Jake Gyllenhaal Fan

People Magazine: With only two months to go until he turns 30, Jake Gyllenhaal has mixed emotions about the milestone.

“Look guys, I’m not 30 yet!” Gyllenhaal cracked at Saturday’s New Yorker Festival in Manhattan. “Can you cut it with the 30 comments?”

Deflecting – humorously – any questions about leaving his 20s behind, the Love and Other Drugs star may feel wistful, but he also says he is comfortable with the person he has become.

“I feel more like myself. I feel like now, it’s just the beginning,” he says. “I guess you get to a point at 30 or somewhere and you say, ‘What I am, is what I am and that’s what I’m going to be and that’s all good. I don’t need to be anything else.’ And that’s kind of how I feel.”

One major influence is big sister Maggie Gyllenhaal, 32, who initially sparked Jake’s love of acting. Growing up, the two did a lot of performing when their parents held dinner parties.

“Some of my earliest memories are of my sister coming back from doing a rehearsal for some musical during elementary school,” he says. “I would watch her, and I realized that she got attention that way. I joined her and we would put on shows together and she would always boss me around.”

Typically, Maggie would pull the big-sister card. Recalls Jake, “She would put on a stage performance of Cats, and I would be a lone, poor cat sitting in the corner while my sister performed. I never got to be the star. I did everything wrong according to her.”

Now that both are Oscar-nominated headliners, what would it take for them team on the big screen again, as they did in 2001’s Donnie Darko?

“I love her a lot,” Jake tells PEOPLE, but “we don’t go around looking for something to work on together. I would rather spend time with my niece, [Maggie’s daughter Ramona, 4] and spend time as brother and sister.”

Not that the door is completely closed. “It would take something that I love so much … that I would need her to be a part of, and vice versa,” he says.


2 Comments on “Jake Gyllenhaal Dreads Turning 30 – Sort Of

  1. Paul

    Yet another box office dude for poor Jake. How many does that make now? Maybe he should team up with Jennifer Aniston. Both seem to have a long string of box office poison in opening a film. The last good film Jake did was in 2006, Brokeback mountain. That was a supporting role and ever since then he has starred in at least 6 film that flopped, badly.

  2. Tina Assar

    Happy Birthday Mr Gyllenhaal.I’m Tina and I’m 12 years old.I’m a Persian girl and I live in Germany.I love Prince of Persia.I liked your role very.You played very well.I’m your biggest fan.My dream is a picture of yourself with your signature.How can I get it from you?I wish you a happy new year.

    Tina Assar

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