The seductive Maggie G

Maggie Gyllenhaal turns us on in The Deuce

BY: Zak Wojnar

While the Twilight fan fiction-derived fad of 50 Shades of Grey was sweeping the nation, we were fondly recalling the misadventures of another Grey, E. Edward Grey played by James Spader, in a much more intriguing film. The actress Maggie Gyllenhaal immediately became a PROVOKR favorite for her role as Grey’s assistant in the delightfully twisted, subversively sincere romantic comedy, Secretary.

After stealing our hearts with her unique blend of sexy and saccharine (to say nothing of her adorably pinchable cheeks!) in that 2002 film, Maggie continued to star in acclaimed dramas such as Mona Lisa Smile, Adaptation, and Happy Endings (the movie, not the unrelated cult ABC sitcom), earning rave reviews for her naturalistic acting talent and boldness in choosing challenging roles.

In 2008, she exploded onto the A-list as Rachel Dawes in The Dark Knight, replacing Katie Holmes, who originated the character in Batman Begins, but was unable to return for the sequel. The film is celebrated, not just as a great superhero film, but as one of the greatest action/dramas ever made. Following her crowd-pleasing turn in Batman, she co-starred alongside Jeff Bridges in the country music drama, Crazy Heart, and was nominated for an Academy Award; in 2014, she played the lead role in the BBC miniseries, The Honourable Woman, winning a Golden Globe for the political thriller.

Next up for the lovely and talented Ms. Gyllenhaal (sister of fellow Hollywood thespian Jake) is the new HBO show, The Deuce, from The Wire creator David Simon. She stars as a tough-as-nails street-level prostitute who becomes a porn star during the rise of legalized pornography in 1970s New York City. Gyllenhaal’s role on the show aims to expose the gritty, dangerous side of sexuality in a time of unregulated Capitalism – a far cry from the playful BDSM on erotic display in Secretary.

The Deuce premieres September 10 on HBO.