Maggie Gyllenhaal Premieres “Won’t Back Down” in NYC

Posted Monday September 24, 2012 4:10 PM GMT

Stepping out for a promotional appearance, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Viola Davis showed up at the New York City premiere of “Won’t Back Down” last night (September 23).

The “Stranger Than Fiction” star and the “Help” actress posed along with Giancarlo Giammetti, Rosie Perez, and Oscar Isaac at the Ziegfeld Theater prior to the screening.

And this morning (September 24) Maggie paid a visit to the “Today” show where she explained the situation with her character in the film.

“She’s in the position that I think no mother should have to be in in this country. Her daughter is in a failing school and she’s at the end of the line. There’s no one who can help her. Her daughter is dyslexic. In this case, it’s really a school that isn’t working.”

“My character in the movie, she does end up becoming an activist, but she starts out as someone who doesn’t consider herself political or intellectual or any of those things. What’s in her heart, her need activates her.”

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