Is Jake Gyllenhaal married? No, he isn’t. Gyllenhaal is single now, considering his relationship status. However, he has dated numerous celebrity artists in the past. He was first romantically linked with actress Kirsten Dunst from 2002 to 2004. They were the cutest couple in the industry and used to regularly appear on red carpet events. They lived together in a Los Angeles home with an adopted pet dog. But their love life couldn’t continue after two years. Gyllenhaal hasn’t found the perfect partner who could turn as his wife.
After dating Kirsten Dunst, Jake Gyllenhaal was in the relationship with his Rendition co-star Reese Witherspoon. They met in 2007 and initiated their love-life but couldn’t carry it more from 2009. The duo split because of their busy schedules and the surrounding circumstances were changing frequently. Gyllenhaal was into the limelight when news came that he was dating popular singer-songwriter Taylor Swift. They were together for about five months from October 2010 to March 2011. As per some media, some of the songs of Taylor Swift were dedicated to him. Gyllenhaal was also linked with Sports Illustrated model Alyssa Miller from July to December in 2013. Scroll down to explore more interesting facts about Jake Gyllenhaal bio and personal life:
Who is Jake Gyllenhaal?
Born as Jacob Benjamin Gyllenhaal, he is an American actor by profession. Jake was born on December 19, 1980, which makes his age be 40 years old as of 2020. He made his screen debut in 1991 from American western comedy film City Slickers. He made a big breakthrough in his career by portraying the role of Homer Hickam in 1999’s biographical drama film October Sky. By playing the title character in the indie cult hit Donnie Darko in 2001, he received an Independent Spirit Award nomination for the category Best Male Lead. Following his acting career, he has contributed to numerous hit movies that have been proven successful in the Box Office.
Early Life and Education
The American actor was born in 1980 in Los Angeles, California, the United States of America. Jake Gyllenhaal was born to the parents named Naomi Foner (mother) and Stephen Gyllenhaal (father). Regarding his parents’ profession, his father is a renowned film director whereas his mother is a film producer and screenwriter by profession.
Talking more about his family members, Jake’s elder sister Maggie Gyllenhaal is an actress who is best known for appearing n the film Donnie Darko with him. His father was of Swedish and English descent and grew up as a Swedenborgian. His great-great-grandfather named Anders Leonard Gyllenhaal was the last ancestor to be born in Sweden. Similarly, his mother is Jewish born in New York City. Her mother is from the family from Poland and Russia. Likewise, Jake describes himself as Jewish.
In 1993 on his 13th birthday, Jake performed at a homeless shelter. He started working as a lifeguard and as a busboy in one of the restaurants which were operated by his family friend. He was made to do that summer job after his parents insist to support himself. It was his parents who encouraged Jake to develop artistic expression.
Moving to the education and academic achievements, Jake attended the Los Angeles based Harvard-Westlake School and completed his graduation in 1998. For his further education, he was enrolled at Columbia University. His sister Maggie was senior to him on the University. However, he was unable to continue his University education after two years for concentrating on his acting career.
Career and Professional Life
Jake started his acting career from his childhood age as he was regularly expressed to filmmaking because of his parents’ profession. From the comedy film City Slickers, he made his debut playing the role of Billy Crystal’s son. He would have possibly appeared the 1992 film The Mighty Ducks but couldn’t appear in the movie because his parents didn’t allow him to leave the home for which he has to go outside for two months. His parents allowed him to go for the audition at various roles but they often forbade him for appearing in those films. Finally, he was allowed to play on his father’s films.
In 1993, he appeared in the romantic drama film A Dangerous Woman alongside his sister which was directed by his parents. After a year, he was seen in a 1994 episode of Homicide: Life on the Street and later in Homegrown. Jake with his sibling and mother appeared in an Italian cooking show on the Food Network entitled Molto Mario. He was not allowed to other director’s film until his senior high school except the 1993 film Josh and S.A.M. which is based in children’s adventure.
Jake made his first lead role from the 1999’s biographical drama October Sky which is the 1999 adaptation of the Homer Hickam autobiography Rocket Boys by Joe Johnston. In the movie, he appeared as a young man from West Virginia who worked hard avoiding becoming a coal miner. The movie successfully collected 32 million dollars.
