY...

>> Jon: RIGHT. WHERE DID YOUMAKE IT?

>> WE MADE IT IN LONDON ANDMOROCCO.

>> Jon: WELL, THAT'S PROBABLYWHY IT WAS QUIETER.

LONDON AND MOROCCO.

>> BUT 2013 WAS QUIET IN ISRAELAND PALESTINE, TOO, QUIETER.

>> Jon: 20 YEARS. IT'S KINDA NOTQUIET.

>> NO, IT'S TRUE.

>> Jon: AND ALSO, YOU KNOW, YOU,YOU, YOU GIVE A SPEECH IN THE

BEGINNING OF IT. YOURCHARACTER GIVES A SPEECH

ABOUT RELATIONS BETWEENISRAEL AND PALESTINE.

AND NO ONE SHOUTS YOU DOWN.

>> ARE PEOPLE GONNA POP UP WHENWE TALK ABOUT IT?

>> Jon: NO, NO, NO. BUT NOBODYSHOUTED YOU DOWN.

AND I THOUGHT, YOU KNOW, IUNDERSTAND ARTISTIC LICENSE, BUT

PUSHING FICTION THAT FAR I THINKREALLY CAN GET YOU IN TROUBLE.

>> YOU KNOW, IT'S FUNNY.

SO FAR ACTUALLY ABOUT THIS SHOW,AND I'VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT IT

FOR A COUPLE WEEKS.

AND I'VE WATCHED YOU SHOW.

I KNOW IT'S BEENCOMPLICATED. AND I,

I HAVEN'T HAD ANYBODY PUSHBACK AT ME AND BE REALLY UPSET.

YOU KNOW, I DON'T KNOW.

I GUESS WE'LL SEE WHAT HAPPENS.BUT I FEEL...

>> Jon: YOU HAVE VERYTHOUGHTFUL FRIENDS.

>> YEAH, I KNOW.

I'M CURIOUS TO SEE WHATHAPPENS.

I THINK THERE WILL BE MOMENTS INIT WHEN PEOPLE THINK WE'VE GONE

TOO FAR...>> Jon: RIGHT.

>> TO ONE SIDE OR TOO FARTO THE OTHER, BUT I THINK

ULTIMATELY, YOU KNOW...

>> Jon: IT'S ABOUTUNDERSTANDING EACH OTHER AND

DRAMATIZING THAT.

>> WELL, IT'S ABOUT LAYING OUTASPECTS OF THE CONFLICT I THINK

AND ASKING THE AUDIENCE TO THINKABOUT IT.

>> Jon: UH-HUH.

>> AND SO FAR, ANYWAY, I MEAN,YOU KNOW, FOUR EPISODES HAVE

PLAYED IN LONDON, AND ACTUALLYTHE FOURTH EPISODE TAKES

PLACE IN GAZA AND PLAYEDLAST THURSDAY.

AND, YOU KNOW, I WAS REALLYCURIOUS WHAT WOULD HAPPEN AND

HOW PEOPLE WOULD RESPOND.

AND I THINK... I DON'T KNOW.

SO FAR, I HOPE IT IS MAKINGPEOPLE THINK AND FEEL.

I DON'T KNOW.

>> Jon: THERE'S SOMETHINGCALLED TWITTER.

I THINK IF YOU CHECK IT, I THINKYOU'LL SEE.

>> YEAH, I KNOW.

>> Jon: LET ME ASK YOUABOUT THE CHARACTER,

BECAUSE I'M ALMOST MOREINTERESTED IN, THOUGH, IN WHEN

YOU'RE MAKING IT, BECAUSE SOMUCH OF THIS IS... WHEN YOU'RE

CREATING SOMETHING ALONG THESELINES, IT'S ABOUT THE

PARTICIPANTS, THE ACTORS, THEWRITERS, THE DIRECTOR DISCUSSING

THESE ISSUES.

I IMAGINE THERE WAS A WIDEVARIETY OF OPINION ON SET.

HOW DID YOU FIND THAT THATMANIFESTED ITSELF?

AND WAS THAT AN INTERESTINGCONVERSATION?

>> I MEAN, I MEAN, I THINK INSOME WAYS THE WAY YOU'RE GOING

IN IS THE RIGHT WAY. LIKEBASICALLY,

WE MADE A PIECE OF ART. ICREATED A CHARACTER.

