Education is Essential
“Education is so essential, because there’s no way of knowing what good material is, or knowing if a story is original, or knowing what makes a story original, or know how to interpret a story, or even to help…if you don’t have a solid education.”
“That doesn’t mean you have to go out and get it from a common institution. But, to educate yourself is the most important thing. Otherwise, you’ll be making blind choices that you’re not sure about.”
(Jake Gyllenhaal, in an interview with BAFTRA Guru)
Since his on-screen debut in the 1991 film, City Slickers, Jake Gyllenhaal has been lighting up the big screen with memorable and award-winning performances.
His early successes included Donnie Darko, the titular role about a troubled teen. He followed that up with roles in films like The Good Girl (2002), Highway (2002) and Day After Tomorrow (2004).
(Jake Gyllenhaal in Brokeback Mountain)Gyllenhaal’s most critically-acclaimed role to date came in 2005, when he portrayed Jack Twist in Brokeback Mountain. His performance landed him an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.
Other noteworthy roles by Gyllenhaal include performances in films like Zodiac (2007), Source Code (2011), Nightcrawler (2014) and Southpaw (2015).