Maggie Gyllenhaal Puts Baby Ramona Before Work

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Maggie Gyllenhaal says motherhood made her a better actress, but now she wants to spend more time at home than in front of the cameras.

"I think having a child changes everything and has deepened everything in my life," said Gyllenhaal, mom to 20-month-old daughter Ramona.

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"It really does crack you open in every conceivable way. I never knew that I could be so tired. I never knew that I could work so hard. I never knew that I could love so much or be so patient or be so excited by the tiniest, tiniest little thing. Everything about it has surprised me," Maggie said.

It took next month's The Dark Knight, in which Gyllenhaal co-stars with Christian Bale and the late Heath Ledger, to get her back to work.

From the looks of the previews, it was well worth it.

At home, Maggie Gyllenhaal says she receives tremendous support balancing parenthood and career from fiancé, Peter Sarsgaard.

"We share absolutely equally," she explained, and added that her younger brother Jake Gyllenhaal is "a great uncle."

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