Jake on stage now and then
The NY Daily News interviewed Jake and the rest of the cast of If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet, plus we finally get to see how Jake looks like as Terry.
An excerpt from the interview:
Daily News: Jake, what drew you to this play to make your American stage debut?
Jake Gyllenhaal: I read it a few years ago and fell in love with Nick’s dialogue. I think any story about a family is fascinating, too, because it’s filled with complications both universal and specific. There’s never-ending inspiration in that. If you’re going to do a show eight times a week, you need to have stuff to draw on every night.
DN: Jake, you’re an uncle to your sister Maggie’s two young kids. Has that informed your work here?
Gyllenhaal: Of course. I think real life is bound to affect any sort of artistic process. I have two beautiful nieces and they’re both an inspiration to me. One of the things that I love about this play is that it’s about a relationship that I understand.
DN: And hopefully you’re less inappropriate than Terry, who has a knack for poor decisions.
Gyllenhaal: I don’t have a similar experience to the one that we have in this play, but being an uncle is something I draw up on every day and night. The family is a microcosm for political themes that are involved in this play — the environment and the issues going on of how we treat the world.
DN: I’ve heard that water plays a significant role in the Roundabout production — and that there’s 3,750 gallons of it. There’s even a “splash zone.” Without spoiling things, what’s up with that?
Gyllenhaal: When Michael pitched to us what he was going to do with water in this show, Brian’s face changed — his eyes got wider than I’d ever seen before. He may have wanted to walk out at that moment. [O’Byrne nods, and laughs.] The water is a beautiful metaphor. I really think that Nick and Mike are a new wave of British talent and this production a perfect example of how to work together. This production is very different from the one in London a couple years ago.
A never seen before photo (courtesy of tumblr) with the rest of the cast of This Is Our Youth, his first play back in 2002)