Maggie Gyllenhaal made her debut in her father's Stephen Gyllenhaal film Waterland (1992) and emerged as a full-blown star in Secretary (2002). Her sweet looks and conduct result in a subtle on-screen style that emerges from the character she plays, whether the part is large or small. A graduate of Columbia University, Gyllenhaal resides in New York City. She earned her BA in English, which gave her theater experience during college in addition to her literary point. In addition, she studied briefly at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London. Her stage experience led her to acting after graduation.