Jake Gyllenhaal (born Jacob Benjamin Gyllenhaal, 19.12. 1980) Jake Gyllenhaal is an American actor known for 'Donnie Darko', 'Brokeback Mountain' and 'Nightcrawler'.
Net Worth: According to Celebrity Net Worth in 2013, Jake Gyllenhaal has a net worth of 65 million USD.
Childhood Jake: Gyllenhaal was born in Los Angeles, California, to producer and screenwriter Naomi Foner, and director Stephen Gyllenhaal. He and his sister, Maggie, are related to the Swedish noble family of Gyllenhaal through their father, though they were brought up to appreciate their privileged lifestyle, by which Jake Gyllenhaal's Bar Mitzvah took place at a homeless shelter. Gyllenhaal had many summer jobs as a child, amongst which were acting as a lifeguard and a busboy at a restaurant.
Career: Jake Gyllenhaal made his film debut at the age of eleven in 1991's 'City Slickers'. He received a part in the 1992 film 'Mighty Ducks', yet his parents did not allow him to work on the project as he would be away from home for too long. In 1993, both he and his sister Maggie appeared in the film 'A Dangerous Woman' before Gyllenhaal later had a part in an episode of 'Homicide: Life on the Street'. In 1998, Gyllenhaal appeared in 'Homegrown' and was later allowed to appear in the film 'Josh and S.A.M.'. In 1999, Gyllenhaal had his first starring role in the film 'October Sky'. After the film became a commercial success, it was seen as Gyllenhaal's breakout film. The success led to Gyllenhaal landing the titular role in 'Donnie Darko', which became a cult classic. After this, Gyllenhaal starred in 'Highway', which was critically savaged and seen as a flop. Gyllenhaal was given a lead role in 'The Good Girl', however, before also starring in 'Lovely & Amazing'. In 2001's 'Bubble Boy', he was once again criticised and the film was panned by critics. As 'Spider-Man' actor Tobey Maguire was suffering from health problems, Gyllenhaal was considered to take over the role in the second film, however Maguire recovered. Instead, Gyllenhaal starred in 'The Day After Tomorrow'. Following this, Gyllenhaal made his debut theatrical appearance in 'This Is Our Youth' on stage in London. During the show's eight-week run, Gyllenhaal received tremendous critical praise. In 2005, Gyllenhaal starred in three highly revered movies: 'Proof', 'Jarhead' and 'Brokeback Mountain'. 'Brokeback Mountain' saw Gyllenhaal nominated for the Best Supporting Actor award at the Academy Awards, however he lost it to George Clooney. Also in 2005, Gyllenhaal auditioned for the role of Bruce Wayne/Batman in 'Batman Begins', however the part went to Christian Bale. In 2007, Gyllenhaal stared in David Fincher's 'Zodiac' before starring in 'Rendition' in the same year. In 2009, Gyllenhaal starred in 'Brothers' with Tobey Maguire, before appearing in 'Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time' which led to critical backlash for him portraying a Persian. He later played a leading role in 2010's 'Love and Other Drugs'. In 2012, Gyllenhaal starred alongside Michael Peña in 'End of Watch' which received glowing reviews from critics. In 2014, Gyllenhaal starred in the erotic thriller 'Enemy', before producing and starring in 'Nightcrawler', for which he received a Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award nomination. Gyllenhaal signed on to star in 'Everest', with a release date set for September 2015.
Personal Life: Jamie Lee Curtis is the godmother of Jake Gyllenhaal. Gyllenhaal himself is godfather to Heath Ledger and Michelle Williams' child, Matilda Rose Ledger. He and Ledger became incredibly close friends while filming 'Brokeback Mountain'. He was devastated by Ledger's sudden death in 2008, finding it hard to come to terms with the death. In 2002, Gyllenhaal began dating actress Kirstin Dunst, with their relationship lasting for around two years. While filming 'Rendition', Gyllenhaal began a relationship with his co-star, Reese Witherspoon between 2007 and 2009. In October 2010, he began a relationship with singer/songwriter Taylor Swift, however the relationship ended in January 2011. Between July and December 2013, Gyllenhaal dated model Alyssa Miller.
Jake Gyllenhaal played a prank on Amy Schumer while filming a skit for her U.S. comedy show by throwing a live ferret at the comedienne.
The two stars paired up for a 'catfishing' segment after Amy decided it was time to come face to face with the person 'pretending' to be ferret-lover Jake online.
