Maggie Gyllenhaal is brushing up on her knowledge of the conflict in the Middle East so she can offer up opinions about the ongoing clash between Israel and Palestine as part of her press schedule surrounding new Tv series The Honorable Woman.

The Secretary star plays the daughter of an assassinated Israeli arms dealer, who swears to use her inheritance to broker peace in the Middle East in the eight-part series, which debuts in America next week (beg11Aug14) - and she insists she won't be avoiding tough questions in interviews.

Gyllenhaal tells Tv Guide magazine, "It's my responsibility to know as much as I can. Especially now, because, when we made the series, (the region) was in a period of calm, and now it's shifted to a period of violence. And politics are a huge part of the show.

"We can't just say, 'Oh, our series is this spy thriller with the conflict between Israel and Palestine as a backdrop'. It's about the conflict. We do take it on."