Jake Gyllenhaal claims that having a crush on Jennifer Aniston makes their love-making scenes so difficult for him.
Jacob Benjamin Gyllenhaal, 40, is an American actor. Born into the Gyllenhaal family, he is the son of director Stephen Gyllenhaal and screenwriter Naomi Foner.
Jennifer Joanna Aniston, 52, is an American actress, producer, and businesswoman. The daughter of actors John Aniston and Nancy Dow, she began working as an actress at an early age.
Jake opened up about his former screen partner during an appearance on “The Howard Stern Show” and admitted that it was tough to film love scenes with Jennifer while working on the 2002 movie The Good Girl due to his infatuation.
“(Filming the sex scenes) was torture, yes it was, but it was also not torture,” the actor said. “I mean, come on, it was like a mix of both.”
Howard asked whether he warned his co-star in advance that a “protrusion” could occur.
“Weirdly, love scenes are awkward, because there are maybe 30, 50 people watching it?” Jake laughed before explaining. “ That doesn’t turn me on.”
“Most of the time, it’s oddly mechanical, right?” the actor explained. “And also, it’s a dance, you’re choreographing for a camera. You can get in it, but it’s like a fight scene, you have to choreograph those scenes.”
In the comedy-drama movie, Jake’s character Thomas “Holden” Worther embarks on an affair with married shop worker Justine Last, played by Jennifer Aniston.
Jennifer played a depressed retail employee who begins an affair with a co-worker (Jake) behind her husband’s back.
However, Jennifer prevented any awkward incidents while filming the steamy scenes by using “the pillow technique”.
“I do remember a pillow,” Jake said. “Yeah, the pillow technique was used.”
“That was just preemptive, and used — generally, always — when actually in a horizontal place in that movie,” he explained. “Everything else is whatever it was. I remember those two characters did a lot of making out on like, boxes in the back room.”
“I think that was actually a Jennifer suggestion,” he said. “I think she was actually very kind to suggest it before we began… She was like, “I’m putting a pillow here.” That was it, that was all she said.”
In an interview with People magazine, Jake previously fessed up to his crush on Jennifer in 2016.
“She’s a rough one, you know, not likable,” he said. “So hard to compliment.”
“I will say, I had a crush on her for years,” Jake said. “And working with her was not easy … I was – um, yeah. That’s all I’m going to say. It was lovely. It wasn’t hard, that’s what I would say.”
The actor was also asked if he thinks he could be a successful husband and father amid managing his thriving career.
“That’s all I want – is to be a good husband and a father … that really is what I want,” he said.
“Now that I have fulfilled a lot of things in my career that I feel comfortable with, I can safely say that,” he added. “I don’t know if I could have said that before.”
Jakes’s latest film, an English-language remake of the 2018 Danish thriller The Guilty, can be watched on Netflix now.
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