In the sketch, the movie star had been flirting with Amy but ducking out on a meeting with the Trainwreck star, so the funny girl called in the fake hosts of MTV show Catfish to track the imposter down - only to discover it really was Gyllenhaal, and he was a big fan.
The couple chatted as Jake held and stroked his pet ferret Falcor and a devastated Amy had to explain that she was the one lying online and she no longer had a ferret, called Margo.
Continue reading: Jake Gyllenhaal Threw Ferret At Amy Schumer
Jake Gyllenhaal has signed on to star in a film adaptation of Jo Nesbo's The Son.
Directed by Denis Villeneuve, whom the actor previously worked with on 2013's Enemy, the film is set to tell the story of Sonny Lofthus, once a promising wrestler, whose life enters a downward spiral when his police officer father commits suicide. After spending 12 years in prison, Sonny escapes when he learns the truth of his father’s death and begins hunting down the people responsible for his wrongful sentence.
The film will be made by Jake's production company Nine Stories in partnership with Bold Films, with Riva Marker and Michel Litvak producing. Gary Michael Walters will executive produce with Niclas Salomonsson as well as input from the noted Scandinavian author Jo Nesbo.
In a statement announcing the project on Thursday (26May16), Riva said the team was looking forward to translating the "provocative" narrative onto the big screen.
Continue reading: Jake Gyllenhaal To Star In Crime Thriller The Son
Jake Gyllenhaal will front a new performance of Stephen Sondheim's musical Sunday in the Park with George as part of a one-night-only benefit for the New York City Center.
The Everest actor will portray painter Georges Seurat in the production, which is scheduled for 24 October (16).
The musical won a Pulitzer Prize in 1985 and picked up two Tony awards and two Olivier awards. The new adaptation will be produced by Tony-winning composer Jeanine Tesori and will feature music and lyrics by Sondheim and a book by James Lapine, according to the New York Times.
Jake made his Broadway debut in 2015's Constellations and last year (15), he starred in an Encores! Off-Center production of Little Shop of Horrors.
Naomi Watts is getting better roles now she is in her forties.
The Australian star almost quit acting after spending 10 years in Hollywood without booking much work. She found it “demoralising” when a casting director wouldn’t even shake her hand, but after gaining roles in the early ‘00s, Naomi has become one of the world’s biggest stars.
“I don’t want to curse myself by saying this, but I’m going to, I guess things are pretty OK for me,” the 47-year-old star smiled to Britain’s Hello! magazine. “There aren’t an abundance of roles but things are OK. I strongly believe the roles over 40 are far more in-depth, far more developed. There’s experience, there’s kids and younger women in their 20s… that’s not a lot of life under their belt.”
Over the last 16 years Naomi has been nominated for an Oscar twice, first for 21 Grams and then for The Impossible, and has starred with some of Hollywood’s top leading men.
Continue reading: Naomi Watts: 'Over 40s Have Life Experience'
Daisy Ridley is set to appear in Ophelia, a cinematic reinterpretation of Shakespeare’s Hamlet.
While the play focused on the Danish Prince seeking revenge on those who murdered his father, this new retelling will spotlight Ophelia, who falls for Hamlet.
British star Daisy will play the title character Ophelia, and the story will explore her romance with Prince Hamlet and relationship with his mother Queen Gertrude, set to be depicted by Naomi Watts.
The film will be based on Lisa Klein's Young Adult novel of the same name, with Semi Chellas adapting the story for the silver screen, and The Waiting City director Claire MCCarthy attached to direct.
Continue reading: Daisy Ridley Takes On Ophelia In New Spin On Hamlet
Chris Cooper's first piece of advice to Jake Gyllenhaal was to never have regrets about work.
The two actors star in drama Demolition, about a man's grieving process following the death of his wife in a car accident. It marks their third film together, their last being 2005's Jarhead and the first being October Sky in 1999, when Jake was just a teenager. Recalling the first time they worked together, Chris shared what pearls of wisdom he imparted on his younger co-star.
"He came from a family in the business and he was looking for the long haul," the 64-year-old told Britain's The Independent newspaper.
"We had many talks. (I told him) at every turn of this business, do not have regrets; it's a very competitive, tough business and you are going to be rejected so put your time in and have no regrets. I know he took that to heart because I've seen previous interviews and he's mentioned that conversation."
Continue reading: Chris Cooper's Pearls Of Wisdom To Jake Gyllenhaal
The actor supports the democrats in the presidential race.
