Jake Gyllenhaal: biography and latest news!

  • Job : actor
  • Real name: Jacob Benjamin
  • Sign : Sagittarius
  • Date of birth: Friday, December 19, 1980 (age: 40 years old)
  • Country: United States

Jake Gyllenhaal was born on December 19, 1980 in Los Angeles. Child of the seraglio, he is immersed in an artistic universe between a director father, Stephen Gyllenhaal, a writer mother, Naomi Foner, and an actress godmother, Jamie Lee Curtis. Of Jewish faith on his mother’s side, the little boy, Jacob Benjamin of his real name, does his bar mitzvah. His paternal family comes from a dynasty of the Swedish aristocracy ennobled by Queen Christine of Sweden in the seventeenth century. Her elder sister, Maggie, is the first to tread the boards during school theater performances. The little boy already wants to imitate his older sister. At the age of 11, he appears for the first time on the big screen in Life, Love…Cows alongside Billy Cristal. After attending Columbia University where he studied philosophy, he decided to start a career as an actor.

In 1998, he made his debut in front of his father’s camera and directed L’héritage de Malcolm. Two years later, he was revealed to the general public with his interpretation of a schizophrenic teenager in Donnie Darko in which he gives the line to his sister. The year 2004 brought him his first success with The Day After with Dennis Quaid. His palette of play was enriched when he accepted the role of a gay cowboy in The Secret of Brokeback Mountain in 2005, opposite Heath Ledger. He was nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his performance. He didn’t win the statuette, but his career took a turn. The actor alternates the registers: thriller (Zodiac, Secret Detention), Hollywood blockbuster (Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time), dramatic comedy (Love and Other Drugs) or science fiction (Source Code). In 2014, he doesn’t hesitate to lose fourteen kilos in order to play an unscrupulous reporter in Night Call, for which he won several prizes in different American festivals. A prolific actor, he will star in three films in 2015; Accidental Love, Southpaw and Everest. In May 2015, he is a member of the jury of the 68th Cannes Film Festival.

In 2002, Jake Gyllenhaal met actress Kirsten Dunst through his sister Maggie. But the couple split up in 2004. He finds love again on the arm of Reese Witherspoon, whom he met on the set of the film Secret Detention (2007-2009). In 2010, he lives a romance with the singer Taylor Swift. He is the godfather of Matilda Ledger, the daughter of Michelle Williams and Heath Ledger.