‘The Honourable Woman’ Cast: Maggie Gyllenhaal BBC Interview

Nessa Stein (MAGGIE GYLLENHAAL) - Image Credit: BBC/Drama Republic. Photographer: Des Willie

Nessa Stein (MAGGIE GYLLENHAAL) – Image Credit: BBC/Drama Republic. Photographer: Des Willie

With the much anticipated drama series now airing on BBC Two, here’s an excerpt from a just released interview with The Honourable Woman cast member, Maggie Gyllenhaal.

During the BBC interview, Maggie talks about her character Nessa Stein, saying: “She’s very powerful, she’s very smart, she’s also very emotional and broken, and confused.”

“Everything about her is very intense. I remember we shot the first six weeks and then I had a few weeks off. . . When I came back in and we were doing this big scene. . . Walked right into this big Nessa scene, they’re all kind of big, and I did like the first take and I just didn’t quite feel her, and then I did it again and still didn’t quite feel her, and then I did the third take and I was like right, she’s so much more alive than I am, than like any of us are. She’s alive.”

Behind the scenes filming for The Honourable Woman - Image Credit: BBC/Drama Republic. Photographer: Robert Viglasky

Behind the scenes filming for The Honourable Woman – Image Credit: BBC/Drama Republic. Photographer: Robert Viglasky

You can see Gyllenhaal in The Honourable Woman, Thursday nights at 9:00pm on BBC Two, with series catch-up available online via BBC iPlayer. To watch the full video interview, visit the BBC’s official YouTube channel.

Set against the backdrop of the present day Israeli-Palestinian conflict, The Honourable Woman is an eight-part political thriller television series starring American actress Maggie Gyllenhaal in the lead role of Nessa Stein. Deeply troubled by past events, Nessa constantly battles an internal conflict for reconciliation.

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