JAKE GYL­LEN­HAAL

Albuquerque Journal - Parade - - Personality -

The Noc­tur­nal An­i­mals ac­tor, 36, is cov­er­ing a lot of ground. He’s cur­rently star­ring—and singing!—in his first Broad­way mu­si­cal, Sun­day in the Park With

Ge­orge, about painter Ge­orges Seu­rat. And he’s about to blast off as as­tro­naut David Jor­dan in Life, a sci-fi thriller about a crew that dis­cov­ers ex­trater­res­trial life on Mars. Life opens in the­aters March 24. What about Life and David Jor­dan cap­tured your in­ter­est? He had been de­feated by things on Earth and thought es­cap­ing into space was go­ing to solve some is­sues for him. [But] he’s in this small, zero-grav­ity space, float­ing around and not re­ally “liv­ing” un­til [the dis­cov­ery], and he’s forced to.

Do you be­lieve there’s life on other plan­ets? I’ve al­ways had a con­nec­tion to the idea that there is some­thing big­ger than all of us. I feel it is in­evitable that at some point we’ll find that there’s life on other plan­ets. What kind of life has yet to be dis­cov­ered, but I be­lieve it. How com­fort­able are you singing in your first Broad­way mu­si­cal? I am en­ter­ing—like as­tro­nauts do— a world that is not re­ally truly my own. But some­how it does feel like home to me. I do love it on­stage and I do love to sing. I’ve been singing my whole life. It’s just some­thing I’ve never shared. Now I am. What’s harder, get­ting into phys­i­cal shape, like you did for the box­ing movie South­paw, or get­ting the emo­tional as­pect of a role? You can lose weight or put on mus­cle. You can trans­form the phys­i­cal parts of your­self to look a cer­tain way. But I think, in­evitably, it’s what you feel from the heart that mat­ters more than any­thing.

Will he work again with his sister, ac­tress Mag­gie Gyl­len­haal? Go to Pa­rade.com/jake to find out.

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