‘Southpaw”s Jake Gyllenhaal Displays Daddy Instincts

Jake Gyllenhaal just got a whole lot hotter.

In an interview with ET Canada“s Matte Babel, the 34-year-old star says he’s got a soft spot when it comes to kids.

“When I see a little kid on the street, my heart just opens up,”; he says. “My parents love my sister (Maggie Gyllenhaal) and I, so maybe that has something to do with it. I just can’t help it.”;

Jake plays a widowed father in his newest film, Southpaw, opening in theatres July 24. Broke and addicted to drugs, Gyllenhaal’s character — a professional boxer — decides the only way to redeem his life is to win a boxing match.

“I don’t know if there’s anyone who can’t relate to the idea of coming up and trying to prove yourself and struggling through it all, you know, like trying to convince people what you’re made of,”; says Jake.

To prepare for the role, Jake had a gruelling workout schedule that included 2,000 situps and three hours of boxing a day for six months. But it was all worth it once he stepped in front of the camera and into the boxing ring.

“There were times the crowd was quiet,”; Jake says about the thousands of extras used for the boxing scenes. “Then you would hear our assistant director yell, “Okay we’re rolling, let’s hear the crowd!’ and then the crowd comes up and you’re like, “Whoa.’ The sound of that crowd — they do half the acting for you.”;

For more with Jake, tune in to ET Canada tonight!

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