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Jake Gyllenhaal Admits That He Sometimes Dresses Like the Characters He Plays

Jake Gyllenhaal gives photographers a smoulder while posing for photographs at a special screening for his latest film Stronger held at Aero Theatre on Wednesday (November 8) in Santa Monica, Calif.

The 38-year-old actor sat down for a Q&A session following a screening of the flick, which sees him playing Jeff Bauman, a survivor of the Boston Marathon bombing, who lost both of his legs and helped authorities identify the bombers.

Jake recently opened up about dressing like the characters he plays: “When I’m playing a character—which in my work takes months—sometimes I end up dressing like that character,” Jake told Esquire. “Like someone will give me my shoes for a character, and I’ll wear those so that when I’m on set or when I’m working or on stage, I know what it feels like. So I find my style is reflective oftentimes of some of the work that I’m doing, characters I’m playing.”

“And then when I’m not, it veers into sort of the uniform of searching. When I was in my 20s starting out, I was trying to figure out what I believed in, what I cared about, even. You know, searching,” Jake added. “I was very self-conscious at that time. I saw somebody doing this, so I tried to emulate it. Now, I don’t think about it as much. I think that’s an inevitable evolution from growing up. Though, my father always told me, “It’s very important to walk into a space and be respectful of the space you walk into.” How you present yourself—when you go to an event that is honoring somebody you respect or your community—I think it is a wonderful thing to wear a suit, wherever you can find it or however you can do it.”

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Jake Gyllenhaal On Sexual Assault Scandals: 'There Is A Huge Shift'

Jake Gyllenhaal has shared his thoughts on Hollywood speaking out about sexual harassment.

“I’m a hopeful person, but as Morgan Freeman’s character says in Shawshank Redemption, ‘hope can be a dangerous thing’,” the 36-year-old actor expressed while hitting the red carpet at the 2017 Hollywood Film Awards over the weekend (via Extra). “But I do think there is a huge shift.”

Pictured: Jake joining his co-star Tatiana Maslany at their SAG-AFTRA Foundation Conversations screening of Stronger held at the SAG-AFTRA Foundation Screening Room on Monday (November 6) in Los Angeles.

“To be here because of my portrayal of him is an extra honor,” Jake added. “He’s one of the best people I know. He is probably the bravest person I know.”

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Jake Gyllenhaal & Tatiana Maslany Hit the Red Carpet at Hollywood Film Awards 2017!

Jake Gyllenhaal and Tatiana Maslany are looking chic on the red carpet!

The 36-year-old and 32-year-old Stronger co-stars hit the red carpet at the 2017 Hollywood Film Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday (November 5) in Beverly Hills, Calif.

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Jake is being honored with the Hollywood Actor Award for his work in Stronger during the night’s ceremony.

The actor recently sat down at the Rome Film Fest to discuss his career to date, including his memorable roles in Donnie Darko and Brokeback Mountain.

FYI: Tatiana is wearing a DVF dress and Stuart Weitzman shoes.

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Jake Gyllenhaal Recalls Awkward 'Brokeback Mountain' Audition at Rome Film Fest

Jake Gyllenhaal gives a smirk while sitting down for his Meets The Audience panel held during the 2017 Rome Film Fest at Auditorium Parco Della Musica on Sunday (October 29) in Rome, Italy.

The 36-year-old actor promoted his film Stronger and discussed his career thus far during the discussion with Rome Film Festival director Antonio Monda.

On why Donnie Darko is such a cult film: “It’s ahead of its time, when I look at this movie now and what Richard Kelly did,” Jake said (via THR). “It takes a group of forward-thinking people to champion it.”

On his “awkward” Brokeback Mountain audition with director Ang Lee: “It was a very awkward meeting when I met him. I was brought into a room and he sat in a corner and he sort of nodded at me,” Jake recalled. “I sat there and we talked and then he asked me to leave. That was it. And about a month later I was told that I was playing the part.”

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Jake Gyllenhaal Joins Jeff Bauman at 'Stronger' Premiere in Rome!

Jake Gyllenhaal is all smiles while walking the red carpet at the Stronger premiere held during the 2017 Rome Film Fest on Saturday (October 28) at Auditorium Parco Della Musica in Rome, Italy.

The 36-year-old actor was joined at the event by Jeff Bauman, the man he plays in the movie.

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Jake gives an incredible performance in the film and if it’s still playing in a theater near you, we suggest you go see it!

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