Maggie Gyllenhaal Hits Back at Reporter Who Called Her Voice 'High-Pitched' and 'Cartoonish'

Maggie Gyllenhaal says she was criticized for her appearance and voice by a journalist

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Maggie Gyllenhaal is calling out a journalist from The Independent who criticized her voice in a profile of the actress.

The 41-year-old shared her thoughts on Twitter where she addresses journalist Patrick Smith for describing her voice as “cartoonish.”

“To writer @PatrickHJSmith Of course you’re free to think anything you like about the “silliness” of my voice and my face,” Gyllenhaal wrote on Twitter. “But when you open your piece in @independent commenting on that, it serves to undermine everything we spoke about.”

Smith did not immediately reply to PEOPLE’s request for comment.

The actress spoke out about sexism and misogyny in the article, but Smith started off by taking aim at her voice, writing, “Talking to Maggie Gyllenhaal can be a little disorienting. She has a high-pitched, cartoonish voice, which she uses to express deep things.”

“One critic memorably said that she possessed a “Kewpie-doll silliness,” but maybe it’s a flaw in our culture that we expect serious thoughts to be couched in sonorous tones,” he continued.

In the interview, The Kindergarten Teacher star said, “We live in a masculine world and in America — especially very recently – as much as we would like to believe otherwise, it’s a misogynistic world.”

This isn’t the first time Gyllenhaal has spoken out about experiencing criticism for her appearance. In 2015, she revealed in a roundtable discussion with The Hollywood Reporter that she had been told she “wasn’t hot enough” for a role.

“When I was really young, I auditioned for this really bad movie with vampires,” she said at the time. “I wore a dress to the audition that I thought was really hot. Then I was told I wasn’t hot enough.”

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She added, “My manager at the time said, ‘Would you go back and sex it up a little bit?’ So I put on leather pants, a pink leopard skinny camisole and did the audition again and still didn’t get the part. After that, I was like, ‘OK, f— this!'”

That year, the actress told The Wrap in an interview that she has been turned down for a movie role because of her age.

There are things that are really disappointing about being an actress in Hollywood that surprise me all the time,” Gyllenhaal told the site. “I’m 37 and I was told recently I was too old to play the lover of a man who was 55.”

Despite the remark making her feel bad, Gyllenhaal said she was able to laugh it off and still holds out hope for women in Hollywood.

“A lot of actresses are doing incredible work right now, playing real women, complicated women,” she said. “I don’t feel despairing at all. And I’m more looking with hope for something fascinating.”

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