Maggie Gyllenhaal: Gloria Is Named After Rock Song

During her appearance on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Tuesday night, Hysteria actress Maggie Gyllenhaal admitted she was “barely there,” considering she just gave birth seven weeks ago!

“[She’s a] tiny baby . . . This is kind of the first time I’ve really left her!” Maggie said of her newborn daughter Gloria Ray.

The new mom-of-two went on to share the inspiration behind her infant’s moniker.

“We thought of her name when we were at this concert that Patti Smith played at . . . she played [a cover of Van Morrison’s] ‘Gloria,'” Maggie said. “It was a couple of years ago and we just thought, maybe we’ll name our daughter that one day.”

Following their daughter’s birth, husband Peter Sarsgaard played a different version of the tune that almost had her regretting their choice.

“My husband played me The Doors’ version of ‘Gloria’ two days after my daughter was born, and it was so dirty, I couldn’t handle it,” she laughed. “It was like a super, super dirty version.”

Before giving birth to Gloria’s older sister Ramona in 2006, Maggie admitted that she “didn’t have a clue” about motherhood.

“There’s no way to prepare for the challenges, the immense joys, the surprises, the disappointments, and the shocks,” she said. “Your heart just rips open. It teaches you how to manage the unmanageable, and accept that you can’t be a perfect mother all the time. If you try, it will bring you to your knees.”


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