PROVING YOURE NEVER TOO CUTE TO BE WEIRD
By DIANE BARONI
Executive Editor, Moviecrazed
I talked to Jake Gyllenhaal for Interview Magazine in 2001, I was
impressed by how endearingly unaffected he was. Even then, he had
that certain whatever-it-is that spells stardom. --D.B.
its the eyesbrooding and intense. Maybe its the
lanky, nervous body. Or maybe its the genes (his dad is a
director, his moms a screenwriter, and his sister Maggie is
one of the hottest young actresses around). Whatever it is, its
This month, Jake Gyllenhaal, best known for his role as the sensitive
son in 1999s "October Sky," breaks out with his
first lead, playing the title character in the offbeat comedy "Bubble
Boy." Upcoming is a starring turn in the quirky sci-fi thriller
"Donnie Darko," a performance that dazzled this years
Sundance audiences, even if the film itself did not. And still looking
for distribution is the independent "The Good Girl," in
which Gyllenhaal plays Jennifer Anistons delusional lover.
A self-professed "odd, wacky, weird kid" growing up, Gyllenhaal,
20, is playing the same kinds of characters. And thats fine
by him: "There should be more movies that say, So youre
going through some abnormal shit? Hey, its just a part of
growing up. Feeling like an oddball is OK."