Jake Gyllenhaal has won a BAFTA award and been nominated for honors including an Academy Award, a Screen Actors Guild award and a Golden Globe award. So it was about time the critically acclaimed actor sat down across from James Lipton for an interview on Inside the Actors Studio to open up about his craft—and how his personal life affects his work.
In the Q&A, which airs Thursday, September 19 at 8pm ET/PT on Bravo, Gyllennhaal talks candidly about everything from growing up in Hollywood family (and being bar mitzvah'd!) to his close relationship with his Brokeback Mountain co-star Heath Ledger. Watch a preview clip below.
Gyllenhaal talks about teaming with Ledger for the landmark film about cowboys who fall in love, revealing he'd met his co-star before the pair were cast.
"Heath and I knew each other for years before that because we had both auditioned for Moulin Rouge together," Gyllenhaal says. After experiencing Ledger's brash, loose sense of humor in person, "I remember thinking, 'I like this guy.' He's just like, super lovable," Gyllenhaal recalls. He later admits Ledger's death hit him extremely hard: "It felt like losing a family member, and it still does to this day."
Gyllenhaal also addresses the gay rumors that came following Brokeback, but he says he wasn't rattled. (That portion of the interview will be featured in the full episode.) In fact, "It's a huge compliment," he says. And as for what turns him on, Jake says his tastes are simple: "Tits and ass."