Jake Gyllenhaal Says His “Best Form of Self-Care Is Intimacy” *and* Is Down to Have a Baby

Jake Gyllenhaal Says His “Best Form of Self-Care Is Intimacy” *and* Is Down to Have a Baby

Hands all over the world are going up as Jake Gyllenhaal confesses that his new play made him think about fatherhood more urgently.

By Tamara Palmer
Jake Gyllenhaal Intimacy

Jake Gyllenhaal's parents are ready for him to settle down and procreate, and it's something the actor is giving more thought to as he inhabits his latest role in a two-man Broadway play called Sea Wall/A Life.

"A lot of the roles I do are me asking myself questions, and I can’t separate—whether it be an advertisement or a movie—being honest from any of those things," he admitted to Vanity Fair. "And I love my nieces, I love sort of the idea of having my own child, so I wanted to explore that. I’m doing a show on Broadway that’s about being a son, being a father, and I think I’m at a place in my life where my parents are at a certain age and our positions start to change. My parents have made movies themselves, and my mom in particular was always asking questions about family and exploring that idea."

He's dialed in his ideal way to practice self-care, which is good practice for caring for others.

"I believe in sweat, in whatever form. For me, my best form of self-care is intimacy; that makes me sweat. And then I believe in the balance of rest and exercise. It’s really that simple for me. Because I have an older sister who is an actor—and because she has taught me since I was a kid and I’ve looked up to her—skin care is important. People can definitely get me for that, but you’d be laughing your way to wherever. I think caring for yourself is really important, particularly nowadays as men. Being vulnerable and admitting those vulnerabilities is very, very important."

We're sure when Gyllenhaal is ready to have that baby, he'll have his pick of potential mothers!

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