Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Six Degrees of Jake Gyllenhaal!


Alright, I know that *technically* all of you are only one degree away from Jake because all of you know me and Jake and I are very close because he's obsessed with me and never leaves me alone.  But let's all stretch our imaginations for a minute and pretend we live in some crazy alternate universe where I'm not being stalked by Jake Gyllenhaal, in which case we all might have to get a bit more creative when coming up with our degrees of separation.

Like, for instance, I might say that my eleventh grade English teacher used to drive Justin Timberlake to singing lessons.  And Justin presented Jake's Best Kiss Award on the MTV Movie Awards in 2006 (looking, if I dare say, a little little too happy to be doing it).

And therefore Jake and Justin and I hang out all the time and are way good friends, natch.  (Sidenote: Timberlake totally gets added to The List for hovering like that.)

So starting right now, we are having an ongoing contest to see who has the best connection to Jake.  And it can be any connection at all.  Like, one time, a friend of mine ate Maroon 5's pizza backstage at a concert and since Maroon 5 went to school with Jake that's basically like Jake and I shared a pizza.

My challenge is for you to top THAT.

(Note:  Prize winners will receive the gift of knowing that they won and probably nothing else.)


Leslie September 1, 2010 at 12:42 PM  
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Anonymous,  September 1, 2010 at 1:59 PM  

Famous ex, woohoo Leslie!

Alright, the only "famous" person I've ever met was the author of Chocolat, Joanne Harris. She of course has met Johnny Depp. Depp of course knows Bruckheimer. And Jerry spent the summer with Jake in a desert.
3 people, yay!
Doesn't beat PG, but still, hope I get points for the effort :P

Becky Heineke September 1, 2010 at 3:34 PM  


And I can honestly say that I have never dated anyone with a Wikipedia page. So well done, Leslie!

I'm only moderately embarrassed to say I came up with a whole list during my first days as a Jake fan and wound up with 6 or 7 of these. And yes, most of them were about as lame as the ones I included in the post. :D

Katie,  September 1, 2010 at 3:40 PM  

My cousin lives in L.A. and works for Warner Bros. She met Jake while in a coffee shop one morning. And she's my cousin my I guess I had coffee with Jake one morning (essentially...)

sof gyllenhaal,  September 1, 2010 at 3:51 PM  

i met reese witherspoon in a movie premiere and she used to date jake so basically i dated jake and almost marry him!!

Sophie,  September 1, 2010 at 4:18 PM  

I actually am far far away from meeting him (i live in mexico) and none of my friends have but someday i will steal him away for PG muahaha....kidding :P
sorry if i sound to immature but im only 15 actually i think im the youngest here or is there soemone younger or my age?? IDK.
i think jake is a better role model and better actor and better everything to what my generation calls role model these days *ejem* jonas brothers, justin bieber, twilight casts*ejem* who wants them if you can have jake :)

Dani September 1, 2010 at 4:35 PM  

Here comes the real thing!

I have talked over Twitter with Nicholas Sparks (I kid you not). Nick knows Rachel McAdams, Rach presented an Oscar with Jake Gyllenhaal.

So there!

It's almost like Jake and I not only presented a award together but also talked on twitter!

Sarah Skywalker,  September 1, 2010 at 4:49 PM  

My brother coached lacrosse at Ithaca College, where Lindsay Lohan's brother played. Where is this going, you might say?

WELL, Lindsay co-starred in Freaky Friday with Jamie Lee Curtis. Who happens to be Jake Gyllenhaal's godmother.

YES. So it's pretty much like I coached Jake Gyllenhaal in lacrosse! Or I'm his godmother! (... or something like that)

gyllenhaalisgr8 September 1, 2010 at 5:30 PM  

Not sure how to figure my six degrees. I emailed with Stephen about our poetry and Jake's humanness. Please don't tell me that makes him my son or I am going straight to Hell.

Sam September 1, 2010 at 5:38 PM  

My little sisters school friend went to NIDA (National Institute of Dramatic Art) Heath Ledger was a NIDA graduate and Heath Ledger macked on with Jake.... soo... yes you guessed it! You could basically say i've macked on with Jake.

