'The Honorable Woman's Maggie Gyllenhaal on Sex: "I Really Wanted the Sex to be Like ... Animal"

"[I want to see] what a woman my age looks like. I am much more turned on when I see shows where people's bodies look like bodies I recognize."

"I think sex in film is so interesting, says Maggie Gyllenhaal during The Hollywood Reporter's Drama Actress Roundtable. "Of course it's uncomfortable to take your clothes off in front of people you don't know, and it feels weird, but I think it can be such an opportunity for really interesting acting."

Gyllenhaal says she knows her open-mindedness comes from the fact that her experience with on-screen sex is different from other actresses. "I was never the actress who was like the 'hot girl' who was asked to take her clothes off on the first day of work. I wasn't. I never had that. Whenever I was doing nudity, there was always something else that the scene was about."

In the BBC's The Honorable Woman, Gyllenhaal deals a lot with complex sexuality and the complications that arise from that, particularly as a women. "Nessa (Maggie Gyllenhaal) is such a controlled person for some big chunk of it, I really wanted the sex to be like … animal."

She claims to be much more interested in doing nudity at her current age of thirty-seven, after having two children. "[I want to see] what a woman my age looks like. I am much more turned on when I see shows where people's bodies look like bodies I recognize."

The Oscar nominee shares that, "Getting involved in The Honorable Woman was just like a movie. I read the whole story. It was one director. It was one writer. About three days in, I was like, 'this is eight hours long. This is a scope I've never touched before.' And I had like a little panic in my trailer."

She says the mini series, "posed all sorts of challenges all the way along," but also claims to having, "never learned more from anything."

Gyllenhaal joined fellow actresses Ruth Wilson (The Affair), Taraji P. Henson (Empire), Jessica Lange (American Horror Story: Freak Show), Lizzy Caplan (Masters of Sex) and Viola Davis (How to Get Away with Murder) for the Roundtable, where they discussed the dynamic and powerful dramatic roles currently being offered for women on television.

The full Drama Actress Roundtable aired on Close Up With The Hollywood Reporter on Sunday, Aug. 2, at 11 a.m. EST on Sundance TV. Tune in this Sunday for the next episode.

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