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"White House Down" New York PremiereProduction has begun for Maggie Gyllenhaal’s new Sundance Channel miniseries, “The Honourable Woman.” Billed as a complex thriller, the series will touch on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict with Gyllenhaal starring as Nessa Stein, the daughter of a Zionist arms dealer. Stein goes on to inherit her father’s company and is later appointed to the House of Lords.

“The Honourable Woman” will air in 2014, both in the U.S. and the UK on BBC Two.

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Not one to shy away from politics, Gyllenhaal also appeared in a recent video for the coalition group, “Stop Watching Us,” in which she and others demand Congress reveal the full extent of the NSA’s surveillance. The video features other actors, as well as various activists and politicians who support the project.

Margaret “Maggie” Ruth Gyllenhaal was born to Naomi Foner Achs and Stephen Gyllenhaal. She is also the older sister of actor Jake Gyllenhaal. Their mother is Jewish, of Russian and Lithuanian descent.

The elder Gyllenhaal is married to actor Peter Sarsgaard. The couple has two children.

 

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Sarah Michelle Gellar’s return to TV in CBS’s “The Crazy Ones” is giving the actress reason to celebrate. The sitcom, co-starring Robin Williams, was picked up for a full season last month by the network.

The combined star power of Gellar and Williams made “Crazy Ones” the most-watched debut of the season. Gellar plays the director of an ad agency who  must work alongside her eccentric father (Williams).

Fans who know Gellar from her titular role in “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” were recently treated to a “Buffy” mini-reunion, via Twitter. Upon Gellar’s joining the site, her former co-stars immediately began reconnecting with amusing welcome messages.

Gellar has stated that she’s open to reprising “Buffy,” but only if there was a sufficient story to support it.

Sarah Michelle Gellar was born to Rosellen Greenfield and Arthur Gellar, both of whom are Jewish.

Although she began her acting career as early as age 4, her film debut didn’t come around until 1997’s “I Know What You Did Last Summer.” It was on the set of “Summer” that she met her husband, Freddy Prince Jr, with whom she now has two children.

 

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