logo
Getty Images
Getty Images

Jake Gyllenhaal Says Filming Love Scenes with His 'Crush' Jennifer Aniston 'Was Torture'

Rodolfo Vieira
Oct 08, 2021
03:50 A.M.
Share this pen
FacebookFacebookTwitterTwitterLinkedInLinkedInEmailEmail

Jake Gyllenhaal, one of the most talented and versatile actors in Hollywood, has recently opened up about his experience working with Jennifer Aniston.

Advertisement

During an interview with former "America's Got Talent" judge and radio icon, Howard Stern, Gyllenhaal revealed it was "torture" starring alongside the "Friends" alum in the 2002 flick, "The Good Girl."

According to the actor, filming with her was torture not because she was hard to work with or had a rough personality, but because he had a "crush" on her.

Jake Gyllenhaal and Jennifer Aniston at the18th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at Kodak Theater in Los Angeles, California | Photo: Jeff Vespa/WireImage via Getty Images

Jake Gyllenhaal and Jennifer Aniston at the18th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at Kodak Theater in Los Angeles, California | Photo: Jeff Vespa/WireImage via Getty Images

Advertisement

CAMERA SHY

Gyllenhaal told "The Howard Stern Show" host that the love scenes were especially awkward to film, but that those are usually like that because there are 40 to 50 people in the room.

He revealed it was her personality that attracted him.

Advertisement

The 40-year-old promptly said that shooting those scenes is not appealing to him and that the whole process is quite mechanical. He also compared it to dancing:

"It's oddly mechanical. 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."

Jennifer Aniston and Jake Gyllenhaal at the 18th Annual IFP Independent Spirit Awards in 2003 | Photo: J. Vespa/WireImage via Getty Images

Jennifer Aniston and Jake Gyllenhaal at the 18th Annual IFP Independent Spirit Awards in 2003 | Photo: J. Vespa/WireImage via Getty Images

Advertisement

THE MAGIC PILLOW

During the movie, Gyllenhaal and Aniston's characters get physically involved and the "Jarhead" actor recalled the technique they used to shoot those romantic scenes.

He told Stern that it was the 52-year-old actress' idea to use the famous pillow technique, which consists of putting a pillow between the actors during a love-making scene.

Advertisement

The pillow has been used for years in film-making and guarantees that both stars can perform in front of the camera without having too much physical intimacy. Gyllenhaal added:

“That was just pre-emptive and generally always used when actually in a horizontal place in that movie. [...] I think she was actually very kind to suggest it before we began."

Advertisement

CRUSHING HARD

Back in 2016, Gyllenhaal, who has starred in films such as "Brokeback Mountain" and "Spider-Man: Far From Home," claimed he had a crush on Aniston for several years.

While a lot of people have been charmed by the actress through her role in "Friends," he revealed it was her personality that attracted him, and pointed out that, in reality, he is not a fan of "Friends."

Advertisement
info
Please fill in your e-mail so we can share with you our top stories!
By subscribing, you agree to our Privacy Policy
Advertisement
Related posts

Sandra Bullock Had 'One Great Love in Life' Who She 'Chased like a Dog' & Prioritized over Herself

April 10, 2022

Anthony Hopkins Is Happily Married to 'Wonderful' Wife of 18 Years Who Loves Spending His Money

March 27, 2022

Is Natalie Portman Married? Inside the Love Life of the ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’ Star

May 09, 2022

Ron Howard Was Most Concerned about His Kids' Values — Inside His Decision to Protect Them

April 26, 2022

Liam Neeson ‘Never Did Know’ How Much Older Helen Mirren Was - It Was Difficult for Him to Be In Her Shadow

April 01, 2022

Marlo Thomas’ Spouse Was a Virgin before Marriage to Mom of His 5 Kids & a Lousy Lover Afterward

February 03, 2022

Keanu Reeves 'Had a Crush' on Sandra Bullock - They 'Could Have Survived' as a Couple

March 19, 2022

Inside Jennifer Aniston & Brad Pitt's Marriage — From Passion to 'No Oddness' after Their Split

March 11, 2022

Why Did Taylor Swift and Jake Gyllenhaal Break Up? All We Know About Their Split That Might Have Inspired 'All Too Well'

May 19, 2022

Oscar Isaac & Jessica Chastain Shared an Intimate Red Carpet Moment Although Both Are Married — Inside Their Close Relationship

April 04, 2022

The Equalizer' Queen Latifah Once Publicly Called Her Long-time Speculated Partner Eboni Nichols ‘My Love’

January 31, 2022

Doris Day 'Felt Married' to James Garner Although He Cracked Two of Her Ribs

April 04, 2022

Lauren Graham Tended to Avoid Handsome-Actor Types until She Fell in Love with Peter Krause

March 15, 2022

Diane Keaton Has Not Had a Date in 35 Years Yet Became a Mother of 2 in Her Fifties

March 18, 2022