Actress Maggie Gyllenhaal stopped by “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” to discuss her new show, “The Deuce,” but audiences got a lot more than that.
“The Deuce” is an upcoming HBO drama in which Gyllenhaal plays a sex worker. The show grapples with a number of uncomfortable topics, misogyny and power structures among them. Gyllenhaal’s conversation with Colbert eventually turned to — as so much seems to these days — politics.
“I think when we were making the show, it was last summer, it was the election,” she said. “Sometimes we’d be watching the debates on our lunch break. All of these conversations were bubbling under everything. We were shooting when Trump was saying, ‘I can grab women’s pussies if I want to.'”
Trump’s election caused Gyllenhaal to reflect on where we actually are in society and how it compares to where we thought we were.
A man who, as Gyllenhaal alluded to, bragged about grabbing women’s genitals would receive tens of millions of votes. A man who had been accused by 15 women of sexual assault or harassment would become president. A man who allegedly walked in on a teenage girls’ dressing room would hold the highest office in the land. A man who once said it was OK to refer to his daughter as a “piece of ass” would be the next leader of the free world.
Whatever ideas anyone had about misogyny, racism, xenophobia, homophobia, transphobia, and Islamophobia being relics of America’s past went out the window with Trump’s election. And for Gyllenhaal, it was a wake-up call.
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