The little seen but powerful Sherrybaby brings Gyllenhaal her second Golden Globe nod. She plays a recovering addict and ex-con trying to win back her daughter. "I think sex scenes can be a real opportunity for some real intense acting," she tells Fresh Air of her gritty scenes, "because you think about sex in your life...there's a lot of communicating going on and a lot of exposing of yourself. And I think I felt really especially exposed in those scenes, not just physically, and I was scared to see them."
Gyllenhaal signs on to replace Katie Holmes in the 2008 Batman Begins sequel, The Dark Knight, starring Christian Bale and Heath Ledger. "[Director Chris Nolan] made suggestions and pushed me in ways I just didn't expect on Batman," the new mom tells The Times. Gyllenhaal also shows off her post-baby body by modeling lingerie for Agent Provocateur (right) less than six months after giving birth.
In The Dark Knight, Gyllenhaal costars as Batman's love interest Rachel Dawes, opposite Bale, Aaron Eckhart (left) and the late Heath Ledger. Although the action flick is her highest profile role to date, she says its daughter Ramona who "has deepened everything in my life," including her acting.
Gyllenhaal reflects on the death of Batman costar and former neighbor Ledger in the August issue of Marie Claire. "My heart really broke when Heath died," the cover girl tells the magazine. "I think seeing the movie will be painful." When The Dark Knight opens, it shatters box office records, making $155.4 million in its first weekend.
Gyllenhaal walks down the aisle in Italy with Sarsgaard. The celebration takes place in a small chapel in Brindisi, where the couple exchanges vows in front of guests, including the bride's brother Jake and his girlfriend Reese Witherspoon. The couple recently starred together for the first time in an off-Broadway production of Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya.
In the drama Crazy Heart, Gyllenhaal plays a journalist and single mother who falls for Jeff Bridges's down-and-out country star character. "I'm more proud of the work in it than I have been of anything," she tells Vanity Fair. "I went through a lot making it; it was as intense as it looks [on the screen]." Her performance earns Gyllenhaal her first Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress.
Gyllenhaal makes 5-year-old daughter Ramona a big sister, as the actress welcomes her second daughter Gloria Ray with hubby Peter Sarsgaard. "Your heart just rips open. It's amazing," the actress previously said of motherhood.
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