Ruth Wilson and Jake Gyllenhaal Go From Golden Globes to Broadway Opening Night
"It excites me when you read a script that seems completely different to any other script," said Wilson. "It’s quite exhilarating to be challenged in that way.”
Ruth Wilson has had an eventful 48 hours. On Sunday evening, she took home a Golden Globe for her performance in Showtime's The Affair. She flew back to New York on Monday, and then on Tuesday, her 33rd birthday, she celebrated opening night of her Broadway debut in British playwright Nick Payne's two-hander, Constellations.
"I just put my head down and got through it and tried not to get too drunk," she joked. "No, it's been fun. It's been amazing. I've just had to breathe and sleep when I can, take a pill and pass out on the plane. It hasn't hit me yet. I think it will hit me in two days."
Wilson and co-star Jake Gyllenhaal are earning raves for the play, a 70-minute romantic drama about the ever-changing possibilities that life and love can carry. David Rooney of The Hollywood Reporter called the performances "astonishing," adding, "the range displayed by both actors is impressive indeed, and their chemistry unquestionable."
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Wilson and Gyllenhaal followed their Broadway debuts Tuesday by partying at Times Square restaurant Urbo, joining a roster of guests that included Jason Biggs, Jerry and Jessica Seinfeld, Kirstie Alley, Julia Stiles, 50 Cent, Dan Stevens, Sam Rockwell, Nina Arianda, Tate Donovan and Josh Hamilton. They were served a buffet of entrees such as rigatoni and seared bass as well as champagne and the night's signature gin gimlet.
Toward the end of the evening, partygoers and friends, including Wilson's Affair co-stars Dominic West, Nicolette Robinson and Mare Winningham, gathered to sing "Happy Birthday" as Wilson blew out the candles on her cake.
"I can't believe she's managed to fit in this weekend and the opening of her play," West said before the show. "I talked to Jake a little bit on Sunday, and I said, 'She's going to be really difficult now; she's won the Golden Globe.' And he said, 'I know, and my sister won as well.' So I’m feeling for Jake."
However, Gyllenhaal said he's grateful for all the success of his friends and family as well as to have his work in Nightcrawler recognized and that a show on Broadway at the same time has been a "dream come true."
"To make a little film in the dead of night and then to have it get a lot of attention has been extraordinary," he said. "And in the midst of all that, doing this show has been a really wonderful kind of grounding thing. I love this show so deeply. I've been waiting for a year to do it. It's always been on my mind as the most wonderful sense of exploration."
Gyllenhaal's association with Payne's work began when he made his New York stage debut in an off-Broadway production of the playwright's If There Is I Haven't Found It Yet in 2012, the same year Constellations premiered at London's Royal Court Theatre, with Sally Hawkins and Rafe Spall in the roles.
The recast production is being presented on Broadway by Manhattan Theatre Club. The play comprises many short scenes, several of which are similar in form with just minor variations, and the narrative structure is somewhat reminiscent of The Affair, which also looks at different sides of a relationship.
"Audiences and writers are fascinated by how to write a story and storylines," said Wilson of the play's overlapping realities. "They're not going for the traditional conventional methods. Of course it excites me when you read a script that seems completely different to any other script. It's quite exhilarating to be challenged in that way."
However, the emotional roller coaster of the play can be exhausting. How do the stars unwind?
"After every show, Ruth and I gather reporters in a room and we just get interviewed until we're tired and then we'll go have a glass of wine and call it a night," Gyllenhaal joked about the opening-night press huddle.
"We spend all of our time together and have for the past two months, almost every moment," he added, more seriously. "It was actually really funny that both Ruth and I were at the Golden Globes because we've spent every moment together. It was like our only break where we wouldn't hang out with each other."