Maggie Gyllenhaal Fronts Gotham's Summer 2013 Issue

Posted Sunday June 30, 2013 3:30 PM GMT

With her new film "White House Down" firing up the box office, Maggie Gyllenhaal pitched in on promotions by covering the Summer 2013 issue of Gotham magazine.

While donning designer duds from Dolce & Gabbana and Barney's for the gorgeous Andrew Eccles-shot spread, the "Dark Knight" beauty opened up about her time as a secret service agent in the action packed thriller and even reveals her past dreams of being an actress.

Check out GossipCenter's recap of Miss Gyllenhaal's interview below. For more, be sure to visit Gotham!

On her role in "White House Down":
"There was [a technical adviser] on set who set us straight. He would say, 'No that would never happen,' or 'You absolutely have to wear your plastic credentials over your suit.' I thought it was more important to focus on how a woman feels being in such a position—in the government, with the army. I think that’s what people watching the movie relate to."

On independent vs. big budget films:
"I like to make both. Everybody working on a blockbuster is really at the top [of their game]. Sometimes on a tiny independent movie, nobody has any money, they’re hiring people who are learning, and lots of mistakes happen. It can lead to amazing things, but it can be hard. I also like to make movies that many people will see. I think 'White House Down' says some interesting things about the world, and it’s fun and exciting. I know only a few people are going to be into the tinier movies I make, and I like that, too. There’s something nice and freeing about both."

On her inspiration:
"My dad is a film director; and my mom’s a screenwriter, so I would go to their sets sometimes. [Acting] was something I was good at. It’s hard for me not to be good at something, although there are many things I’m not good at. I’m just learning at 35 how to accept not being good at something, then learn about it—that’s how you start to get better. When I was younger, I thought, If I’m not good at this, forget it; I’m not doing it anymore. I’m not proud of that at all, but it’s just how I was. And I think because acting was something that came naturally to me, I just grabbed onto it."

Photo Credit: Andrew Eccles for Gotham

Related Photos