Maggie Gyllenhaal has slammed a reporter who wrote that her voice was ‘high-pitched’ and ‘cartoonish’ in a profile piece about the actress.
The 41-year-old called out The Independent reporter on Twitter after she spoke to him at length about sexism in Hollywood.
‘To writer @PatrickHJSmith Of course you’re free to think anything you like about the ‘silliness’ of my voice and my face,’ Gyllenhaal tweeted.
‘But when you open your piece in @independent commenting on that, it serves to undermine everything we spoke about.’
Maggie Gyllenhaal has slammed a reporter who wrote that her voice was ‘high-pitched’ and ‘cartoonish’ in a profile piece about the actress
Smith later replied to Gyllenhaal’s tweet apologizing for the way it may have come across.
‘I apologize if that’s how it came across. The quote you’re referring to was from another writer. I wanted to highlight it as an eg of the way you’ve been underestimated for superficial, gendered reasons. I think you and your work are brilliant, which I tried to make apparent,’ he tweeted.
In the first paragraph of the profile piece about Gyllenhaal, Smith wrote that speaking to the actress can be ‘a little disorienting’.
‘She has a high-pitched, cartoonish voice, which she uses to express deep things,’ he wrote.
‘One critic memorably said that she possessed a ‘Kewpie-doll silliness,’ but maybe it’s a flaw in our culture that we expect serious thoughts to be couched in sonorous tones.’
The 41-year-old actress called out The Independent reporter Patrick Smith on Twitter after she spoke to him at length about sexism in Hollywood
The article, which was published ahead of the release of her new film ‘The Kindergarten Teacher’, went on to quote Gyllenhaal speaking about the #MeToo movement and the gender pay gap in the film industry.
‘We live in a masculine world and in America – especially very recently – as much as we would like to believe otherwise, it’s a misogynistic world,’ Gyllenhaal said.
Gyllenhaal, who starred and produced The Deuce with James Franco, also spoke about her involvement in the #MeToo movement.
She said the show’s producers took sexual harassment allegations made against Franco very seriously. He has denied any sexual misconduct.
Gyllenhaal went on to say that she had to adjust her own thinking to make sure she was properly advocating for herself.
‘I would see a cut of an episode on The Deuce and would then spend hours perfectly composing the email that I wanted to send with my notes attached,’ she wrote.
‘I’d think, does my brother have to do this? Probably not – he’d just pop off an email, you know what I mean?’