Jake Gyllenhaal Says Being Called Gay Is a Compliment

Celebrity News Sep. 16, 2013 AT 2:10PM
Jake Gyllenhaal Jake Gyllenhaal says being called gay is a compliment Credit: Mark Davis/Getty Images

Is Jake Gyllenhaal gay?

The actor tells James Lipton on his upcoming episode of "Inside the Actors Studio" that having this question asked is "a huge compliment" for him. It's just one of many revelations the "Prisoners" actor makes during the episode, airing Thursday, September 19 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Bravo.

The Academy Award nominee opens up about a variety of other topics during the interview such as being raised in a Hollywood family and working with starlets like Anne Hathaway. Of course, Lipton leaves no stone unturned as he asks Gyllenhaal everything from the personal details of his Bar Mitzvah, to his improvisational talents, to his relationship with "Brokeback Mountain" co-star Heath Ledger.

"It felt like losing a family member, and it still does to this day," he says of Ledger.

As for his equally famous showbiz sister, Maggie Gyllenhaal, "My sister is probably the reason why I do this. [She's] somebody who I admire more than most anybody in the world, and she drives me f--king nuts sometimes…"

When it comes to his love life, Jake has been very publicly linked to Sports Illustrated model Alyssa Miller, with whom he was recently seen getting cozy with at the Toronto International Film Festival.

It's the third time this week that we've noticed a leading straight male actor taking a tremendously cool approach to having his sexuality questioned.

James Franco was in Toronto promoting his new film "Child of God" when a reporter from The Daily Beast asked him about the gay rumors. "I wish I was gay," he responded.

And on Thursday, Out magazine featured Joseph Gordon-Levitt on its cover to promote his upcoming movie, "Don Jon," in which he plays a porn addict who struggles to make his real-life relationships live up to his fantasy obsessions. The article leads off by recalling Gordon-Levitt's short movie "Pictures of A--Holes" from 10 years ago in which he refuses to refute comments that he is gay, which are thrown at him as insults by paparazzi. "That would be really tacky -- they would win if I had to clarify," he says in the documentary.

Maybe Gyllenhaal and Franco took their cues from Gordon-Levitt, who's been taking this question in stride for quite some time now!

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