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Jake Gyllenhaal speaks candidly about friend Heath Ledger and how the star's tragic death changed him

Published 16/09/2015 | 18:13

Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal in 'Brokeback Mountain'
Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal in 'Brokeback Mountain'

Actor Jake Gyllenhaal revealed that his outlook on life and love was irrevocably changed by the death of his friend and co-star Heath Ledger.

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The 35-year-old star was speaking from Venice, a city which he was visiting for the first time in a decade.

Jake Gyllenhaal is godfather to Ledger’s daughter
Jake Gyllenhaal is godfather to Ledger’s daughter

The last time the actor was in the picturesque Italian city was in 2005, when he went with Ledger to promote their blockbuster movie Brokeback Mountain.

Admitting he felt "deeply sad" about returning to the city, Jake told the Daily Mirror how his friend's accidental death in 2008 changed everything.

“I miss him very badly. Not having Heath around is very sad because I miss his expression and miss the conversations that we had over the years," he said.

"Knowing that life is fragile makes you want to appreciate meaningful things and stop wasting time on things that are trivial and superficial. It made me want to be more present in everyday life and be as much in the moment as I can be.”

Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal in Brokeback Mountain
Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal in Brokeback Mountain

"It's made me see life as being much more precious than I was ever consciously aware of before and that has made a big difference with me."

Jake, who previously dated Taylor Swift and Kirsten Dunst, has been linked to actress and Southpaw co-star Rachel McAdams as of late.

"I try to make my relationships with people as serious and real as I possibly can because those are the moments that truly inform your life and your being."

“I look at my sister and see how happy she is now and enjoying her family and I would like to have the same thing one day in my life,” he told the outlet, speaking of his famous sibling Maggie.

Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal in
Brokeback Mountain
Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal in Brokeback Mountain

“It’s hard to find the right person and also to be ready to have a serious relationship when you do meet someone you know you would like to spend a lot of time with and get to know more deeply.

“Nothing gets me more excited than thinking about being a husband and a father one day. There is no purpose I can see more important than that. I’m so close with my two nieces. I’d do anything for them. I’d give my life for them.”

Actors Jake Gyllenhaal and Maggie Gyllenhaal arrive at the 72nd Golden Globe Awards. Reuters/Mario Anzuoni
Actors Jake Gyllenhaal and Maggie Gyllenhaal arrive at the 72nd Golden Globe Awards. Reuters/Mario Anzuoni

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