Jake Gyllenhaal Hilariously Recalls "Awkward" Love Scenes


| LAST UPDATE 10/06/2021

By Kayla Black
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While viewers in the audience might get a kick out of it, love scenes in films aren't nearly as fun for the actors. Don't believe us? Just take a look at what Jake Gyllenhaal had to say during his hilarious interview with Howard Stern.

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In a recent video call interview, Jake broke it all down for the listeners of The Howard Stern Show. According to Gyllenhaal, things got particularly awkward while filming The Good Girl with Hollywood legend Jennifer Anniston. And while the host Howard Stern could imagine that any old romantic scene would be challenging to film, having Jen as a co-star added another degree of "torture." And clearly, Jake agreed. "Oh, yeah. It was torture. Yes, yes it was," the Breaking News in Yuba County star confirmed while trying to hide his laughter.

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"Weirdly, love scenes are awkward because there are maybe 30, 50 people watching it," Gyllenhaal explained of a typical Hollywood set. "That doesn't turn me on, so most of the time, it's oddly mechanical." And while the final product of the multiple takes may result in a heart-melting scene, the truth of the matter is that for Jake, it felt the complete opposite. "It's a dance - you're choreographed for a camera," the 40-year-old star explained. But despite the robotics, Jake still had to juggle acting professionally while managing the huge "crush" he had on his co-star, Jennifer. Luckily, the experienced actress had the perfect trick to help get the job done.

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"I do remember a pillow... the pillow technique was used," Gyllenhaal recalled to his entertained interviewer. "That was just preemptive and generally always used when actually in a horizontal place in that movie." Howard couldn't help but dig a little deeper into who brought the pillow technique to the set. "Who taught you that?" the host asked Jake. "I think that was actually Jennifer's suggestion," The Devil All the Time producer admitted. "I think she was actually very kind to suggest it before we began."

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Well, thank goodness for pillows and thank goodness for hilarious celebrity interviews. Stay tuned for more funny chats with Hollywood's biggest names.