Peter Sarsgaard Says Being Directed in Sex Scene by Wife Maggie Gyllenhaal Was 'Gratifying'
"I once saw an actor kiss my wife in a movie and it drove me crazy because he had his hand in his pocket. I was like, that's my wife and he had his hand in his pocket like he was looking for his keys while he was kissing her? This woman is incredible show it!" he recalled.
While on The View last month, Gyllenhaal also spoke about directing one's spouse in a sex scene, admitting it was at first awkward to do so.
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"I did think at first, 'Maybe it's not a great idea,' and then I was like, 'I've been with my husband for a long time. We've been through so much. I know my husband loves me. Who could do this better than him?' Really, nobody," said Gyllenhaal.
"The sexuality, it's strange; it's a weird part of our job," she continued. "The thing that makes the scene hot, I think, is that he's hot for her mind hermind. What is sexier than that? He's like, 'I am into your mind.' ... Really, that kind of sexy is irresistible."
Sarsgaard andGyllenhaal wed back in 2009. They share daughters Ramona, 15, and Gloria Ray, 9.
At the Gotham Awards in November, she told PEOPLE thatSarsgaard's support was instrumental in directingThe Lost Daughter.
"I really have respect for him," she said at the time. "It's such a pleasure to direct him. He's in my film; he's hugely impactful in my film. But mostly, he was holding up the family side of things, and that is invaluable. I could not have made this film without that. There are so many examples of women gracefully, intelligently supporting their husbands and there are so few examples of men doing that for their wives. He's a really incredible example of that."
The Lost Daughteris now streaming on Netflix.