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    When I walk into a screening, I'm nervous in a different way than I am as an actor. But the response is ultimately I know how I feel about it and that's what matters to me the most.
    — Jake Gyllenhaal
    I think my strength is to do a take all the way through. I am definitely not someone who can do a sprint. Maybe I am not that smart, but it takes me a while to find the moment, and I like to be pushed toward it.
    — Jake Gyllenhaal
    tags: smart  moment  strength 
     
    I love storytelling, you know, beyond anything. I love a great story beyond a great performance. Storytelling is about what we all do together and how we collaborate together. A performance can be a collaboration in ways, but oftentimes it's one individual thing.
    — Jake Gyllenhaal
    I fooled around with Heath Ledger and Michelle Williams got pregnant.
    — Jake Gyllenhaal
    In that way, as an actor in particular, you're powerless. And so in that way as an actor in particular you can't make mistakes.
    — Jake Gyllenhaal
    tags: mistakes 
     
    Sometimes what I actually love to do is go to a farm and get fresh milk or watch a pig get slaughtered.
    — Jake Gyllenhaal
    I promise that, one day, everything's going to be better for you.
    — Jake Gyllenhaal
    Being a star doesn't last. That's not what life should be about. It's a complete illusion that really has nothing to do with you. For me, finding out about life is the most important thing.
    — Jake Gyllenhaal
    tags: star  illusion 
     
    Everybody is an actor in one way or another. We are all performing certain things.
    — Jake Gyllenhaal
    I think that we all have within us the potential for almost anything. If we play close attention to our lives, then we can get at it somehow.
    — Jake Gyllenhaal
    Theater has given me a different perspective on the way I approach films.
    — Jake Gyllenhaal
    tags: film  perspective 
     
    I hope that when the world comes to an end, I can breathe a sigh of relief, because there will be so much to look forward to
    — Jake Gyllenhaal
    tags: world  hope 
     
    I think I find tactile things, you know. Just the feeling of blood itself is enough for me. If you, even if it's not real blood. I mean that's enough, like sometimes there are very simple things that are enough.
    — Jake Gyllenhaal
    tags: real  blood 
     
    Romance is important, but to have a friend you can use as a mirror, who can give you an objective response, that's what's really important.
    — Jake Gyllenhaal
    tags: friends  romance 
     
    By cool, I don't mean cool. I mean vulnerable and a mess.
    — Jake Gyllenhaal
    I'm at a period in my life when I'm figuring out my idea of who I am and what I want and how to hold onto love - all that big stuff. And I'm starting to realize that it can happen at any age. I know people who are in their 50s who are figuring out what they want and who they are, and I think it's great. It's like you're always approaching life as a beginner.
    — Jake Gyllenhaal
    tags: people  age  ideas 
     
    I was listening to this Adele song, where she's like, "When we were young..." I was like, "You're 27. Are you kidding me?
    — Jake Gyllenhaal
    tags: listening  song 
     
    My mom would always say this thing about writing - and I've taken it into account in a lot of things in my life - which is just, "Make it shorter." Figure out what you are truly saying, whittle it down to the essence, then say that.
    — Jake Gyllenhaal
    tags: saying  writing 
     
    Do you know what fear stands for? False Evidence Appearing Real.
    — Jake Gyllenhaal
    tags: fear  real 
     
    Every journey starts with fear.
    — Jake Gyllenhaal
    tags: fear  journey 
     
    Don't listen to what anybody says except the people who encourage you. If it's what you want to do and it's within yourself, then keep going and try to do it for the rest of your life.
    — Jake Gyllenhaal
    tags: people  encourage 
     
    To me Donnie Darko was about adolescence. And about how, as soon as you start to grow up and you sort of move out into the world, you realize everything is so trippy. That anything can be anything.
    — Jake Gyllenhaal
    tags: world 
     
    Really, contrary to popular belief, I like to have a good time and not take myself too seriously.
    — Jake Gyllenhaal
    tags: belief  time 
     
    I love artists. I love watching other people work.
    — Jake Gyllenhaal
    tags: people  work  artist 
     
    When I was young, before school, my father would wake me up and we would go running together. A love of being physical, being active and being outside was something he instilled in me.
    — Jake Gyllenhaal
    tags: young  running  school  father 
     
    I have a profound respect for cinematographers. That is my secret sauce. Like they are everything to me.
    — Jake Gyllenhaal
    tags: secret  respect 
     
    I want, overall, to trust what I know is right. There have been many times when I haven't.
    — Jake Gyllenhaal
    tags: time  trust  right 
     
    I get off on the interaction with people, and I love the chess of a movie and particularly - not only in preproduction or in production or postproduction - the behavioral chess. That is, learning and being humbled by and also teaching certain people certain things. I love that. As a producer, you have an opportunity to see the whole and bring people together.
    — Jake Gyllenhaal
    I hope I'm a spiritual person. I'm trying to be a spiritual person.
    — Jake Gyllenhaal
    tags: people  spiritual  hope 
     
    I don't want to be lofty when I say this, but I don't know what a success is any more. I know how we define it, but that was a moment where I went, "Wait, who am I?" You could feel the business, in particular, kind of go "He's all right, let's go over here." I started to go, "Wait, I know why I love to do this." I think I got off track in why I love to do it.
    — Jake Gyllenhaal
    Ang Lee just allowed me to make what we would call mistakes and had no judgment of them. He also empowered me. You know, he's like, "You're my actor. I chose you. Whatever you do is right." Right? "I made the decision, I'm complicit in choosing you. And I went through everything I could to choose you, so I feel good and whatever you're going to do I'm going to give you this space." And so it was very empowering.
    — Jake Gyllenhaal
    tags: mistakes  decision 
     
    I think I'm generally - fear, fear is very still, so in terms of that kind of fear - there's so many different kinds of fear, but fear is something, particularly in movies, that's interesting, because it's created by the film maker, that was created by [David] Fincher, that's why he's brilliant.
    — Jake Gyllenhaal
    tags: fear  movie  film 
     
    Crazy people don't sit around wondering if they're nuts.
    — Jake Gyllenhaal
    tags: people  crazy 
     
    As an actor, I feel like I'm somebody who, when somebody gives me a mark, I don't want to hit it. I don't like that. But then, without even knowing it, I just hit it.
    — Jake Gyllenhaal
    tags: knowing 
     
    I have an overactive brain, and as a result of that, I can really get in my own mind. So I like to try and exercise it to the point of exhaustion.
    — Jake Gyllenhaal
    tags: brain  mind  exercise 
     
    I'm more Baskin-Robbins style myself.
    — Jake Gyllenhaal
    I'm superstitious a little bit.
    — Jake Gyllenhaal
    We were talking about the kissing in the movie just recently. Clearly, it's pretty challenging material, but Ang said two men herding sheep was far more sexual than two men having sex on screen.
    — Jake Gyllenhaal
    tags: men  movie  sex  sexual  kissing 
     
    In work, never have any regrets and always leave everything on the field.
    — Jake Gyllenhaal
    tags: work  regret 
     
    I'm always nervous about it. You know, somehow, without even knowing it, I try and recreate the idea of what it feels like to go in front of an audience every night when I'm making a film. And that similar type of pressure and excitement before a scene, or preparing for a movie, so...
    — Jake Gyllenhaal
    tags: night  knowing  movie  film  ideas 
     
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