Listen up, ladies: Jake Gyllenhaal wants to be a dad. Like, yesterday. In a recent interview with People (opens in new tab), Jake Gyllenhaal opens up about fatherhood and wanting to start a family of his own—attributing one of his desires for children as an expansion of his adulthood.
"I want to continue becoming more of an adult than I already am," he says of his future. "Hopefully with a family of my own."
He also says his desire stems from watching his sister's relationship with her kids.
"My sister has raised two beautiful daughters. They are the most amazing girls," he says. "It's fun to send them home with a lot of candy, because it was almost like, 'Enjoy it, Mags!' A little payback for being the sister who made me perform weird shows at our parents' dinner parties."
But this isn't the first time Gyllenhaal has hinted—or flat-out said—he wants to be a father. In 2015, when talking about his role as a father in Southpaw, he told People (opens in new tab) that he would "love for it not to be fictional." In the same press tour he told the Inquirer (opens in new tab), "Nothing gets me more excited than thinking about being able to have a family and to be a father and husband. There is no other purpose I can see in the world than that." Aw, Jake.
The actor is currently on a press tour for his upcoming movie Stronger and was asked about his relationship with Taylor Swift (opens in new tab) (whom he never speaks about). Maybe the conversation sparked some nostalgia? Only time will tell if Gyllenhaal gets to finally reach peak adulthood.
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