Maggie Gyllenhaal used to be a big supporter of Barack Obama, but her feeling about the president have evolved. In a new interview with Time magazine, the actress said, “I really believed in him, and I’m not sure what he believes in anymore.”
“Look, I get it, I know. It’s a complicated job,” Gyllenhaal added. “I could never do it. But I hope for a leader who will stand up and be unpopular.”
The actress is currently promoting a new miniseries for Sundance called The Honorable Woman, in which she plays a British Jewish woman who is trying to single-handedly bring peace to the Middle East between Israel and Palestine. She sat down with Jon Stewart on The Daily Show Wednesday night to discuss the timely nature of the series’ debut.
“I haven’t had anyone push back at me and get very upset,” Gyllenhaal said about the controversial nature of her role on the show, drawing a contrast from the backlash Stewart has received for expressing his views.
Gyllenhaal did not discuss her feelings about Obama during the Daily Show interview.
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