Jake Gyllenhaal said that filming intimate love scenes with Jennifer Aniston was not easy because of his real-life crush on the 53-year-old Friends star.
The 42-year-old actor opened up about filming the sex scenes as they starred opposite one another as lovers in the 2002 film The Good Girl. The plot follows two lovers who embark on an affair after they are each bored with their dead-end jobs and working environment.
Speaking in an interview on The Howard Stern Show, Gyllenhaal was asked by the host if it was ‘torture’ to film love scenes with somebody he fancied in real life.
He jokingly responded to Howard’s question by saying, ‘It was torture, yes it was, but it was also not torture. I mean, come on. It was like a mix of both.’
But he said that such is the ‘mechanical nature’ of love scenes he thankfully managed to keep his true feelings towards Jennifer well-hidden.
‘Weirdly, love scenes are awkward because there are maybe 30, 50 people watching,’ he said.
He explained that filming intimate scenes is ‘a dance, like, you choreograph it for a camera.’
Jake said that Jennifer suggested they use a well placed pillow between them to help them feel more comfortable while shooting in a horizontal position.
He recalled that it ‘was actually a Jennifer suggestion; she was very kind to suggest it before we began.’ Jake said Jennifer was like, ‘I’m putting a pillow here.’
Jake also discussed the possibility of becoming a dad if there was a possibility of a future wedding between himself and his girlfriend, Jeanne Cadieu.
Jake has been in a long-term romance with the 26-year-old model who originally hails from Paris.
Despite their usual low profile, the couple have attended a handful of high-profile public events together this year, including the Vanity Fair Oscar Party.