Gyllenhaal shocked by success

Jake Gyllenhaal

Jake Gyllenhaal sees his career as a “mystery”.

The actor is one of Hollywood’s biggest heartthrobs and has won fans all over the world with movies such as Donnie Darko and Brokeback Mountain.

While he might seem like a seasoned film star, the 32-year-old marvels at his success.

“It is a mystery in a way. I’ve had this privilege of being able to act since I was very young. I had this long career. I’m at the age where I think most of my contemporaries are beginning their career,” he mused to MTV.

“I think of it in the same way. I think of it as a beginning too, understanding who you are as a man, understanding who you are as an artist or whatever you do in your life.”

Jake goes with his gut when picking roles and feels much more comfortable with himself as time passes.

A big part about growing up was facing up to his fears.

“At a certain time in your life you start to say, ‘Yeah, that moves me. I’m into that.’ You trust your instinct,” he explained.

“I think all of those instincts become honed. There are a lot of things I’m not afraid of anymore. There are a lot of things that I continue to be [afraid of] and I’m trying to look at.”

Jake’s latest venture is crime drama Prisoners, about a man who takes the law into his own hands when his daughter and her friend go missing.

It also stars Hugh Jackman and Viola Davis and hits cinemas from today.

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