Saturday, June 26, 2010

That Time I Met Jake

Since I've started this blog, the most frequently asked question I've gotten - by far - is if I've met Jake Gyllenhaal.  And the honest answer to that question is YES.

I know that for many, this Jake business is very new, and so is this blog.  But I've actually been writing about Jake for almost 4 years now.  I wrote a blog called Jake Watch in 2006 and 2007, and in its day, it was a very, very popular site.  In fact, after, it was the most popular Jake Gyllenhaal site on the internet.  It was also the very first Jake Gyllenhaal blog on the internet, and while none of us ever openly acknowledge it, all of the other Jake blogs out there right now are written by former readers of Jake Watch (such was its vast and considerable influence). 

Jake Watch wasn't started by me.  It was the brainchild of the brilliant and incomparable britpopbaby, who was nice enough to let me help her out when her creation became too big for her to handle alone.  Over time, we became an unstoppable team, and we did more crazy things together than I could ever cram into a single blog post.

But I was able to cram all of those things into a book, which is what I've been doing in the 2 1/2 years since Jake Watch ended. 

The book we will get to...but since I know Jake Watch isn't familiar to everyone, and is in the distant past for even those who are familiar with it, I wanted to periodically re-post some of the best stuff we did over there.  And what better way to start than re-posting something that I get asked about several times a week...

So, yes! I have met Jake Gyllenhaal (or should I say, Jake Gyllenhaal has met me, lucky guy)!  Here is the story, from September 8, 2007:

Jake and PG's Excellent Conversation

[Background:  I was at the Toronto International Film Festival.  To set the scene, Rendition was a month away from its theatrical release in the United States and Jake's last movie was Zodiac, 6 months earlier.]

The above picture was not taken during the portion of the afternoon where I talked to Jake. This was the portion of the afternoon where I captured this image with my camera even though all my eyes caught was THE BACK OF HIS HEAD. I mean, seriously. How many times can that even happen to a person?!

Then he came back out of the building. The extremely short version, because I am tired (details later!):

PG (who has taken a magazine from her hotel room and opened it to a two-page spread advertising Rendition): Jake, can you sign this?

Jake: Sure.

PG: I run a website for you.

Jake (looks up and smiles): Oh, yeah?

PG: Yeah, Jake Watch!

Jake: Oh, wow! OK!

Jake and PG smile and look at each other and awkwardly nod until other autograph seekers distract Jake's attention away. PG starts snapping pictures.

PG: I'm taking some pictures of you. I hope that's OK.

Jake (looks over and smiles again): Sure, that's fine.

PG: Thank you!

[Click for big versions.]

(This is not zoomed; I was really that much up in his grill. You can see my reflection in his sunglasses. I'm wearing a pink shirt.)

Then Peter Sarsgaard [also in Rendition] came out.

PG: Peter, can you sign this?

Peter: Sure.

PG: Uh, sorry it's a picture of Jake.

Peter (laughing): It's fine.

Peter then signs his name boldly across the picture of Jake. He steals PG's Sharpie to sign autographs for several other people.

PG: Can I take some pictures?

Peter (smiling): Sure!

Peter: Whose Sharpie is this? (to PG) Was it yours?

PG: Yeah, thanks.

Meanwhile, a WireImage photographer caught a picture of PG and Sarsy conversing. Just so you know I'm not making this up (and shhh! don't tell them I'm posting their picture!):

(PG and Peter shared a moment earlier in the afternoon when he arrived and she yelled, "PETER!!!" and starting jumping up and down and waving even though she was at that point quarantined across the street. He waved back. It was a good time for everyone.)

THEN, at the world premiere of Rendition, Jake was kind enough to walk by me again on the red carpet inside the building:

There wasn't a lot of (any) talking at that point, but I'm sure it was because he didn't want to be distracted. No doubt he was still ruminating on our ground-breaking discussion from earlier.

Meanwhile, [a friend who was with me] was taking the following video so that everyone would have the chance to experience the hysteria of waiting for Jake to whiz by:

[And then we went inside the theater and watched Rendition for the first time in the same room as Jake himself!  Except Jake left about 10 minutes in and there were several hundred other people in the theater and my seat was up so high that had I flung myself down to his level, I likely would have been killed on impact.  But it was a fun adventure!  And that is the incredibly true story of the time I met Jake Gyllenhaal.  Although this was not the only time I've seen Jake Gyllenhaal, but we'll save that story for another day...]


Monica June 26, 2010 at 11:48 AM  

Thanks for sharing. I loved reading about your meeting with him.

gyllenhaalisgr8 June 26, 2010 at 11:52 AM  

You are a lucky, lucky girl. I'm dying here...!

Anonymous,  June 26, 2010 at 12:36 PM  

I've read this a while ago, but it's nice to see your scrumptious Jake photos again, you lucky lady, you!
I must admit I'm intrigued by the book, I'm certain it'll be a fun read, let us know when it's available.
And how cool would it be if you end up signing a copy of it for Jake? :P
"Dear Jake, thanks for being a fan, hope you like my book, the fab author PG" :D
And then Jake goes bananas with happiness when he receives it in his mail, and it becomes his most treasured possession EVER.

Becky Heineke June 26, 2010 at 1:09 PM  

^^^ Hahaha! I like the way you think!! ;D The manuscript is off with an editor right now and I was supposed to get it back Friday, but then I didn't (grrr). I've been wanting for *so long* to be able to pin down a date for the release, but everything has just taken so damn long. It'll be fairly soon, though. Like within a few weeks!!!

