Maggie Gyllenhall: ‘So much of my judgement went away when I became a mum’

Actress revises stern parenting comments

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Academy Award-nominated actress Maggie Gyllenhaal has said that she has revised her somewhat judgemental comments about being a good parent since becoming a mother herself.

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Before she had children, the 34-year-old New Yorker, mum to Ramona, 6, and Gloria, 4 months, told American magazine Parent & Child that “I would look at someone talking on a cell phone while her baby was asleep in the stroller and think, ‘How can that mother have her cell phone out?’

“Then you actually have a baby and you’re like, ‘She’s sleeping; I have 10 minutes; I’ll make three phonecalls’… I think so much of my judgement went away when I became a mom.”

Like most parents come to realise, the arrival of a baby helps put things into perspective. “I’ve realised that [being perfect] isn’t possible,” Maggie admitted. “Part of being a human is making mistakes — and making lots of them.”

The actress is currently promoting her latest film Won’t Back Down, due for release this autumn. It tells the story of a single mum who joins forces with a teacher to reform their failing school. 

She and husband, actor Peter Sarsgaard, said they believe “A good education is one of the most important gifts you can give your kids.”

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