I think i've got this competition in the bag! haha!

Call Me Mo September 1, 2010 at 6:19 PM  

I once offered Jake some Snickers and put my face to his face. Woo! Zero degrees!

The end.

Anonymous,  September 1, 2010 at 6:20 PM  

I`m not sure mine qualifies:

- A friend of mine was an extra in the movie The Aviator, in which John C. Reilly had a part (but I`m not sure my friend met John C. Reilly).

- John C. Reilly was in the Good Girl with Jake.

I have one that I`m sure of but it`s much longer and pretty far fetched :) :

- A friend of mine has met Ginette Reno (a famous Québec singer).

- Ginette Reno met Jean Charest (the Québec Prime Minister) when she was made Knight of the National Order of Québec.

Jean Charest has met the Canadian Prime Minister, Stephen Harper.

Stephen Harper has met Bill Clinton.

Jake knows Bill Clinton.


Vanessa September 1, 2010 at 6:32 PM  

Wow, this too cool, because I thought PG wanted us to come up with funny outlandish pretend 6 degrees, & the fact that so many really do have a 6 degree connection is cool as hell! & yes Olympia, yours so qualifies as the real thing. So yay you! >;-)

I actually have 2 myself. I met Alice Eve, an actress from UK that was in She's Out of My League with Jay Baruchel who was in Sorcerer's Apprentice with Nick Cage & it is a Bruckheimer film, & Nick Cage knows Jake, plus Bruckheimer knows Jake. The 2nd one is I met & had my picture taken with an actor from Iceland, Jon Gustafsson, who was in the movie, Beowulf & Grendel with Gerard Butler, who was in the movie, The Bounty Hunter with Jennifer Aniston, who was in The Good Girl with, you guessed it, Jake!!!

& I do believe, Mo wins with ZERO degrees, hands down! THE END. ^_^

Vanessa September 1, 2010 at 6:34 PM  

Wow, I can't type today, I left out a whole word, "is". This IS too cool. >;-P

Becky Heineke September 1, 2010 at 7:19 PM  

Oh, but mine are really true! My English teacher really DID drive JT to singing lessons and my friend really DID eat Maroon 5's pizza. :D I also have met Jake, have a long and complicated history with his father, have been glared at by his mother, and share a mutual friend with Anne Hathaway. Oh, and I met Jonathan Rhys Meyers when he was in Memphis filming a made-for-TV movie about Randy Quaid...who, of course, was in BBM with Jake. :) I wasn't kidding when I said I had tons of these!

I have to say that I have laughed SO MUCH reading everyone's comments!!! I LOVE IT! Every single one is fantastic...more, more, more!!

Anonymous,  September 1, 2010 at 7:37 PM  

"i met reese witherspoon in a movie premiere and she used to date jake so basically i dated jake and almost marry him!!"
LMAO!! Nice!!

"have a long and complicated history with his father, have been glared at by his mother"
Ooooh, PG, do elaborate, please! If it's nothing too personal :)

And I thought of another one - friend of mine once bumped into Ralph Fiennes walking down the street (no they didn't actually meet but I'm sure she made it unforgettable for him as she stared wide-eyed and panting, leaned on the nearest tree and sat down -- true story btw), and Fiennes is in Nanny McPhee with Maggie! Yay!

Isn't there a theroy that anyone can find a connection with any person on the planet through 6 people? Seems it's true :D

Anonymous,  September 1, 2010 at 8:42 PM  

This contest is very interesting!

I and Ken Watanabe are same Japanese.
Do you know Ken Watanabe?
He is a most famouse actor in Japan.
He was play with Leonardo Dicaprio in INCEPTION.
Leo knows Jake!

Am I so far from Jake?


Leslie September 1, 2010 at 8:57 PM  

Hey everybody . . sorry this is off topic:

Sept. 3 - 9 a.m. Live With Regis and Kelly: Actor Jake Gyllenhaal; actress Betty White; Keane performs; Regis gets a lesson in Technology 101.

