While perusing my copy of the latest OK Magazine (the things I do for this blog!), I saw this comment from Terry Seymour, Extra TV correspondent, paramour of Simon Cowell and generally annoying "personality:"
OK: Speaking of stars, who has made a lasting impression?
TS: Jake Gyllenhaal! He was hysterical. He has the most amazing eyes and eyelashes.
This Rendition red carpet interview made it clear that she was smitten by Jake. It's good that what Ms. Seymour lacks in brains she makes up for in taste.
Well, except for that whole Simon Cowell thing.
The quote made me think of all the wonderful things we've heard about Jake over the years - from directors, fellow actors and from journalists. We've compiled an assortment, but feel free to add some of your own.
Big sister gave a little insight into the sibling relationship:
"As you get older you start to look at things that are 'broken' about your parents. "Everybody's parents have those things - it's nice to have someone else to ask, 'Am I crazy?' "Or, 'Was this crazy?' Jake is very good at figuring that stuff out!"
Maggie is usually very guarded about Jake and this was from Contact Music, so who knows if it's true? But it's an odd thing to make up. And I like the idea that Jake is good at analyzing things.
The editor-in-chief for GQ paid Jake a real compliment:
Part of your job entails working with celebrities - any interesting encounters?
Nobody is more down-to-earth and genuinely cool than Jake Gyllenhaal. I just like him a lot personally. I feel that he has not been affected much by stardom.
The best thing about that answer is that he wasn't asked to name someone nice or down-to-earth. He was asked to name something out of the ordinary, and he thought of Jake. And who wouldn't?
I've read a lot of quotes from Kirsten about Jake. It's funny to see how open they both were about their relationship. And sort of sad that I don't think we'll ever see the same kind of candor, from Reese or Jake or anyone else Jake might someday love. But first love is special, and according to Kirsten, Jake was, too:
It does. Jake is a very intelligent and cool guy who makes it very easy to be in love and be happy. It's so hard sometimes to find what you're looking for in a relationship because you yourself don't always know what you want or need until you find it. So I kind of feel that way about him.
One last acknowledgment of Jake's good manners. From the JakeWatch archives, journalist Liane Bonin describes Jake as a polite, thoughtful, tall young man whom she met early in his career. When she encountered him again, she wondered if he'd have gone Hollywood:
He could have developed a swagger in his step, that bored cool guy attitude. But he was, amazingly, still the normal guy with the slightly embarrassed smile. He was a little older, his face a little leaner, but there was still that endearing, boyish quality to him.
He still said please and thank you. He still furrowed his brows when he listened, leaning in, giving his full attention. He was still the same old Jake. And that was a very good thing.
I could go on, but I'll save some for another post. Let's end with Reese's short but sweet and complete summary of Jake, from her appearance on Ellen:
Why say in a hundred words what you can say in two?
Finally, how about a different kind of impression? No, nothing bad. It's a hilarious clip of two Jarhead extras, Jocko Sims and Jamie Martz, taking the piss out of Jake, Jamie Foxx and Sam Mendes.
Please share your favorite Jake impressions!
(Pics courtesy of IHJ.)