Maggie Gyllenhaal fought keep a realistic female orgasm in The Deuce
- Maggie Gyllenhaal joined Angela Bassett, Claire Foy, Elisabeth Moss, Thandie Newton, and Sandra Oh in The Hollywood Reporter's latest roundtable discussion.
- The actresses spoke about the gender pay gap in Hollywood, the power of producing art, and filming nude scenes.
- Gyllenhaal explained that she had to fight David Simon, creator of "The Deuce," to keep a female masturbation scene in the show.
In the latest installment of The Hollywood Reporter's annual actor roundtable discussions, TV stars Angela Bassett, Claire Foy, Elisabeth Moss, Thandie Newton, Sandra Oh, and Maggie Gyllenhaal spoke candidly about the current state of Hollywood.
The actresses discussed current issues such as the gender pay gap as well as what it feels like to actually produce their own work.
While explaining her decision to become a producer on her HBO show "The Deuce," Gyllenhaal expressed the importance of being a part of the conversation — especially when it comes to how female sexuality is portrayed on screen.
"Well, for example, in our show there is lots of prostitution, lots of transactional sex, lots of fake orgasms...and I said to David Simon, the man running our show, 'I think you need to see a real feminine orgasm in order to show the contrast and to show that these [other orgasms] are performative.'" Gyllenhaal said.
She described Simon's reaction saying, "When I first said it to him, he pretended to spit his water back in his cup." But eventually Simon went in to include a scene involving female masturbation.
"This orgasm needs to be the realest orgasm ever. This needs to be one that takes 30 seconds, that's very quiet, that's just about her," Gyllenhaal, who plays sex worker Eileen "Candy" Merrell, said
However, when Gyllenhaal finally watched the scene she found out that they cut out the masturbation part. She swiftly wrote a "dissertation email" to Simon explaining the need for the scene.
"And the second I got to set, I was like, 'Where is the orgasm?' I explained to them again why they needed it in. And they put it in," Gyllenhaal said.
"Killing Eve" star Sandra Oh was quick to applaud Gyllenhaal for standing her ground.
"That's fantastic. Such a great win," Oh said.
Video: Maggie Gyllenhaal Fought Hard to Keep Orgasm Scene on 'The Deuce'
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