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Jake first burst onto the scene with the cult classic Donnie Darko (2001), playing a mentally ill guy seeing weird hallucinations about a giant rabbit. There was great buzz about this new guy who had done such a great job at such a young age. He has somewhat lived up to the expectations and done a good job so far.
He is the son of director Stephen Gyllenhaal and the brother of actress Maggie Gyllenhaal. He grew up watching his father work with great actors like Paul Newman and was influenced by them. He started off his career when he was only 10 years old with the movie City Slickers (1991). He appeared in few more movies playing small supporting characters. He got his first starring role in October Sky (1999). He followed it up with Donnie Darko. The movie did not do well but all the critics loved the film.
Jake has always had an inkling to play young unstable characters. He simultaneously did two movies playing similar role; the movies were The Good Girl (2002) and Lovely & Amazing (2001). In both he played a slightly unstable guy who falls for women older than him. Both movies did well but it was the actresses that took more credit. Jake came very close to playing two super hero characters; Spiderman and Batman. For Batman he lost out to Christian Bale and for Spider-Man Toby Maguire recovered in time to reprise his role in the second part. Jake did get to play a fantasy character in Prince of Persia: Sands of Time (2010). The movie was based on the famous video game of Prince of Persia.
His best work till date has been in Brokeback Mountain (2005) opposite the late Heath Ledger. He won the BAFTA award for Best Supporting Actor. The movie sort of became a campaign for gay rights in Hollywood and he also won the MTV Best Kiss ward with Heath. He became good friends with Heath and was named godfather of Heath’s daughter Matilda Rose.
Jake, in 2009 split with Reese Witherspoon after two years together. The two had met while filming Rendition (2007) together. Reese had then split from her husband and was in an emotional place. Jake had previously dated Spider-Man (2002) actress Kirsten Dunst for two years.