Maggie Gyllenhaal gave the Hysteria cast mates a generous gift of personal vibrators. Gyllenhaal says it has come back 15 fold and was a “pleasant surprise” for the actress. It’s an issue that she would like to bring to topic about the female orgasm.
Gyllenhaal who plays one of the key characters in Hysteria, never expected the gift exchange to come back her way. “By the time I finished the movie I’d been sent maybe 15 vibrators by different people in London with vibrator stores,” laughed Maggie Gyllenhaal. “It was a pleasant surprise.”
Attempting to take a more serious tone with the titillating topic Maggie shared of the film, “It’s about vibrators and women’s orgasms, and I don’t think people really do talk about it very much, and I do think it does still make us flushed and uncomfortable.”
Hugh Dancy, the lead male actor in Hysteria plays Mortimer Granville who is tasked with working with patients diagnosed with female hysteria — a no longer medically valid term for everything from insomnia to bloating. Granville’s remedy of manual massage causes his hands to cramp after a long day’s work, leading him to invent an electronic means of performing stimulation.
“The most outrageous thing in the movie … is the premise of the film,” said Hugh Dancy. “The fact that these medical men were seriously — without any irony, without any deception — diagnosing this nonexistent condition and doing what they were doing manually, and totally failing to see there might be anything sexual about it.”
Gyllenhaal joins a list of co-stars that include Jonathan Pryce, Rupert Everett, Felicity Jones, Hugh Dancy , Anna Chancellor, Gemma Jones, Tobias Menzies, Sheridan Smith, Kate Linder, Dominic Borrelli, David Ryall, Georgie Glen, Jonathan Rhodes and Malcolm Rennie.
Hysteria is directed by Tanya Wexler.