Jake’s second film was Donnie Darko but it was unable to impress in the Box Office collection. It is a science fiction movie directed by Richard Kelly where Jake was portraying the role of a troubled teenager who experiences a tall guy named Frank who tells Jake that the world was soon going to end. He was received well from critics where Gary Mairs of Culture Vulture stated that Jake was able to manage the difficult trick of appearing both profoundly disturbed and blandly normal. Following the success of Donnie Darko, he appeared in 2002’s independent drama film Highway alongside Jared Leto portraying the role of Pilot Kelston. One of the critics explained his role as “silly, cliched and straight to video.”
Appearing in The Good Girl opposite Jennifer Aniston, he gained a huge success after the premiere of the movie at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival. At the same time, he was seen in Lovely and Amazing alongside Catherine Keener. Both of the movies present him as an unstable character who has an affair with an older woman. After that, he was appeared in a romantic comedy Bubble Boy, a movie by Touchstone Pictures based on the story of David Vetter. He was later seen opposite to Dustin Hoffman, Ellen Pompeo and Susan Sarandon appearing as a young boy who was going through the sorrow of the death of his fiancée in Moonlight Mile. The movie received mixed reviews and was also popular for being based on the personal experience of Brad Silberling, the writer and director of the movie.
Jake was starred in drama film Praise by John Madden, Jarhead by Sam Mendes and Brokeback Mountain by Ang Lee in 2005. He was featured as Gwyneth Paltrow and Anthony Hopkins and presented an appealing performance as a graduate student in mathematics. He was appearing as a violent U.S. Marine in Jarhead based on the first Gulf War. He also went for the audition for the blockbuster Batman Begins in the lead role as Batman and was too close to be selected for the role but Christian Bale was given the chance for the film.
Jake alongside Heath Ledger appeared as young men in the movie Brokeback Mountain. The movie was referred to as the gay cowboy movie by various media and there was still a controversial opinion on the character’s sexual orientation. The film successfully earned the Golden Lion prize during the Venice Film Festival. Further, it receives four Golden Globe Awards, three Academy Awards and BAFTA Awards. Jake also received a nomination in the category of Best Supporting Actor during the Academy Award. But unfortunately, he lost the award to George Clooney. Jake further received MTV Movie Award sharing it with Ledger for the category “Best Kiss” in 2006.
Gyllenhaal expressed his experience while working in Brokeback Mountain under the direction of Ang Lee and presented mostly praise to him than criticism. Gyllenhaal praised the director stating “his humbleness and his respect for everyone around him” on January 28, 2006, during the Directors Guild of America Awards. Jake was seen as the host for the Saturday Night Live in January 2007.
The same year, he was starred in the true story based mystery thriller Zodiac by David Fincher. He appeared in the role of a political cartoonist from San Francisco named Robert Graysmith for which he made his preparation by meeting Graysmith and studying his mannerisms and behavior.
Jake was starred in the October 2007 release Rendition opposite to the Alan Arkin, Reese Witherspoon and Meryl Streep. The movie is about the United States policy of extraordinary rendition directed by Gavin Hood. He was also seen in Jim Sheridan’s remake of Susanne Bier’s movie Brothers in the Danish language in 2009. An announcement was made in 2008 that Jake would appear in the comedy Nailed.
Similarly, the American actor was featured in the lead role of the movie based on the video game adaption named Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time. It was released by Disney and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and hit the theatre’s screen on May 28, 2010. Further, his romantic comedy Love & Other Drugs appeared in the theatre on November 24, 2010. For this, he received a nomination for the Golden Globe Award.
Jake was featured in David Ayer’s film End of Watch alongside Michael Peña in 2012. The movie is about two Los Angeles street police officers. It received impressive reviews and feedback from the audiences and critics after its release on September 21, 2012. For presenting his best on the role of a street cop, he received tactical training and also went for actual police drive participation with his partner Michael Peña.
The American actor Jake worked for two films which were directed by Denis Villeneuve. He appeared as s a detective named Loki in the thriller Prisoners. In that role, he was searching for the abductor of two young girls. His performance in the movie was explained as “exceptional” by the Rolling Stone critic Peter Travers. Jake appeared in the dual role in the thriller movie Enemy, one as a history teacher and next as his doppelganger.
He became the producer as well as the actor of the neo-noir thriller film Nightcrawler in 2014 which was directed and written by Dan Gilroy. He received a Screen Actors Guild Award and Golden Globe nomination for his role in the movie. The following year, he was seen in Antoine Fuqua’s sports drama Southpaw in 2015.
