updated 07/14/2008 AT 5:00 PM ET
•originally published 07/14/2008 AT 6:00 PM ET
About to break out of indie films and into blockbuster stardom with The Dark Knight, Maggie Gyllenhaal opens up about her family – including her little brother, Jake.
“He’s great with kids – it comes naturally to him,” Maggie says in the August issue of Marie Claire, about Jake Gyllenhaal, frequently seen in the company of girlfriend Reese Witherspoon and her children. “He really has that touch.”
And Maggie should know. Her daughter, Ramona, turns 2 in October.
“I’ve spent all my time learning how to be a mother and make a home with a child,” she tells the magazine, out July 15. “[When Ramona was first born], I didn’t know what I was doing.”
The actress, who recently said she thinks harder about accepting movie roles since becoming a mom, adds there are some down sides to all the attention she’s getting from being in a high-profile movie like The Dark Knight – such a being called out for fashion so-called faux pas.
“Sometimes it freaks me out. I’ve been so hurt and felt so bad,” she says of making celeb “worst dressed” lists.
Still, she is able to let some of it roll of her, adding, “People will always say mean things about you if you put yourself out there.”