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Maggie Gyllenhaal

Maggie Gyllenhaal portrayed Rachel Dawes in The Dark Knight.

Significant roles[]

  • Elizabeth Darko in Donnie Darko (2001)
  • Amelia in Riding in Cars with Boys (2001)
  • Lee Holloway in Secretary (2002)
  • Sam in 40 Days and 40 Nights (2002)
  • Caroline Cunningham in Adaptation (2002)
  • Giselle Levy in Mona Lisa Smile (2003)
  • Valerie in Criminal (2004)
  • Jude in Happy Endings (2005)
  • Sherry Swanson in SherryBaby (2006)
  • Zee in Monster House (2006)
  • Allison Jimeno in World Trade Center (2006)
  • Ana Pascal in Stranger Than Fiction (2006)
  • April in High Falls (2007)
  • Rachel Dawes in The Dark Knight (2008)
  • LN Fisher-Herrin in American Life (2009)
  • Jean Craddock in Crazy Heart (2009)
  • Isabel Green in Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang (2010)


  • "I think she's a wonderful actress and I really admired the work that she did in the first Batman, but I don't think it would have worked if I tried to imitate her. I think the only way to do it is to do it like myself."
  • "They just expect you to suspend your disbelief. I'm Rachel Dawes now. I mean, how many Batmen have there been? Lots of them!"
  • "It hasn't really started yet, that craziness. I imagine it will and I'll just take it as it comes, that kind of thing, and in terms of the actual making of it, I anticipated it was going to be much different than making a small movie, and in the end, it didn't feel that way, and I think it was because I was working with really good actors like Gary Oldman and Michael Caine and Christian Bale, Aaron Eckhart and Heath Ledger. It felt like making any other movie, and I think Chris Nolan has a lot to do with that, and also because he really likes and respects actors, so it felt like doing good scenes in any movie."
  • "They took really good care of me. I thought I might get bruised up but in fact, I didn't. They really knew what they were doing. I was scared to do some of the action stuff I had to do, and I did it once, and I was like, 'Oh, this is a blast!' "