Maggie Gyllenhaal is totally smitten with Britain.
She says: “I’d like to move there, if you can convince my husband, I would love to just work in the U.K. actually, to be honest.”
In recent months, she’s spent a lot of time in Britain—including working on the well-received BBC spy thriller miniseries The Honourable Woman—in which she plays an Anglo-Israeli businesswoman.
Her performance as a mysterious and short-tempered theremin player in the film Frank opened in New York last Friday (August 15).
Sitting in a downtown Manhattan hotel, she expressed how much she’d enjoyed working on the other side of the Atlantic.
“I’ve really, really enjoyed working over there,” she says. “Actually Frank and Honourable Woman, were made in the same year. So I had this year where all my work was over there.”
Immersing herself in different work projects she noticed how artistic endeavors are received differently in Britain compared to the U.S.
She says: “There is room for stories that are told in an unusual rhythm, and an appetite for it, and an interest not only in making it, but also in watching it over there. And it’s different here. I don’t think it’s that there’s not the appetite, I think it’s that there’s so much else. It’s like you have to fight to be heard, and say, ‘Look at this thing we made!’ It’s really unusual, but it’s interesting. It might not end up making tons of money or whatever, but it’s worth paying attention to—and in England I feel like if something’s good, people watch it. There’s a difference.”
Although the actress has worked in London she also spent time in County Wicklow, in Ireland, when Frank was being shot.
She says: “There are places I’ve gone… like L.A., I have a hard time there. I don’t easily fit in,” she says. “But in Ireland I felt like I fit in, I love London. I love the vibe of a movie set in both places, I think it’s much more egalitarian.”