Jake Gyllenhaal covers the July 2015 issue of Esquire UK.
Promoting his latest film Southpaw, actor Jake Gyllenhaal connects with Esquire UK, covering the magazine’s July 2015 issue. Posing for a beach photo shoot, Gyllenhaal is photographed by Eric Ray Davidson. Discussing changing priorities in his career over the last couple of years, Gyllenhaal talks about the transition from movies such as The Day After Tomorrow and Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time to more challenging roles like Southpaw.
The 34 year-old actor confesses, “I woke up one day and I wasn’t in the right room. It was like a David Byrne song: ‘That’s not my beautiful house. That’s not my beautiful wife.’” Following that ephiphany, Gyllenhaal relocated from Los Angeles to New York, pursued Broadway and made movies such as End of Watch, when in his experience, “redefined for me how I wanted to make movies.”
In his new project Southpaw, Gyllenhaal plays Billy Hope, who he describes as “a guy that couldn’t deal with his own shame. The director Ed Zwick [Love & Other Drugs (2010)] told me this wonderful thing: ‘Everything you learn is through shame.’ It’s so true. There’s those moments where you face humiliation, they’re so freeing if you can get through them.” Read more at Esquire.co.uk.