The inspiration behind Jake Gyllenhaal’s newest challenge got here from inside his family.
The actor, 42, advised ABC News that his debut youngsters’s e-book, The Secret Society of Aunts and Uncles, was based mostly on his personal expertise as an uncle to his sister Maggie Gyllenhaal’s two daughters, Ramona, 16, and Gloria, 11, whom she shares with husband Peter Sarsgaard.
“I like my nieces,” he advised the outlet in an interview printed on Wednesday, September 6. “They’re simply unimaginable people.”
Though he was excited to turn into “Uncle Jake” upon his eldest niece’s delivery, he additionally discovered himself questioning what his new function in life would entail. “I believe what I began to be taught was it actually meant no matter she wished it to imply, you recognize?” Jake defined. “That grew to become sort of what me being an uncle was and that it’s particular person to all of us. However I simply beloved the thought, additionally, that to write down a e-book a couple of relationship that there aren’t actually any books written about.”
The Covenant star went on to reward his older sister, 45, and his brother-in-law, 52, for elevating “actually nice women” earlier than sharing extra particulars about his relationship with Ramona and Gloria.
“For me, being there for them in no matter method I can, acknowledging the issues they’re going by way of, each good and dangerous,” he shared. “To know additionally that as they get older, I’ll be somebody they’ll come to in the event that they ever want any outdoors recommendation, even with their dad and mom, which you recognize is a extremely vital place for an uncle or an aunt to be for his or her niece or nephew, in order that they’ll develop and undergo their very own secret society of aunts and uncles and turn into nice aunts themselves at some point.”
Jake additionally mentioned his finest recommendation for first-time aunts and uncles is the know that “mother and pa are at all times going to be mother and pa.” He continued: “You’ll at all times be that outdoors supply that may, you recognize, encourage protected threat and pushing them to develop differently. And hopefully, you will be that. Good luck to you! It’s nice enjoyable and truly tremendous simple!”
The Secret Society of Aunts and Uncles hit cabinets on Tuesday, September 5, and follows the adventures of a younger boy named Leo and his Uncle Mo. Jake cowrote the e-book with Greta Caruso and it’s illustrated by Dan Santat.
Whereas Jake will not be a father himself, he has been romantically tied to a few of Hollywood’s greatest stars through the years, together with Kirsten Dunst, Natalie Portman, Reese Witherspoon, Taylor Swift and Minka Kelly.
Us Weekly confirmed in December 2018 that Jake was courting French mannequin Jeanne Cadieu. “Jeanne could be very mature for her age. She’s quirky, good and loves historical past, studying; she’s a extremely nice and well-rounded individual,” a supply advised Us on the time. “She and Jake actually took issues gradual, however at the moment are fairly critical.”
The couple made a uncommon public look collectively final month on the US Open in New York Metropolis. Jake sported a pink button-down shirt throughout the outing, whereas Cadieu, 27, donned a white tank high, a pair of denims and a black baseball cap. The 2 have been photographed smiling collectively and having fun with Novak Djokovic‘s match towards Casper Ruud.