Ruth Wilson is having a helluva week. First she wins a Golden Globe, and then two days later, on Jan. 13, she opens her first Broadway show, “Constellations,” with costar Jake Gyllenhaal. Oh, also it was her birthday that day.
“It hasn’t really all sunk in yet,” she said after the Manhattan Theater Club production’s opening night. Now that she’s danced barefoot at the Chateau Marmont with the Gyllenhaals after the Golden Globes, she’s looking forward to getting back to a routine. “Now I’ll probably sleep and exercise and just get back to doing my job.”
Gyllenhaal, who was also at the Golden Globes and then back at work on Broadway Tuesday night, returns to the New York boards for the second time in “Constellations.” Not only does he love being a storyteller onstage, he said, but his theater work has only helped his movie work.
“A lot of the things I brought to ‘Nightcrawler’ were things I’d gotten from working with Nick and Michael,” he said, referring to “Constellations” playwright Nick Payne and director Michael Longhurst, with whom he worked a couple of years ago on Off Broadway’s “If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet.” “Preparing for that role in ‘Nightcrawler’ was a lot like preparing to work on a play.”
Payne said he was thrilled to land the two actors in the two-character play. “Ruth’s got amazing range. She can play light throwaway comedy and then really hit the dark emotional moments as well,” he said. “Jake, likewise, is a very kind of emotional chap. And I mean that as a compliment.”