As the son of celebrity movie director Stephen Gyllenhaal and his wife Naomi Foner – a famed writer cum producer, it doesn’t come as a surprise that Jake Gyllenhaal has been active in the entertainment sphere since childhood. Jake was featured as a child actor on the set of a Dangerous Woman and City Slickers before his appearance in the 2001 Donnie Darko which saw his transition from a child actor to a full-blown adult male movie sensation.
Once listed by People Magazine as one of the “50 Most Beautiful People” Jake Gyllenhaal has worked very hard to avoid being cast in the stereotype of one of those handsome faces in Hollywood. He is known for unconventional roles that give him room to explore his acting prowess. The famous actor’s big break came on the set of October Sky where he portrayed the character of Homer Hickman. Other movies he has appeared in include but not limited to Homegrown (1998), The Good Girl (2002), The Day After Tomorrow (2004) and Jarhead (2005).
His other notable productions are Brokeback Mountain, Zodiac, Brothers, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, End of Watch, Love & Other Drugs, Enemy, Nightcrawler, Prisoner, Nocturnal Animal and Southpaw. Jake, whose trademark is his smooth voice and dimpled smile, has been honoured with several prestigious awards and nominations, notable among them are the BAFTA Awards, Screen Actors Guild Awards, Academy Awards, Satellite Awards, Independent Spirit Awards and Golden Globe Awards.
Sister – Maggie Gyllenhaal
Jake Gyllenhaal was raised alongside his older sister Maggie Gyllenhaal who is also an accomplished actress. Both siblings have appeared in a movie together on the set of Donnie Darko in 2001. They have made history as the debut siblings to be nominated for Oscar for their acting roles in the 21st century. Maggie is in a marital relationship with notable actor Peter Sarsgaard, her brother’s co-star on the set of Rendition and Jarhead. Maggie and her husband are proud parents to a beautiful girl called Ramona Sarsgaard (b. 3/10/2006).
Both Jake and Maggie were in residence at the Manka’s Inverness Lodge, a popular lodge and eatery located in Inverness, California in 2006 when a massive fire gulped down the place. The siblings were having a vacation there but managed to escape without sustaining any injuries. According to celebrity chef and hotelier Daniel DeLong, Jake Gyllenhaal and Maggie were very supportive despite the fact that they had to suffer exposure to the wind and cold following the incident.
Jake Gyllenhaal’s Wife or Girlfriend, Kids
Coming to his dating life, Jake Gyllenhaal is reputed as one of the most popular bachelors who has been in romantic relationships with some of the most beautiful damsels of the entertainment industry. The onset of his dalliance with the opposite sex can be traced back to 2001 when he was an item with Jenny Lewis – singer/songwriter of American origin. The popular American actress Kirsten Dunst came into the picture in 2002, their relationship lasted for a couple of years but hit the rocks in 2004. 2006 saw him in a brief hot romance with actress Natalie Portman, but from 2007 to 2009, actress Reese Witherspoon was his girlfriend.
In 2010, Jake started an affair with Taylor Swift – a renowned American singer, they lasted for all of 12 months and called it quits the next year in 2011. His last known dalliance was in 2013 with Alyssa Miller – an American fashion model. Their affair sustained till 2014 before it crashed. Till now, Jake Gyllenhaal’s name has not been linked to any other woman. It is assumed that he is currently single and there is no record of any offspring from his past relationships. Those fans who are no doubt waiting for wedding bells to ring on his behalf may be in for a long wait because the handsome Romeo is not showing any signs of settling down in the nearest future.
Jake Gyllenhaal’s Net Worth
The celebrated movie star has accumulated a whopping net worth of $65 million from his career in the world of entertainment. Although his annual income has never been published, we can accurately surmise from the magnitude of his wealth that he has been earning handsomely through the course of his career.