Jake Gyllenhaal

Jake Gyllenhaal

His role in 'title character in Donnie Darko' (2001)
Background: "First, it's 'Who is Jake Gyllenhaal,' then it's 'Get me Jake Gyllenhaal,' then 'Get me someone who looks like Jake Gyllenhaal,' andthen 'Who is Jake Gyllenhaal?' Right now, I'm between 'Who is Jake Gyllenhaal?' and 'Get me Jake Gyllenhaal.' " Jake GyllenhaalBrown-haired, fresh-faced young actor Jake Gyllenhaal received widerecognition while portraying neurotic teenager Donnie Darko (2001) in the thriller movie with the same name. Debuting with the smash hitcomedy City Slickers (1991), Gyllenhaal later gained more credit by acting in such films as October Sky (1999), The Good Girl (2002,opposite Jennifer Aniston) and The Day After Tomorrow (2004, alongside DennisQuaid). In 2005, he starred in the screen version of the highly praised David Auburn's play, Proof, alongside Gwyneth Paltrowand Anthony Hopkins.Jake Gyllenhaal, also known as Jacob Gyllenhaal, achieved acclaim onstage as well. In 2002, he scored an Evening Standard Theater Award for Outstanding Newcomer after starring in Kenneth Lonergan's remakeof This Is Our Youth in London's West End Theater.Swedish, Russian-Jewish descent Gyllenhaal, who stands 6 feet tall,was listed as one of People Magazine's 50 Hottest Bachelors in 2004. As for his private life, the rising actor was once linked toSpider-Man actress Kirsten Dunst. There is speculation that the couple faked a break-up to cover their wedding plans. Commenting tothe rumors, Dunst clarified, "I'm too young to get married. It's so annoying that they put pressure on you."More recent, Gyllenhaal and actress Salma Hayek reportedly joinedCanadian Inuit in the Arctic Circle for a customary spring dance on Earth Day Friday. The activity, sponsored by The Natural ResourcesDefense Council and Global Green USA, was aimed to call attention to the effect of global warming on northern Canada.Filmmaker OffspringChildhood and Family: "Coming from a family where my mom is a writer, I just respond to how people speak." Jake GyllenhaalSon of director Stephen Gyllenhaal (born on October 4, 1949) andproducer/screenwriter Naomi Foner Gyllenhaal, Jacob Benjamin Gyllenhaal was born on December 19, 1980. He has one older sister,actress Maggie Gyllenhaal (born on November 16, 1977), who played his sister in the film Donnie Darko. He is also the nephew of EricFoner.Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Jake attended a localelementary school with Maroon 5 band members and with Freaks and Geeks (1999) star Jason Segel while studying in Harvard-Westlake High School(graduated in 1998). For one year, Jake studied at the Columbia University in New York but dropped out to pursue an acting career.Jake's favorite book is To Kill a Mockingbird and his dog is namedafter the book's main character, Atticus. Off screen, Jake is a friend to actress Natalie Portman and Bryce Dallas Howard.The Day After TomorrowCareer: "The truth is most of the films that make a lot of money no one remembers, and I'm not interested in making films that no oneremembers." Jake GyllenhaalGrowing up in a family surrounded by the film scene, Jake Gyllenhaalhas shown his deep interest in acting since his childhood and performed in several school productions. At 10 years old, he managedto step in to the film industry. His debut role was Billy Crystal's son in the runaway success summer comedy City Slickers (1991).Two years later, Gyllenhaal appeared in his parents' film inspired byMary McGarry Morris' novel, the romantic drama A Dangerous Woman (with Debra Winger). He also shared the screenwith Jacob Tierney and Noah Fleiss in Billy Weber's comic adventure Josh and S.A.M. On the smallscreen, Gyllenhaal was spotted as a guest in an episode of the crime drama seriesHomicide: Life on the Street (in January of 1994), which was helmed by his father.His career seemed to come to a standstill until 1998 when he returnedto film with a bit part in his father's 1998 thriller comedy Homegrown (starring Billy Bob Thornton). Gyllenhaalsubsequently won his first notable leading role of Homer Hickman, a coal miner's son whoattempted to launch a rocket, in Joe Johnston's biopic October Sky (adopted from Homer H.Hickam Jr.'s book). The cast also included actors Chris Owen, William Lee Scott, Chad Lindberg and LauraDern.The titular role of a teenager haunted by visions of a giant, evilrabbit, Donnie Darko (2001, costarring Jena Malone and Drew Barrymore), in a sci-fi movie with