Jake Gyllenhaal opens up about his desire to be a father: 'It is definitely a dream of mine'

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Jake Gyllenhaal: Being a Father Is 'A Dream of Mine'

In the upcoming boxing drama Southpaw, Jake Gyllenhaal plays star fighter Billy Hope who, after a tragic downfall, fights to redeem himself in the eyes of the world and his especially his daughter.

While Gyllenhaal himself doesn't have any children, the 34-year-old Oscar-nominated star says that he hopes to be a father one day.

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Speaking with ET's Kevin Frazier, Gyllenhaal opened up about the paternal instinct that informed his Southpaw character, explaining, "I am not a father yet, but it is definitely a dream of mine, should I be lucky to have that to happen."

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NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 25: Actor Jake Gyllenhaal is seen on November 25, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by SBN/Star Max/GC Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 08: Actor Jake Gyllenhaal arrives at the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences' Governors Awards at The Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center on November 8, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 08: Actor Jake Gyllenhaal attends day one of Variety Studio: Actors On Actors presented by Samsung Galaxy on November 8, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images for Variety)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 03: Jake Gyllenhaal attends AOL's BUILD Speaker Series: Jake Gyllenhaal Discusses His New Film 'Nightcrawler' at AOL Studios In New York on November 3, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Steve Mack/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 29: Jake Gyllenhaal is seen filming 'Demolition' in Hudson River Park on October 29, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Alessio Botticelli/GC Images)
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NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 27: Actor Jake Gyllenhaal attends the 'Nightcrawler' New York Premiere at AMC Lincoln Square Theater on October 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 05: [EDITOR'S NOTE: Image has been digitally processed] Jake Gyllenhaal and Maggie Gyllenhaal attend the 'Charles James: Beyond Fashion' Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 5, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)
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TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 06: Actor Jake Gyllenhaal (L) and director Jean-Marc Vallee attend the HFPA & InStyle's 2014 TIFF celebration at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival at Windsor Arms Hotel on September 6, 2014 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/WireImage)
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Gyllenhaal added that the actress who plays his young daughter in the film, Oona Laurence, made him even more excited about the idea of being a dad.

"I have nieces who I love deeply and I have children in my life I love deeply, but when I meet Oona for the first time, I just fell for her," Gyllenhaal shared. "Your heart opens up to her."

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The actor said that his young co-star actually helped him develop and guide his character and his performance.

"When I started acting with her too, she was the one who was guiding me. We improved a lot, and she would make choices, I would just follow her in an improv, and that's the dynamic," Gyllenhaal recounted.

Check out the video to hear more from the celebrated star about his super-talented co-star, and why he wants to be a dad.

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Gyllenhaal had to shed a lot of weight and put on tons of muscle for his explosive role in the gritty boxing drama. Check out the video to see how the star got in crazy shape for Southpaw.


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