Maggie Gyllenhaal’s role in Hysteria has the actress on a campaign to bring talk of the female orgasm to light, even if she knows it “still makes us flushed and uncomfortable.” What else would you expect from a film based on the true story of the first electronic vibrator’s invention in the 1880s?
Maggie Gyllenhaal takes the credit for starting the vibrator gifting madness. “I gave everybody, cast and crew, a little bullet vibrator when we started,” she told reporters at the Toronto Internationl Film Festival. “It was expensive!”
The 33-year-old, who plays one of the key characters in Hysteria, never expected the gift exchange to come back her way, however. “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. Or as we call it today, the vibrator.
“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.”
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