Jake Gyllenhaal may look a bit menacing as a scarred-up boxer in his new film Southpaw, but behind that beefed up exterior is the same softie we’ve been quietly (or not so quietly) man-crushing on for over a decade.
And speaking of a decade, it’s been ten years — can you believe it?! — since the release of Ang Lee’s Brokeback Mountain.
Speaking to BET recently, Gyllenhaal was asked if he thought the landscape has changed for actors playing gay since then:
“Oh definitely it’s changed. I think playing a role and living a life are two very different things. I think telling stories, and all different stories, is what makes acting so great. It’s why I was really proud of Brokeback Mountain and everything it had to say. And it was an interesting journey to go on to learn about that world.”
And how does Jake feel about the recent national movement on marriage equality?
“When I heard about the news I thought, wow, how far we’ve come in a decade. And how far we have to go in so many things. But I think hopefully something like that in terms of—the resistance of society and seeing that it’s possible to change was such an amazing thing. I remember thinking, my mom sent me the decision.
“And how it was written, I thought it was so beautiful. And she said it’s all about love. My brother said to me a few weeks ago, all we leave behind is the wake of our live, that’s all we have. And to know that that wins out sometimes is an inspiration to me.”