Maggie Gyllenhaal is stepping behind the camera for her directorial debut with an adaptation of a dramatic Elena Ferrante novel, she told TheWrap Saturday at its studio at the Toronto Film Festival.

Gyllenhaal — who stars on HBO’s show “The Deuce” about the rise of porn in New York City — says she was inspired to direct her first film thanks to her character, a call girl turned adult film director named Candy.

“Playing Candy on ‘The Deuce,’ who becomes a director — and, in part, becomes a director in the storytelling because that was something that was important to me — inspired me to direct myself,” Gyllenhaal told TheWrap.

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