Due to Hurricane Sandy, Monday's New Eyes for the Needy dinner to honor Jake Gyllenhaal had to be postponed. But in October, 2006, Americans for the Arts gave Jake an award for Artistic Excellence. In the video produced for the event, Jarhead director Sam Mendes and actor (and brother-in-law) Peter Sarsgaard talk about Jake.
They have some great things to say about Jake, as an artist and a person:
He comes from a family of artists but he's definitely a standout
When he gets right to the edge, he's willing to jump in
An individual at all costs
He will not do the obvious roles
Under the guise of a handsome leading man
Individual, quirky, artist
He's completely an original
He's a very dear person, very good man
The best is yet to come
Jake's career probably hasn't gone the way many thought it would. But this year has certainly brought several career hallmarks and highlights. (Berlinale, Time To Dance, If There Is, End of Watch). So here's to the future!
Here's an interview with Jake from that night.
Part of that "best" would have to be Jake's performance on the New York stage in If There Is I Haven't Found It Yet. Jake and Brían F. O'Byrne were interviewed by NY1 about their experience so far.
(Photo of Enid Graham in the role previously played by Michelle Gomez.)
NY1 talks a bit about the play at the beginning of this clip and then gives a rave review to Jake at the end.