Why Maggie Gyllenhaal Felt ‘Dismissed’ By ‘The Blacklist’ Star James Spader On the Set of ‘Secretary’

by Jeremy Spirogis
Maggie Gyllenhaal and James Spader

In 2002, actress, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and The Blacklist star, James Spader, co-starred in Secretary. The movie has been described as an “erotic romantic drama-comedy,” bringing a taboo matter into an unlikely office relationship. That mentioned, Gyllenhaal’s tackle her co-star, Spader, is difficult, to say the least.

Maggie Gyllenhaal ‘fell in love’ with James Spader

Maggie Gyllenhaal and James Spader
Maggie Gyllenhaal and James Spader | J. Vespa/WireImage

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With two long-winded resumes, you’d assume celebrities akin to Maggie Gyllenhaal and James Spader had met eons earlier than working collectively within the 2002 movie, Secretary. That wasn’t the case.

Gyllenhaal, who’s 18 years youthful than Spader, hadn’t watched a lot of The Blacklist star’s earlier work however labeled it “intense… and sexual stuff,” based on Independent UK.

“When I met him, I was immediately in love with him! After we’d done our first reading together, he said, with like ellipses between each word, ‘Steve [Shainberg, the director], I think you’ve hired the…most…wonderful…actress,’” she advised the outlet.

“So you know, he really endeared himself to me. I remember him saying, right before we started shooting, ‘I always have one ally on a movie set. And this time, it’s you!’”

As Spader’s high ally, Gyllenhaal mentioned he “doted” on her. However, their working relationship considerably mimicked their on-screen relationship at instances.

“He’d do things like get a PA to come to my door — we shared a split trailer — and she’d say, ‘James wants you’. And I’d walk the two steps over to James’s and knock on his door and he’d say, ‘Would you like a chocolate?’” she mentioned.

“Sometimes, he’d come on set and say, ”Who can I speak to about getting a really costly field of sweets in my room?’ He used them that approach and I let him! I used to be like, OK, this feels good.”

Gyllenhaal and Spader’s working relationship was advanced

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Despite the apparent connection the 2 celebrities had at instances, Gyllenhaal mentioned Spader’s temper may flip.

“Other times, he would not give me the time of day, and it was really devastating,” she mentioned. “I’d be like, ‘what is wrong with James today? He’s not paying me any mind’. And he’d be like doting over the make-up artist.”

Eventually, Gyllenhaal realized why her co-star went back-and-forth with “doting” on her.

“It was re-enacting what was going on in the film. I don’t think it was conscious for me, but I think it was for him. He’d thought it through,” she mentioned, including one different oddity inside their friendship.

“He really kept his private life away from me. So I didn’t have his phone number. I didn’t know his kids’ names…and it actually made it safer for me,” she mentioned. “The boundaries were so clear, they were like brick walls. So that intimacy we had on set, I didn’t feel it was going to bleed into my life.”

One factor that did cross over into Gyllenhall’s actual life and feelings needed to do with an interview the 2 did whereas selling Secretary.

“He said, ‘The only person I was interested in on that set was Lee Holloway,” she mentioned, admitting to feeling confused by the assertion. “I felt sort of dismissed by that. But then I said to myself, well, that was me. In his mind, in some ways, there’s no distinction. And in my mind, too.”

Spader’s take alludes to Gyllenhaal’s idea

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In interviews relating to Secretary, Spader extra incessantly spoke on the connection between the characters, including advantage to Gyllenhaal’s unique idea that Spader didn’t see the excellence.

“Her character was so intense. And I had a very hard time figuring mine out too,” Spader mentioned by way of The Globe and Mail.

“She’s such a beautiful and graceful and lovely and bright-colored flower. That if allowed to blossom in the right garden, would be brilliant. I think he is the most gentle and delicate and caring and thoughtful gardener. And they provide each other with exactly the right setting for each of them to try and bloom and grow,” he mentioned.

He added: “When I choose a script, it’s because it makes me question motive and intent.” With Secretary and all of Spader’s different initiatives, “it was worthy of discussion and worthy of thought.”

That mentioned, The Blacklist actor’s IMDb checklist mirrors that sentiment, backing Gyllenhaal’s unique idea that Spader doesn’t distinguish between the actor and the character. There’s a motive Spader’s profession is as particular as it’s and that distinction is probably going why.

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