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Maggie Gyllenhaal: Attractiveness is a weapon

Maggie Gyllenhaal feels inspired by her wardrobe for The Honorable Woman.

The 37-year-old actress is currently enjoying a career high with her role as Nessa Stein in TV series The Honourable Woman. Her character is a powerful businesswoman who inherits her father's arms business as she promotes reconciliation between Israelis and Palestinians.

Maggie wears a range of chic outfits, chosen with the help of costume designer Edward K. Gibbon, and together the pair have created a wardrobe that's the envy of women around the world.

"I've been thinking about Nessa and how she looks and how she dresses. If you’re the head of a multi-billion-dollar corporation and you’re a diplomat, why should you have to look good? In some ways her attractiveness should be incidental, but, of course, it isn’t. Of course it helps," she explained to

"Like me, I’m not a great beauty, but I have to look as best I can as an actress, and Nessa has to look as good as she can. She uses her sexuality in her work. Whether that’s good or bad or feminist or not, I don’t know, but true. And I wanted her to be sexy, but also really have self-worth. I was really inspired by the clothes that we made for Nessa, which are very different than mine. I wanted to throw away all of my patterned Isabel Marant dresses and just shop at Christophe Lemaire."

Out of all the outfits Maggie has worn in her role so far she does have a favourite. It wasn't a look she thought much of at the beginning though.

"I weirdly like that white suit, which I didn’t love at the time, but that Don Johnson white suit that she wears [in The Hollow Wall episode]. It's so bizarre," she added. "That’s not what she planned, but to wear that in the West Bank is so interesting. It’s such a beacon of peace, but also, Don Johnson, you know?"

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