the same title, was Gyllenhaal'sbreakout role. Donnie Darko, which was helmed by Richard Kelly and produced by Drew Barrymore, received rave reviews at the prestigiousSundance Film Festival. Gyllenhaal also received praise and was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Actor. The filmthen spawned its following installments, Swimfan/Donnie Darko (2002) and Donnie Darko: The Director's Cut (2004), with Gyllenhaal reprisinghis role in both.More notable roles arrived in the following years. In 2001, Gyllenhaal starred as a young man born without an immune system inWalt Disney's romantic comedy, Blair Hayes' Bubble Boy. After playing Catherine Keener's perceptive boss in Nicole Holofcener's drama comedyLovely & Amazing (2001), Gyllenhaal portrayed Jennifer Aniston's affair partner in Miguel Arteta's romantic comedy, the Sundance 2002favorite movie, The Good Girl (also starring John C. Reilly, Zooey Deschanel and Catherine O' Hara).On stage, Gyllenhaal debuted with a starring role in Kenneth Lonergan's reproduction of This Is Our Youth in spring of 2002. Theplay ran for eight weeks in London's West End. It also earned Gyllenhaal an Evening Standard Theater Award for Outstanding Newcomer.Meanwhile, Gyllenhaal's motion picture work continued to roll. Hebecame Jared Leto's best pal in James Cox's drama Highway (2002, also with Selma Blair) and starred as a young man trapped in his deadfiancée's family in Brad Silberling's Moonlight Lime (2002, alongside Dustin Hoffman and SusanSarandon).Roland Emmerich's mega-budgeted movie The Day After Tomorrow wasGyllenhaal's credited film work in 2004. In the film he portrayed Dennis Quaid's son, Sam Hall, a scholastic contestant caught in NewYork when the city is overwhelmed by the chilling beginnings of the new Ice Age. He followed it up with John Madden's drama Proof in2005, which also stars Gwyneth Paltrow, Anthony Hopkins and Hope Davis. In the screen version of David Auburn's Pulitzer Prize-winningplay, Gyllenhaal plays Hal, Gwyneth Paltrow's helpful friend and Anthony Hopkins' student.Gyllenhaalics, a name for Jake Gyllenhaal's fans, will continue towatch the Hollywood young heartthrob in a string of films in upcoming years. He will star in David Fincher's adaptation of RobertGraysmith's book, the real-event-based thriller Zodiac (with Robert Downey Jr.) and in Sam Mendes' film inspired by Anthony Swofford'snovel, the drama action Jarhead (alongside Jamie Foxx). He will also play lead roles in the movie version of E. Annie Proulx's short story,Ang Lee's romantic drama Brokeback Mountain (opposite Heath Ledger, Michelle Williams and Anne Hathaway), Neil Jordan's adventure comedyMe and My Monster, as well as star in Stephen Hopkins' action Nautica (costarring Heath Ledger)."Being a star doesn't last. That's not what life should be about.It's a complete illusion that really has nothing to do with you. For me, finding out about life is the most important thing." JakeGyllenhaalAwards: Young Hollywood: Breakthrough Performance - Male, 2002 Evening Standard Theater: Outstanding Newcomer, This Is Our Youth, 2002
I'm going to continue doing what I want to do. And if it means I want to go and make a big movie, if it has something to say, I will want to make it. I don't want to spend my life wasting my time. If it's a big movie, I want to do it. If it's a small movie, I want to do it.More Jake Gyllenhaal quotes [05/15/2006 12:05:00]
Every man goes through a period of thinking they're attracted to another guy.More Jake Gyllenhaal quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I don't have a "I want to play this or that," I just don't have that. I've never been like that.More Jake Gyllenhaal quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I think, in the initial process of discovering a character and the analytical process - and this is what I did take from Buddhism - initially I think there has to be an analytical, intellectual approach. And that has to be abandoned by the time you're playing the game.More Jake Gyllenhaal quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
You know, it's flattering when there's a rumor that says I'm bisexual. It means I can play more kinds of roles. I'm open to whatever people want to call me. I've never really been attracted to men sexually, but I don't think I would be afraid of it if it happened.More Jake Gyllenhaal quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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