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Top 10 Facts - Jake Gyllenhaal
10.23.2015
Fact #1

Gyllenhaal was born in Los Angeles, California, the son of film producer and screenwriter Naomi Foner and film director Stephen Gyllenhaal.

Fact #2

As a child, Gyllenhaal was regulary exposed to filmmaking due to his family's deep ties to the industry. He made his acting debut as Billy Crystal's son in the 1991 comedy film City Slickers.

Fact #3

Donnie Darko, Gyllenhaal's second major film, was not a box office success upon its initial 2001 release, but eventually became a cult favorite.

Fact #4

After the critical success of Donnie Drako, Gyllenhaal's nex role was as Pilot Kelston in 2002's Highway alongside Jared Leto. His perfomance was described by one critic as "silly, cliched and straight to video".

Fact #5

In his theatrical debut, Gyllenhaal starred on the London stage in Kenneth Lonergan's revival of This is Our Youth, Gyllenhaal said, "every acrtor I look up to had done theatre work, so I knew I had to give it a try.

Fact #6

In 2014, Gyllenhaal starred in a dual role in the erotic thriller, Enemy, adn produced and starred in the crime thriller Nightcrawler, receiving a Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for the latter role.

Fact #7

He wa on the jury for the main competition section of the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.

Fact #8

He dated singer-songwriter Taylor Swift from October 2010 until January 2011, and model Alyssa Miller from July to December 2013. In 2013 he was also briefly linked to American model Emily DiDonato although its was never directly addressed by either one of them.

Fact #9

Gyllenhaal is politically active. He shot a commercial for Rock the Vote, and along with his siter, visited the University of Southern California to encourage stuents to vote during the 2004 U.S. election.

Fact #10

Gyllenhaal was named one of People magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People" in 2006. He was also listed People's "Hotterst Bachelors of 2006". He was ranked at #2 on the Gay Wared Magazine poll of male actors who have played gay characters in movies.

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