I TRIED TO CREATE A CHARACTERTHAT I HOPED WOULD SPEAK TO BOTH

SIDES. NOW, MAYBETHAT'S A FANTASY.

BUT I DO THINK IT'S A FANTASYTHAT'S WORTH HAVING,

>> Jon: SURE.

>> THAT'S WORTH EXPLORING,THAT'S WORTH CONSIDERING.

AND, YOU KNOW, ESPECIALLY NOW ATTHIS MOMENT WHERE IT FEELS

IMPOSSIBLE, WHERE IT'S REALLYSCARY TO TALK ABOUT, ESPECIALLY

IN THIS COUNTRY, YOU KNOW, ITHINK, I THINK ART CAN BE ONE

WAY IN TO START TO THINKAND FEEL ABOUT THIS,

NOT THAT IT'S GOING TO,YOU KNOW, SOLVE ANYTHING...

>> Jon: RIGHT.

>> BUT IF YOU CAN, IF YOU CANSHIFT SOMEONE A LITTLE TINY BIT,

IF THERE'S, YOU KNOW, IF YOUHAVE A, IF IT'S TOO SCARY TO

HAVE A CONVERSATION WITH SO MANYPEOPLE BECAUSE IT'S,

PEOPLE GET SO ANGRY ANDSTOP LISTENING, MAYBE, MAYBE

SOMETHING LIKE THIS CAN MAKE YOUFEEL ABOUT IT IN A WAY THAT

MAKES YOU THINK.

>> Jon: IS THAT WHEN YOU FIRSTINVOLVE YOURSELF IN IT, IS THAT

PART OF THE CALCULATION AND THEEQUATION? DO YOU THINK TO

YOURSELF, LIKE, YOU KNOW WHAT,THIS IS, THIS... THIS IS A NICE,

THIS IS A PARTICULARLYFRUITFUL AREA FOR ART TO

DELVE INTO BECAUSE IT'STOUCHING, YOU KNOW, THE MOST

VOLATILE HEART, YOU KNOW,IN SOME WAYS ON THE PLANET.

>> THAT'S WHY I THINK HUGO, WHOIS THE DIRECTOR, WHO IS A

GENIUS, IN MY OPINION, THAT'SWHY HE SET IT HERE ON SOME LEVEL

BECAUSE THERE IS ANIMPOSSIBILITY ABOUT IT.

>> Jon: RIGHT.

>> BECAUSE IT IS THE HEART OFSOMETHING. AND IT, BUT

FOR ME, TO BE HONEST, I GOTINVOLVED AND EMOTIONALLY

ATTACHED TO WHAT'S HAPPENINGTHERE THROUGH MAKING IT.

>> Jon: RIGHT.

>> I KNEW ABOUT AS MUCH AS YOUKNOW IF YOU KIND OF TRY READ THE

NEWSPAPER, LIKE I DO.

I DO MY BEST.>> Jon: RIGHT.

>> I HAVE TWO LITTLE KIDS, ANDI, YOU KNOW, I...

>> Jon: RIGHT.

>> BUT I, I NOW I AMCOMPULSIVELY READING ABOUT IT.

>> Jon: RIGHT.

TRY TO KEEP THE KIDS AWAY FROMTHAT BECAUSE THAT, THAT IS A

TOUGH ONE TO EXPLAIN.

>> THAT IS TRUE.

>> TO THE LITTLE ONES.

WELL, IT'S ALWAYS GREAT TO SEEYOU. NEXT TIME WHAT DO YOU

THINK ABOUT LIKE A KIDS'ANIMATED SERIES? SOMETHING LIKE

THAT. YOU COME BACK AND TALKABOUT THAT FOR A LITTLE?

>> SURE.

>> Jon: MIGHT BE, YOU KNOW...

>> I JUST CAME THE CHALLENGE YOUA LITTLE.

>> Jon: I KNOW.

I LOVE IT VERY MUCH.

"THE HONORABLE WOMAN" PREMIERESON SUNDANCE TV THURSDAY

JULY 31st AT 10:00 P.M., THENEXT EPISODE,

OR THE FIRST ONE HEREIN THIS COUNTRY.

>> THAT'S RIGHT.

>> Jon: YES. MAGGIE GYLLENHAAL,EVERYBODY.

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