A Tribute to Jake Gyllenhaal: The Rise and Journey of the Daring Heartthrob

A Tribute to Jake Gyllenhaal: The Rise and Journey of the Daring Heartthrob
Video Version of this Article Photo/Video: Jake Gyllenhaal//Disney/Hollywood Insider YouTube Channel Growing Up in Hollywood and Staying Grounded First of all, Happy birthday, Mr. Gyllenhaal! Jake Gyllenhaal was born in 1980 in Los Angeles, California. His father, Stephen Gyllenhaal, is an Emmy nominated director, and his mother, Naomi Foner, is an Academy Award-nominated writer. In an interview with The Guardian, Gyllenhaal recalls director Steven Soderbergh renting a room above their garage before he became famous. Other interesting stories about early encounters with famous people in film include Paul Newman taking him to the race track and teaching him driving safety. Newman is not Gyllenhaal’s godfather, though, which is a fact that is often misreported. His godfather is Academy Award-winning cinematographer Robert Elswit. Needless to say, Gyllenhaal was around the film industry growing up. It doesn’t seem like a far stretch for Jake to find interest in the world of acting,
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