Jake Gyllenhaal portrayed the role of an American expedition group leader named Scott Fischer who dies to suffer from the altitude sickness in the 2015 biographical adventure film Everest. The movie was written by Simon Beaufoy and William Nicholson whereas Baltasar Kormákur served as the director/ producer of the film. On September 2, 2015, the movie opened the 72nd Venice International Film Festival and on September 18, 2015, it was released theatrically.
Everest became commercially successful which made $203 million worldwide whereas its production budget was a $55 million budget. Jake also appeared in the romantic comedy-drama Demolition which was directed by Jean-Marc Vallée. Gyllenhaal was seen in the main competition section of the 2015 Cannes Film Festival as a jury member. After a year, he was featured in the thriller film Nocturnal Animals directed by Tom Ford in 2016.
Gyllenhaal appeared in the 2017’s science fiction thriller film Life playing the character as David Jordan, an astronaut. Further, he portrayed the supporting role in action-adventure film Okja which is directed by Bong Joon-ho and released on Netflix on June 28, 2017. Further, the actor was seen in the western dark comedy The Sisters Brothers and in drama film Wildlife by Paul Dano. As of now, Gyllenhaal is about to appear in the Spider-Man: Far From Home which is the sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming which is set to be released in 2019.
Actor Jake Gyllenhaal is not married yet and therefore has no wife in his life at the moment. But is often the talk of the town due to his crispy dating stories. Let’s explore in detail about Jake’s love life records below:
Kirsten Dunst (2002-2004)
She is an American actress born on April 30, 1982, who made her debut through the movie New York Stories (1989). She is known for her portrayal of Mary Jane Watson in Spider-Man trilogy (2002-2007). Gyllenhaal and Dunst couldn’t continue their relationship for more than two years.
Reese Witherspoon (2007-2009)
She is an American actress and a successful woman entrepreneur born on March 22, 1976. Witherspoon and Gyllenhaal met in the year 2007 while filming the movie Rendition. Although they didn’t talk about their romance in first but later in an interview with Vogue, Witherspoon mentioned about her boyfriend claiming him to be very supportive. They separated in 2009 because of their busy schedules and both of them were highly focused on uplifting their professional acting career.
Taylor Swift (2010-2011)
Born as Taylor Alison Swift, she is one of the most celebrated singers from the United States born on December 13, 1989. Her songs are popular because most of them are narrated on the basis of her personal life and therefore those songs easily receive widespread media coverage. Swift and Gyllenhaal were together only for few months.
Alyssa Miller (2013)
She is an aspiring model from the United States born on July 4, 1989, who is well recognized for doing runway work for various renowned companies. They couldn’t carry their relationship longer than few months from July to December of 2013. After the split, Alyssa Miller married in 2018 with Australian musician Cam Avery.
Since 2014, actor Gyllenhaal is living a single life. However, he has been rumored several times to have dated other artist like Rachel Bilson, Natalie Portman, Ruth Wilson and Rashida Jones. Talking more about his facts, Gyllenhaal is also politically active who was active during the 2004 U.S. election where he encouraged students from the University of Southern California to vote in the election. With the Democratic Presidential candidate John Kerry, he worked for the election campaign. By religion, Jake is Jewish.
Jake has an athletic build body structure with an appealing physique. He stands at a height of 6 feet tall and weighs about 77 kilograms. He follows a balanced diet and gives more priority to his workout mainly boxing and cardio. One who is professionally engaged as an actor/ actress must give importance to their fitness and follow a strict diet plan. Jake is also a fitness freak and never shows recklessness regarding his health.
Salary and Net worth
The American actor has amassed the huge amount of net worth from his professional acting career and has gained popularity from his contribution to movies like Brokeback Mountain (2005), Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010), Zodiac (2007) and so on. According to some wiki sites, Jake Gyllenhaal has garnered a jaw-dropping net worth amounting to 65 million USD. He has also received numbers of nominations and awards in his name including the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role, the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama and much more.
Wiki and Facts
Most of the popular celebrity sites including Wikipedia and IMDb have provided Gyllenhaal’s biography. Follow the American actor on Instagram @jjakegyllenhaaldaily and on Twitter @gyllenhaalicsff. Likewise, his Facebook page is available @jakeGyllenhaal.