“The Deuce” Star Maggie Gyllenhaal in Harper’s Bazaar’s October Issue

Posted on September 19, 2017

“The Deuce” star Maggie Gyllenhaal in Harper’s Bazaar‘s October 2017 issue photographed by Victor Demarchelier and styled by fashion editor Charles Vareene.




On what drew her to The Deuce initially: “One thing I was really drawn to in the very first episode is—often, when you see a portrayal of a prostitute, you only get the element of her life at work. You don’t get to see the rest of her. Right away in the first episode, there’s a very explicit scene where I say to that kid, “This is my job.” I loved that idea. You do get to see her as a daughter, and a mother, and a businesswoman, I think, even in the beginning. And an artist. You see her in relation to all of those things. Prostitution is just one aspect of that. And a lover of someone who she’s actually chosen, and sex is not transactional. You see all of it.”

On preparing for the role by talking to actual sex workers and porn stars from the period: “Right before we started shooting the pilot, I was like, “I need to talk to a prostitute. I have so many questions.” And Nina Noble, who is the third in the triumvirate of George Pelecanos and David Simon, who’s their producing partner—I was like, “Nina, how do I find a prostitute to talk to?” She hooked me up with this woman, Annie Sprinkle, who is kind of a sex activist, or performer, but she was a prostitute in the ’70s. We talked a lot. She gave me a lot of nitty-gritty details and answered a lot of questions I had, but she also introduced me to all of these women who were either prostitutes or involved in the beginning of porn in the early ’70s.”

On the challenges of playing a sex worker: “I think that, in many cases, being a prostitute requires a huge amount of disassociation. I think it’s very difficult to keep your mind intact and awake, and vibrant, when you have to disassociate so much. Not impossible, clearly, because some of the women that I talked to were totally able to do it, but I think a lot of people aren’t, and I think the consequences can be really dire.”

On misogyny, sexism and modern-day politics: “When we were making the show, it was the wind-up to the presidential elections in 2016. And to be thinking about misogyny, to be thinking about sexism and the compromises that we have to make as women with our minds, with our bodies, with our money, with our art—they were real, even before Donald Trump was elected. They were a part of everything. It’s just that I think they’re way more on the table now… It’s so easy to re-tweet things that are interesting and political on Twitter. It’s another thing to have your own voice, and to think and say things that are important to you. Sometimes, I want to talk about all of them, and other times I don’t want to say anything. I just want people to watch it and see what vibrates inside them.”



Style Credits:
IMAGE 2: Shirt and Pants by Kate Spade New York | Necklace and Ring by Ippolita | Watch by Omega
IMAGE 1: (On Maggie) Turtleneck, Pants and Belt by Piazza Sempione | Earrings by Cadar | Watch by Frédérique Constant | (On the male model) Suit by Tom Ford | Tie by Giorgio Armani | Shoes by John Lobb
IMAGE 3: Dress by Sonia Rykiel | Earrings by Cadar | Bracelet by Phillip Gavriel | Boots by Manolo Blahnik

[Photo Credit: Victor Demarchelier/Harper’s Bazaar Magazine]

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