Jake Gyllenhaal has opened up about where he stands on the upcoming US presidental election, and it seems he is one of many who believe that the election of Donald Trump could be extremely 'dangerous' for the nation. He revealed his thoughts on the prospect of Trump coming to power in a recent interview.
Jake Gyllenhaal won't be voting Trump
He's currently promoting his new film 'Demolition', about a guy who finds a passion for destroying things following the death of his wife, and it seems that Jake Gyllenhaal feels Trump could be holding a sledgehammer over the United States of America.
Continue reading: Jake Gyllenhaal Brands Donald Trump 'Dangerous' And 'Dishonest'
With its darkly emotive themes and brittle humour, this well-made drama by Jean-Marc Vallee (Dallas Buyers Club) isn't quite what it appears to be. It's not, for example, an exploration of grief, although that's in here. And it also isn't meant to be taken literally, because it's more of a parable. The main clue is in the moment when the central character comments that everything in his life seems to be a metaphor. Indeed it is. And this heightened sense of meaning makes the entire film unusually vivid.
The film opens as Wall Street banker Davis (Jake Gyllenhaal) emerges unscratched from a car crash that kills his beautiful wife Julia (Heather Lind). Unable to grieve, he begins to feel like the world around him is shifting inexplicably. So he starts taking things apart to see how they work, or why they don't. Soon he's dismantling his entire house. His father-in-law Phil (Chris Cooper), who is also his boss, becomes increasingly perplexed at Davis' erratic behaviour. And the only person Davis confides in is customer services rep Karen (Naomi Watts) and her confused 15-year-old son Chris (Judah Lewis). As Davis worms his way into their world, he slowly begins to see his own life more clearly.
This is a film about how some people let themselves drift along in the expected ways, never questioning what happens even though it doesn't feel quite right. In Davis' case, his wife's death jolts him awake. He begins to see the real world around him for the first time, including the absurdities of the life he had built around himself. Gyllenhaal invests Davis with remarkable layers of emotion as a generally cheerful guy being pulled apart from within by something he initially can't understand. His reactions to people around him grow increasingly more honest as the film progresses. And by the end, he's defying expectations and conventions in ways that feel shocking but are actually bracingly truthful.
Continue reading: Demolition Review
Jake Gyllenhaal joined Boston bombing survivor Jeff Bauman to throw the first pitch at a Boston Red Sox baseball game on Monday (18Apr16).
The Everest star joined Jeff, who lost both his legs in the 2013 blast near the finish line of the city's annual Marathon event, for the ceremonial opening pitch.
Jake will play the hero in the film Stronger, which tells the story of how despite his injuries Jeff helped U.S. authorities track down the Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the brothers responsible for the bombing, which killed three and injured 264 people.
The actor and the former shop assistant turned author opened the Red Sox's traditional Patriots' Day baseball game at Fenway Park Stadium. Like the annual Marathon it occurs on the Massachusetts civic holiday marking U.S. troops' victories over the British in the American Revolutionary War.
Continue reading: Jake Gyllenhaal Throws Opening Pitch With Boston Bombing Hero
In his new drama Demolition, Jake Gyllenhaal plays a remarkably unlikeable, apathetic guy who decides to dismantle his life physically and figuratively after his wife dies in a car crash.
Jake Gyllenhaal looked forward to working with costar Naomi Watts and director Jean-Marc Vallee (Dallas Buyers Club), mainly because the filmmaker is notable for encouraging his cast members to improvise. But Gyllenaal says he was taken aback when Vallee told him not to prepare for the role. "Weeks before, I was like, 'When are we going to rehearse it?'" Gyllenhaal says. "And he was like, 'No, we can talk about it on set.' He really pushed me out of my comfort zone, this technique and this style that I've developed over a long period of time. I showed up pretty scared the first day, because I hadn't done any preparation. But it wasn't manipulation, because he was always with me."
Jake Gyllenhaal plays Davis in Demolition
And Gyllenhaal really enjoyed Vallee's stripped-back stye of filmmaking. "I had heard and read about his process," he says, "and how he films his movies and how he treats his actors and just his whole way of circumventing the Hollywood vanity style of filmmaking. I loved it! When I got to set, there was no makeup, there was no lighting. It's just that instinct."
Continue reading: Demolition Was A New Challenge For Jake Gyllenhaal
Date of birth
19th December, 1980
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