Celebrities, Celebrity Q&A, Featured Article, PeopleBy Paulette Cohn on May 29, 2012
I would like to know more about actor Jake Gyllenhaal. Is he married and what new movies does he have coming up?
–Joy Heddes, Middleburg, Pa.
Becoming an actor wasn't a difficult choice for Gyllenhaal, 31, since it was the family business. His father Stephen is a director; mom Naomi Foner is a screenwriter; and, big sister Maggie is also an actress.
Gyllenhaal, who is a Swedish nobleman by birthright, began acting at age 10, making his film debut as Billy Crystal's son in City Slickers. Since then, he has amassed a nice list of credits, including Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, Brothers, Zodiac, Jarhead, Proof, The Good Girl, Moonlight Mile, the cult hit Donnie Darko, October Sky, and most recently Love and Other Drugs and Source Code, as well as Brokeback Mountain, for which he earned Oscar and SAG nominations. He also won a best supporting actor BAFTA award in 2006.
Coming up next, Gyllenhaal stars as an L.A.P.D. officer assigned to the mean streets of South Central Los Angeles in End of Watch, set for a September release, and Nailed, based on Kristin Gore's novel Sammy's Hill, in which he plays an immoral congressman.
To date, Gyllenhaal, who has famously dated Kirsten Dunst, Reese Witherspoon and Taylor Swift, remains a bachelor, but he is the godfather to the late Heath Ledger and Michelle William's daughter.