After meeting in 2001 and playing his lover in 2005, Jake Gyllenhaal is still devastated by the 2008 death of Heath Ledger, saying it was like "losing a family member".
'Source Code' actor Jake Gyllenhaal has revealed that he is still struggling to get over the loss of Heath Ledger, citing the news of his 2008 death was like "losing a family member". The general public became aware of their friendship after the two actors starred alongside one another as gay lovers in the 2005 Academy Award-winning movie 'Brokeback Mountain'. Gyllenhaal has, however, revealed that their friendship first began in 2001, when they met during auditions for Baz Luhrmann's 'Moulin Rouge!'
US television show, 'Inside the Actors Studio' gave an interview with Gylllenhaal, where he explained his relationship with the late 'The Dark Knight' star. Gylllenhaal explained that: "Heath and I knew each other for years before ['Brokeback Mountain'] because we had both auditioned for 'Moulin Rouge!' together. And I remember thinking, 'I like this guy. He's just like, super lovable.'"
'Eonline.com' reports that in the interview (which will appear on the air on 19th September, 2013), Gyllenhaal touches on the tragedy of Legder's accidental drug overdose, and revealed that he continues to miss his friend "to this day", as losing the actor was like "losing a family member" for him.