Maggie Gyllenhaal to Star in a Political Thriller TV Series

The Oscar-nominated actress will star in "The Honorable Woman" which focuses on Israel and the West Bank.
3:15 | 07/31/14

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It is so great to have Maggie gyllenhaal here with us this morning. Everyone thinks it's great. She's starring in a brand-new political thriller. It's called "Honorable woman" about a successful businesswoman who gets caught up in a firestorm when she tries to help connect Israel and the west bank. Take a look. They don't want to you choose a Palestinian. They want an Israeli. Doesn't matter what anyone wants, Mr. Meraji. We want to you choose a Palestinian. I will choose whoever best protects the aims and ideals of this company. I want to ask you, I mean, obviously the middle east and the conflict going on has spiraled out of control recently so this is a timely topic but what drew you to this project? Really it was the script which included, you know, a real considering of what was happening in the middle east and also a character like none I'd ever seen before. You know, a woman my age, she was like 35 and really both powerful and intelligent and graceful and also at the same time confused and broken and childlike like I think we all are, you know. Your character's name is nessa stein a businesswoman working on a data network linking Israel and the west bank but she gets drawn into the larger political conflict. Tell me about what happens. Well, what happens is very complicated and it's worth, you know, watching. Too difficult to explain. What I will say, I mean because at the moment it's true, we are in our real life in this world in the midst of something that's heartbreaking to watch. And I think sometimes when you see something it's at that feels impossible which is not to say that I don't believe in hope or reckon sail Jason, I absolutely do but something that fees so impossible sometimes a piece of art can be a way into thinking and feeling about it and I tried to create a character who could maybe speak to both sides. What was your biggest challenge playing nessa? I mean, the experience was one of those special ones, you know, they don't happen all the time so actually work, even though nessa goes through things that are so hard and horrible things are happening around her, work was actually pretty amazing. I would say the biggest challenge was working on this and having two small kids. I can understand that completely. I understand that you would love to be on "Downtonabbey". I would like to be the pregnant third cousin or something that comes from America. I could be English. Whatever they want, I'll do it. I hope they're listening. You would be fantastic on it and I believe you have a big Broadway debut. Sitting in the middle of times square thinking I'm going to be here every day, yeah, we're going to do "The real thing." Stomach Stafford's "The real thing" with Ewan McGregor. Wow, so a busy mom, busy actress but those are all very good things. We cannot wait to watch "Honorable woman." Thank you very much. We really appreciate you stopping by. It premieres tonight on sundance TV and we will be right back.

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