(And I probably won't shut up about it when it's out, so be prepared. I'm really, really excited about it!! :D)

And it's meeting with Jake happened after a very long journey, so I was kind of blasé about it when it happened. But in hindsight, I was extremely lucky. There were only about 20 people standing around at the time...pretty calm for a Jake encounter. :D I just wish I'd gotten my picture taken with him...

Anonymous,  June 26, 2010 at 1:14 PM  

You know, not to be a total suckup, but I really encourage your new readers to go check Jake Watch. There was some amazing stuff there that they would surely enjoy and it was such a fun period to be following Jake. :)


Linda,  June 26, 2010 at 2:14 PM  

what a great story PG!
it was so exciting to read!
Jake seriously needs to come to me :(

Anonymous,  June 26, 2010 at 8:43 PM  

Hello PG! Jake Watch was once my daily touchstone for news/hilarity back in the good ol' Brokeback/Jarhead/Zodiac heyday. I was so sad when it all came to an end. And then... I found out last month that you'd started a new Jake blog in the same spirit as Jake Watch, and I freakin' REJOICED! It's good to have you back on the Jake-stalking wagon.

-Jo (a long-time Jake Watch fan / lurker) :)

Becky Heineke June 26, 2010 at 10:08 PM  

Jo, thank you!!!! Those were the days, weren't they?? And like Olympia was saying, too...I think it's kind of hard to convey to people who are just now coming into the fanbase how crazy it was back then. I'm not sure it'll ever be like that again, either... As I've started this site, I've been reminded of so many things that I miss about those times. :) (But like it's any surprise things slowed down without us...HA! ;D) Anyway, regardless, there's always fun to be had with Jake, and so (after a much needed break) here I am. :D I'm so glad you found the blog!!

And Linda, I wish he'd come visit you, too! Actually, I wish he'd come visit me. It's a very one-sided relationship we have, with me always going to him... ;D

coffeecat June 26, 2010 at 10:52 PM  

PG, you should totally send Jake a signed copy of your book! - CC

Sam June 26, 2010 at 11:53 PM  

OMG, I had actually forgotten about this! What sort of long term reader am I? Maybe it was my jealousy that got in the way, I'm not sure. I would have said it then, and i'll say it again.... SO HAPPY FOR YOU! Its like a dream for me, even just what you experienced. Go you good thing.

And yeh, i totally think you should send Jake a copy of the book with some sort of funny inscription on the inside. Like Lena said- "Thanks for being a fan" Genius!!!

(while you are there, remind him im getting married in October and his time is running out- thanks)

Linda,  June 27, 2010 at 12:28 AM  

hahaha thanks for the good wishes!
at least you can go to him!
I'm in Mexico so I can't,, it really sucks!
but I'm really glad you do! lucky girl! :)

Becky Heineke June 27, 2010 at 9:56 AM  

"Dear Jake, I hope this doesn't make things weird between us..." HA!! If we could collectively come up with a way to make sure he actually got it, I'd definitely send one. I'm not sure that anything that fans ever send him really make it into his possession, though...then again, he probably doesn't receive too many books in which he plays a featured role in a real life coming-of-age comedy set in the current era of internet addiction and celebrity adulation so... :D

Sam, I'm on it with the October wedding! His deadline rapidly approaches...

Linda, I had to fly to Canada to see him so don't give up hope! He's only one country to the north. ;)

KD,  June 27, 2010 at 11:15 AM  

You know who else (besides us readers here at ISJ) wants to meet Jake?

I loled.

Becky Heineke June 27, 2010 at 11:29 AM  

^^^ That is a TOTAL Back Away From My Man moment! (And apparently John Barrowman hasn't seen Jarhead. HA!)

Call Me Mo June 28, 2010 at 10:45 AM  

I'll bet Jake's head is an endless loop of Silver's sweaty, dirty fire, my Snickers, PG's convo and any other ISJ! readers encounters. ;]

If the book is done by then, you should totally try for the LAOD premiere.

Becky Heineke June 28, 2010 at 10:55 AM  

We are BY FAR his most interesting set of fans. I defy anyone to say otherwise, and this is why he is so clearly obsessed with us. :D

I've actually been contemplating LAOD! It was filmed in Pittsburgh, so if there's a Pittsburgh premiere, I'm so there. I have a good friend who lives there and Jake actually lived in her neighborhood while they were filming (!). She saw him a few times but never talked to him...and no, I have no excuse as to why I didn't go visit her during this time. Unless there's a complete catastrophe, the book will definitely be in my hands by then; so we'll see. I have many months to plot. ;)

Anonymous,  July 29, 2010 at 5:40 AM  

I totally want a signed copy of your book :-) It's OK to use the same phrase, saves you time and mind work with all the millions of copies you'll be signing


Libbytown August 8, 2010 at 10:53 AM  

This cubicle is a-rawkin', I'm going to get fired if I go into another gigglefit on a customer and IIII dooooon't caaaaare, good work! Sluuuuurp!!!

Anonymous,  April 19, 2016 at 8:47 AM  

It took time to figure out how to leave a comment but I only wanted to say that you're so beautiful!
That's a great story of yours and I'm sure beautiful people attract beauties :)
Peace and love

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