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Jake Gyllenhaal Talks About Being an Active Person

Jake Gyllenhaal Is a Physical Person

We've seen the way that Taylor Lautner bulked up for Twilight, and Gwyneth Paltrow put on 10 pounds of lean muscle for Iron Man 2, so it's no surprise that Jakey G. pumped up to play Prince Dastan in Prince of Persia.

The actor told People magazine, "It was so hard. Being an actor is so hard. Being in shape is so hard, too, and being paid to get into shape is even harder — and you can quote me on all of those."

But Jake doesn't get in shape just for work. He says when it comes to physical training, "I like the focus. I'm somebody who likes to kind of keep moving. When you're shooting a movie, the downtime is always the hardest thing, and when you get to be physical in between takes it's actually a good thing, I think, for any actor." Jake was inspired to stay active by Dustin Hoffman when filming together years ago. The renowned actor even gave Jake a walker to use a fitness accessory for triceps dips. Cute, no?

When not on set, Jake still likes to keep up his physique. He says. "You focus on it like an athlete would and it's kind of off-season, but I'm very much a physical and active person. So I like to maintain as much as I can."

Tell me, would you like staying in shape to be part of your job description, or would you stay lean and active no matter what?

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Spectra Spectra 5 years
I WISH I got paid to work out and stay in shape. I do it for my own benefit, but if it were part of my job description, I'd definitely embrace it.
Vsugar Vsugar 5 years
I am a professional performer, and because of the nature of the roles that I play, I am required to be in good shape, and I LOVE that part of my job. I don't get paid to do it - no one is hiring me a nutritionist or personal trainer or private chef - but getting gigs and therefore paychecks is somewhat contingent on staying in shape, and looking good. I think the reason that I like that so much is because while I hate the "idea" of being so self-focused and vain about the way I look, and would never want other people to think of me that way, if I'm really honest with myself (and all of YOU), I'm REALLY VAIN!!!! HAHHAHAHAHHA!! I feel really insecure and bad about myself if I don't look good, and having a nice excuse of it being "for my job" really takes the pressure off of feeling like people are judging me for putting so much emphasis on my looks. "I have to go for a run - it's for my job!!" "I can't eat dessert - I have to stay thin for my JOB." "Oh yes, I'm getting a laser treatment on my skin - it's {sigh} for my JOB." LOVE. MY. LIFE.
llendril llendril 5 years
I think getting in shape ONLY for a movie might come along with a lack of motivation. Sure, you're getting paid, but working out is still tough. If you don't have the drive, money will get you to do it, but it will just make something that's difficult to begin with seem much more like WORK.
runningesq runningesq 5 years
That's what I thought when I read it, Anon. It's not "so hard" to stay in shape when it's your job, when you are PAID to do it, and when you have at your disposal trainers, registered dieticians, etc. I think it's more impressive when people who have jobs, families, other responsibilities, etc. find time to stay in shape. I don't see how being paid to be in shape is "so hard" ... how is that harder than NOT being paid?!
runningesq runningesq 5 years
That's what I thought when I read it, Anon.It's not "so hard" to stay in shape when it's your job, when you are PAID to do it, and when you have at your disposal trainers, registered dieticians, etc.I think it's more impressive when people who have jobs, families, other responsibilities, etc. find time to stay in shape.I don't see how being paid to be in shape is "so hard" ... how is that harder than NOT being paid?!
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