Jake Gyllenhaal: Gay Rumors Were A “Huge Compliment” After “Brokeback Mountain”

033-copyIn a truly scrumtrulescent appearance on Inside the Actor’s Studio, Jake Gyllenhaal discusses meeting the late Heath Ledger and working with him on the seminal gay cowboy drama, Brokeback Mountain.

“Heath and I knew each other for years before that because we had both auditioned for Moulin Rouge together,” Gyllenhaal tells host James Lipton. “And I remember thinking, ‘I like this guy. He’s just like, super lovable.”

When the gay rumors started rolling in like tumbleweed across the plain, Gyllenhaal says he took it as a “huge compliment.” Losing Heath, however, was like “losing a family member” the 32-year-old actor said and he still misses Ledger “to this day.”

Jake Gyllenhaal’s episode of Inside the Actor’s Studio airs Thursday September 19 on Bravo.