“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.