Jake Gyllenhaal wants to keep his personal life to himself.
The 36-year-old actor and Taylor Swift split in 2011 after a short-lived romance, but that is a topic Gyllenhaal wanted to avoid while promoting his new sci-fi flick “Life”. “I’m not necessarily guarded, but I consider intimacy to be very important and I don’t think everybody needs to know about my family or my personal details,” he told The Guardian. “I’m old-school in that way.”
But that was not the end of it. The interviewer then asked Gyllenhaal why he would date the “Shake It Off” singer, who is “renowned for using past relationships as source material in her songs.” The popular actor showed respect and restraint in his response, “I think when you’re in a relationship, you are constantly scrutinized, your friends are scrutinized, but… [shrug].”
Things got even more uncomfortable when the interviewer asked Gyllenhaal if he had heard any of the songs that Swift is rumoured to have written about him, such as “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” “All Too Well,” and “The Last Time”.
That question was the last straw for the Academy Award-nominee. “I would love to not talk about my personal life,” Jake answered. “I would love to talk about the movie.”
Gyllenhaal’s new movie “Life”, which also stars Canadian Ryan Reynolds and Sweden’s Rebecca Ferguson, premiered at SXSW on March 18 and flies into theatres everywhere on March 24.