MONA LISA SMILE
plays Giselle Levy, a student of Katherine's who defies convention at
received rave reviews, a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress, a National
Board of Review Award for "Breakthrough Performance" and an IFP/Gotham
Breakthrough Performance Award for her starring role opposite James Spader in Secretary
directed by Steven Shainberg. Other recent appearances include Spike Jonze's Adaptation
with Nicolas Cage and Penny Marshall's Riding In Cars With Boys
with Drew Barrymore, both Columbia Pictures releases.
appeared in John Sayles' Casa De Los Babys with Daryl Hannah and Lily
Taylor and Lodge Kerrigan's indie In God's Hands with Peter Sarsgaard.
She will next star in Criminal with John C. Reilly and Diego Luna.
Also accomplished on
stage, Gyllenhaal starred as Alice in Patrick Marber's award-winning
"Closer" at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles for director Robert
Egan, and prior to that, at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre. This fall she
appeared in Tony Kushner's "Homebody/Kabul," also at the Mark Taper
Forum. She has also appeared in "Anthony and Cleopatra" at the
Vanborough Theatre in London.
Gyllenhaal made her
feature film debut in 1992 alongside Jeremy Irons and Ethan Hawke in Waterland.
This was followed by a memorable performance as Raven, the Satan-worshipping
make-up artist in John Waters' quirky Hollywood satire Cecil B. Demented,
which led her to a co-starring role in Donnie Darko, a fantasy-thriller
about disturbed adolescence.
In 1999, Gyllenhaal
graduated from Columbia University where she had studied Literature and Eastern
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