Jake Gyllenhaal

Jake Gyllenhaal


12/19/1980, Los Angeles, California, USA

Birth Name

Jacob Benjamin Gyllenhall



Also Known As

Jake Gyllenhall, Jacob Gyllenhaal
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Acting runs in Jake's blood; he is the son of director Stephen Gyllenhaal and producer/screenwriter Naomi Foner. His sister Maggie is an actress (she played his sister in Donnie Darko). Jake was first really noticed in the critically acclaimed October Sky. Most recently he starred in the controversial…more


Trivia and Quotes

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    • Jake: Don't listen to what anybody says except the people who encourage you. If it's what you want to do and it's within yourself, then keep going and try to do it for the rest of your life.

    • Jake: (believing everyone is a potential serial killer, including himself) The idea of a serial killer is whatever we fear within ourselves. It's our own psyche, in a way. To me, the serial killer is obsession, and to me the serial killer is aspects of people's personalities that they don't want to deal with or that they indulge so much that it is dangerous.

    • Jake: (on advice to those who want to act) Chris Cooper once told me to never have any regrets. After Chris said that to me, I [now] walk into every scene thinking, 'exhaust every possibility.' Once you get to a certain place, it's like you just deliver everything you've got. Don't have any regrets. It pops up in my mind over and over and over again.

    • Jake: (on filming a gay love scene with Heath Ledger) Heath almost broke my nose in [a kissing] scene. He grabs me and he slams me up against the wall and kisses me. And then I grab him and I slam him up against the wall and I kiss him. And we were doing take after take after take. I got the s--- beat out of me.

    • Jake: (on his Brokeback Mountain co-stars Heath Ledger and Michelle Williams) [jokingly] Heath Ledger and I made love... and they got a baby out of it!

    • Jake: (on how he got in shape for Jarhead) For a month I did a crazy circuit: running five miles, swimming for 20 minutes, riding a bike for 35 miles, and lifting weights without resting. Then we went to boot camp. On-set we would all work out together and do push-ups between scenes.

    • Jake: (on his choice of roles) Frankly you don't say no to Ang Lee and you don't say no to Sam Mendes, and you beg both of them no matter what you're doing in either of the movies. Whether you're wearing a Santa cap over your d**k or whether you're making love to Heath Ledger. You just don't say no to them, that was why.

    • Jake: (being asked if he was scared to play a bisexual man in Brokeback Mountain) I'm in the business of helping stories get told, and I love this story. People don't say to me, When you were in Proof, were you afraid to play a mathematician? Or, Was it scary to play a Marine in Jarhead? Why is that?

    • Jake: Even as an actor, I think like a storyteller. My parents raised us to look at the script.

  • Great actor and hot.

    Perfect in "Brokeback Mountain". Funny.
  • I love this guy! He's so cool.

    I really enjoyed his performance on the movie October Sky which is based on a true story. he plays Homer Hickam, who becomes a rocket scientist who helped with the 1969 moon landing. I haven't seen many of his movies but I liked his acts on Saturday Night Live. He is good looking and a good actor. He was also in The Day After Tomorrow. He and Maggie escaped from a fire in a Californian hotel where they were staying at. Thank the Lord he and his family didn't die because he and Maggie are awesome actors. I hope to see him more and more in the furture!moreless