Jake Gyllenhaal is not here for Taylor Swift questions


In 2010, famously private Jake Gyllenhaal and Taylor Swift dated. Nearly a decade later, he's shutting down questions about it in interviews—this time in The Guardian.

At the time, Gyllenhaal was nine years her senior—a minor scandal—but the relationship only lasted three months. It would have turned into one of the smoldering ember piles of forgotten celebrity relationships that dot the tabloid landscape if not for that maple-latte photo and "Red," the song Swift allegedly wrote about Gyllenhaal, which initiated him into a sort of club: a group of men that have inspired Swift songs.

Now, nearly seven years later, in the year of our Lord 2017, the actor has to contend with the unhappy reality of answering questions about his time with Swift. Call it club dues, made payable to interviewers.

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Current: Tom Hiddleston. This is the first known photo of the pair together, leaving Anna Wintour's New York City home separately (See T.Swift in the background?) the night before the Met Gala.

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Gyllenhaal has spoken about the relationship without giving too much away before (notably in 2015 on Howard Stern), but he's no longer abiding those questions. Writer Tim Jonze for the The Guardian found that out in an interview, which was ostensibly about the actor's new movie, Life. Here's the tensest part of the exchange, as it's rendered by Jonze:

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For someone so intensely private, wasn't it playing with fire a little to start dating [Taylor Swift]?

Asking this proves to be a mistake. "I think when you're in a relationship, you are constantly scrutinised, your friends are scrutinised, but ..."

He trails off and stares at me, ramping up the intensity of his eyes like he's done in so many roles.

But what? Gyllenhaal just continues to stare. Then he performs an exaggerated shrug.

So, er, did he listen to any of the many songs rumored to be about him? More silence.

The atmosphere has become uncomfortably tense. Would he like to move on? "I would love to not talk about my personal life."

I don't think this is, massively. "Oh, really? You don't?" he asks.

Are you s-h-i-v-e-r-i-n-g yet? Put on another layer because later Gyllenhaal recounts his time meeting Obama and manages to bring it back to The Question. "[Obama] told me: 'You have a job as an artist to help people through difficult times, to illuminate things through art.' He said: 'That's your job.' And my parents have always said that, too. And I'm sure you know it, because you seem like a very smart person who has done their research, particularly into tabloid research, which is obviously the most important of all research."

And that's not it for the Siberian tundra of an actor. Still on politics, Gyllenhaal says, "So, it's an irony to me when people say: 'An entertainer or actor should not be political,' because it's very easy to sideline people and, for instance, ask about past relationships or things that I believe are meant to be private."

Gyllenhaal is the iceberg, and Jonze, the Titanic, completely sunk by Gyllenhaal's final act: "muttering" to a handler, "It's always the last [interview of the day]." We've all learned a valuable lesson, too. Gyllenhaal's Life is fair game, but his life is not.

Vanity Fair has reached out to Gyllenhaal for comment.

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NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 18: Jake Gyllenhaal attends the meet & greet for the Manhattan Theatre Club production of 'Constellations' at the MCC Rehearsal Studios on November 18, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Walter McBride/WireImage)
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)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0151 -- Pictured: (l-r) Actor Jake Gyllenhaal plays 'Water Wars' with host Jimmy Fallon on October 29, 2014 -- (Photo by: Douglas Gorenstein/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0151 -- Pictured: (l-r) Actor Jake Gyllenhaal plays 'Water Wars' with host Jimmy Fallon on October 29, 2014 -- (Photo by: Douglas Gorenstein/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 29: Jake Gyllenhaal and director Jean-Marc Vallee are seen filming 'Demolition' in Hudson River Park on October 29, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Alessio Botticelli/GC Images)
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)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 11: Jake Gyllenhaal attends Annual Charity Day Hosted by Cantor Fitzgerald and BGC at Cantor Fitzgerald on September 11, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for Cantor Fitzgerald)
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)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 05: Jake Gyllenhaal at the 'Nightcrawler' Press Conference at The Fairmont Royal York Hotel on September 5, 2014 in Toronto, Ontario. (Photo by Vera Anderson/WireImage)
Jake Gyllenhaal Promotes 'Brokeback Mountain' At The 62Nd Venice Film Festival. (Photo by Justin Goff\UK Press via Getty Images)
Scarlett Johansson and Jake Gyllenhaal during 2004 MTV Movie Awards - Backstage and Audience at Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City, California, United States. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
Ted Danson and Jake Gyllenhaal during Oceana's 2004 Partners Awards Gala - Arrivals at The Escuire House in Beverly Hills, California, United States. (Photo by J. Merritt/FilmMagic)
Jamie Foxx and Jake Gyllenhaal during 'Jarhead' New York City Premiere - Inside Arrivals at Ziegfeld's in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Jemal Countess/WireImage)
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