Maggie Gyllenhaal, who stars in the new miniseries “The Honorable Woman” on the Sundance Channel, which centers on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, has become increasingly disillusioned with Barack Obama.
Gyllenhaal, who backed Obama’s presidency in both elections, said in a recent interview with Time magazine released Thursday that she used to really believe in the president, but now she’s “not sure what he believes in anymore.”
“Look, I get it, I know. It’s a complicated job,” Gyllenhaal said. “I could never do it. But I hope for a leader who will stand up and be unpopular.”
Gyllenhaal, who said she is trying to keep her personal politics away from the media, appeared in an “anti-NSA” announcement, along with Oliver Stone and John Cusack, last October.
In her timely new show that premieres Thursday, she plays a British Jewish character in the espionage thriller who attempts to create peace between Israel and Palestine. In her Time interview, Gyllenhaal said she really does “believe in the possibility of reconciliation.”
“What I’ve been doing is trying to read as much as I can and to think and feel each day what my position is. I’m not sure that I will continue to feel this way as this conflict continues, but at the moment I feel like the show I made, the piece of art I made, does articulate really beautifully so many things I feel about the conflict.”