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Maggie Gyllenhaal on the Power of Attraction

In Maggie Gyllenhaal's new movie, Crazy Heart, she plays a journalist who falls in love with a down-on-his-luck country singer while she's writing a story about him. She recently had this to say about allowing attraction to put emotion over intellect.



"Anyone who says they don’t understand not thinking to have something that you want is lying to you. It’s not an admirable quality, it’s not something I hope will stick with me for a lot of my life. But I do think of myself as a thoughtful person, and I have definitely thought, what was I thinking? How did I let this happen?"

Has attraction ever got the best of you? If no, are you sure you're not lying?

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trinitycc trinitycc 6 years
wow; it's happening to me now and i'm trying hard to resist. i know i shouldn't try to pursue a "friends with benefits" relationship but i really like him :(
julea julea 6 years
Everyone's been there. Humans are animals, and emotional animals at that, not 100% logical ones.I don't regret it, though probably I should. I had fun!
julea julea 6 years
Everyone's been there. Humans are animals, and emotional animals at that, not 100% logical ones. I don't regret it, though probably I should. I had fun!
Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 6 years
I am the biggest fool on the planet when it comes to letting attraction get the best of me. Every single time.
Veka Veka 6 years
I'm going to hop on the "I didn't understand this" bus. So I clicked on the article link, and found the entire paragraph. The sentence still doesn't make any sense, however. "I mean, look, why is anyone attracted to anyone? In my life it’s very unusual that you can get that kind of hit of attraction, it doesn’t happen all the time. I think both Jeff and I knew, in order for the movie to work at all, they had to be deep in love with each other. So we just like opened up our hearts and tried to let that happen. I did think, before I started shooting, what are the circumstances here? The circumstances of the movie are that these people fall in love. So how does like a thoughtful, smart, capable woman find herself in that situation? And then, you know, I just never thought about it again. I think she’s profoundly not thinking. And I understand that. Anyone who says they don’t understand not thinking to have something that you want is lying to you. It’s not an admirable quality, it’s not something I hope will stick with me for a lot of my life. But I do think of myself as a thoughtful person, and I have definitely thought, what was I thinking? How did I let this happen? And this is the story of someone who does that." I can't really comment on the attraction part though, because I've never let attraction get too much in the way of personal interactions and how I feel about a guy.
Veka Veka 6 years
I'm going to hop on the "I didn't understand this" bus. So I clicked on the article link, and found the entire paragraph. The sentence still doesn't make any sense, however.<i>"I mean, look, why is anyone attracted to anyone? In my life it’s very unusual that you can get that kind of hit of attraction, it doesn’t happen all the time. I think both Jeff and I knew, in order for the movie to work at all, they had to be deep in love with each other. So we just like opened up our hearts and tried to let that happen. I did think, before I started shooting, what are the circumstances here? The circumstances of the movie are that these people fall in love. So how does like a thoughtful, smart, capable woman find herself in that situation? And then, you know, I just never thought about it again. I think she’s profoundly not thinking. And I understand that. Anyone who says they don’t understand not thinking to have something that you want is lying to you. It’s not an admirable quality, it’s not something I hope will stick with me for a lot of my life. But I do think of myself as a thoughtful person, and I have definitely thought, what was I thinking? How did I let this happen? And this is the story of someone who does that."</i>I can't really comment on the attraction part though, because I've never let attraction get too much in the way of personal interactions and how I feel about a guy.
chillchic chillchic 6 years
I'm glad I'm not the only one who was like, "huh?" after reading this. I guess she was saying that when you are physically attracted to someone, you overlook other things that you consider to be important, which is very true(At least I think that's what she meant but I can't be too sure).
mix-tape mix-tape 6 years
Yeah it was hard to understand what her point was in that quote. Maybe it was taken out of context poorly? And yes, I think attraction has gotten the best of me in the past. I made some very poor choices in an attempt to be with someone.
Hello890 Hello890 6 years
Anon and infinite, me too! I had to read it like five times before I understood it and I'm still not sure I even do.
infiniteaaah infiniteaaah 6 years
Am I the only one who thinks that first sentence makes absolutely no sense?
xgreenfairyx xgreenfairyx 6 years
Happens all the time.
xgreenfairyx xgreenfairyx 6 years
Happens all the time.
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