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With Jake Gyl­len­haal.

Set to play Leonard Bernstein in an up­com­ing biopic of the vir­tu­oso mu­si­cian, the ac­tor-pro­ducer talks about col­lab­o­ra­tions, con­nec­tions and com­mu­ni­ca­tion.

ESQ:

As an ac­tor, you’re al­ways col­lab­o­rat­ing with dif­fer­ent peo­ple—other ac­tors, pro­duc­ers, direc­tors, etc. De­scribe the per­fect col­lab­o­ra­tion and tell us whether you’ve ever been lucky enough to have ex­pe­ri­enced it.

JAKE GYL­LEN­HAAL:

I don’t be­lieve in any­thing that is per­fect, but I’ve had amaz­ing col­lab­o­ra­tions with De­nis Vil­leneuve, Dan Gil­roy and with oth­ers through­out my ca­reer. I think the per­fect col­lab­o­ra­tion is re­spect­ing film­mak­ers and their vi­sion, try­ing to help ser­vice that vi­sion and, at the same time, do­ing your ab­so­lute best job at what you do specif­i­cally for them. And if you see some­thing that they may miss, point­ing it out and help­ing them tell the story in the best pos­si­ble way.

ESQ:

How do you es­tab­lish a con­nec­tion with your au­di­ence, both on-screen and off?

JAKE GYL­LEN­HAAL:

If you do your work in an au­then­tic way, the con­nec­tion is es­tab­lished. They’re go­ing to be able to come to some­thing know­ing that what you’re bring­ing is al­ways your ef­fort at be­ing hon­est ev­ery time. We’ve cre­ated spec­ta­cles based on ex­plo­sions, big char­ac­ters and CGI, but ul­ti­mately why we keep com­ing back and why films last is be­cause we’re all looking for hon­esty from artists. When I’ve seen it from artists, it changes my life. That con­nec­tion is al­ways there and I al­ways want to go back to see work by peo­ple who have done that. If you’re be­ing au­then­tic, you don’t have to worry about the con­nec­tion be­cause it hap­pens or­gan­i­cally.

ESQ:

If you could choose any­one (liv­ing or dead) to col­lab­o­rate with next, who would it be and why, and what project or pro­duc­tion do you have in mind?

JAKE GYL­LEN­HAAL:

I would love to col­lab­o­rate with Leonard Bernstein, if he were alive. He was one of the most pro­lific, ex­tra­or­di­nary Amer­i­can artists that ever lived. His per­son­al­ity and his tal­ent are unmatched. He was a full-hearted, coura­geous hu­man be­ing, some­one whose work I have ad­mired since I was young, and I would love to be able to sit down and speak with him.

ESQ:

Do you think so­cial me­dia is re­ally so­cial or so­cial enough?

JAKE GYL­LEN­HAAL: ESQ:

I wouldn’t know, I’m not on so­cial me­dia. Do you think peo­ple today are too vo­cal or not vo­cal enough?

JAKE GYL­LEN­HAAL:

Al­though I play char­ac­ters that may be ex­treme, I’m not one for an­swer­ing things in ex­tremes. It just de­pends on the sit­u­a­tion and what’s hap­pen­ing. Peo­ple who are ed­u­cated about a sub­ject, who have ex­pe­ri­ence and have forged years of an un­der­stand­ing about a par­tic­u­lar thing should be as vo­cal as they pos­si­bly can. We just need to bring back ex­per­tise and ra­tio­nal thought.

Jake Gyl­len­haal is the new face of lux­ury watchmaker Cartier's iconic San­tos de Cartier time­piece.

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