Leslie September 1, 2010 at 8:59 PM  

Oh, sorry . . forgot to state that it's a recent repeat - re: PoP

Vanessa September 1, 2010 at 9:04 PM  

Thanks for that heads up, Leslie! I saw that earlier myself & have set my DVR to record it this time. Last time I watched it & didn't record it. I like saving all his interviews for various reasons. & he is always so funny in them. OK, it's gushing time for me, it seems! >;-)

Sophie,  September 1, 2010 at 9:07 PM  

so is the interview new or a repetition???
***still trying to find my 6 degree conection :S

Becky Heineke September 1, 2010 at 9:18 PM  

Sophie, it's a rerun from May. The live blog is HERE and YouTube clips are HERE. (Or you can just watch on September 3!) ;)

Lena, MORE THAN YOU EVER WANTED TO KNOW about my interactions (or lack thereof) with both Gyllenparents is in the book...which went to print TODAY (!). So it should be on Amazon in, like, 2 weeks. It's going to blow all minds... :)

Mayumintolor, I don't know Ken Watanabe but it doesn't matter 'cause that still puts you close to Jake! Total win! :D

KD,  September 1, 2010 at 9:48 PM  


I was watching an episode of House today titled "Epic Fail" (6x02) and this gem of a dialogue ensues:

House: I quit.

Foreman: You...can't quit.

House: I think your confusing me with Jake Gyllenhaal.

I don't know why that would be, but I thought all of you'd like to hear about this little mid-episode surprise.

Call Me Mo September 1, 2010 at 9:50 PM  

Let's go again. I once hit Fantasia with my stock cart when I worked at Disneyland. She was on American Idol which Ryan Seacrest hosts. Ryan Seacrest has interviewed Jake. Therefore, I totally interviewed Jake when I was on American Idol. ;]

I've talked to the lead singer from Steel Train. He used to date Scarlett Johannson. Scarlett was in Iron Man 2 with RDJ. RDJ was in Zodiac. Ergo, I was in Zodiac with Jake!

These are fun. I wonder if I have a literal six degree one.

Sophie,  September 1, 2010 at 9:51 PM  

KD hahahaha thats funny im going to watch that episode just because of that... you probbably know this but... did u know a poster of prince of persia appeared during confessions of a shopaholic??

Vanessa September 1, 2010 at 10:03 PM  

KD, I don't watch House, but I am VERY concerned now as to WHY he thought that was cool to say that, since it sounds like he was insinuating JG is a total quitter. But then maybe you had to see the whole scene, & he didn't mean it like that? (I am just kidding about what I said, but still curious why he would say that.) ^_^

& Mo, LMAO, those are funny, I can't think of any other way I could make one single connection. Damn, you STILL totally win. >;-P

KD,  September 1, 2010 at 10:45 PM  

Vanessa - House makes fun of everyone and everything. He's ridiculously awesome like that. (Regardless of whether House is making a snide remark on Jake's character, anyone who watches the show must admit House has the BEST one liners.) I have no idea what that joke's supposed to mean. I'm curious too. Usually I get all of the jokes on House but this one...

Sophie - I totally did not know that! I even watched the movie. That's insane. Can't believe I missed that.

Becky Heineke September 1, 2010 at 10:48 PM  

The joke's a BBM reference! Referring to when Jack said, "I wish I knew how to quit you." ;)

Mo, You + Fantasia = Me laughing hysterically. AWESOME.

KD,  September 1, 2010 at 11:24 PM  


sherry September 2, 2010 at 6:27 AM  

oh wow...i am living far away but let me find the connection...ok here we go...Jake is Descendant of the Prophet Abraham (PBUH) and Prophet Abraham built the "Holy Kabah"(it is in Holy Makkah) so my parents went there..they touch the kabbah...and bring the rain water from it's roof so i drank the water...
Does it count?:D
wait wait i have got more stories ;)

sherry September 2, 2010 at 6:32 AM  

Stephen Gyllenhaal is on twitter and i follow him and he follows me...and he is jake's

sherry September 2, 2010 at 6:40 AM  

Degree 1:i am from Kinnaird college
Degree 2: many students from my college went to University of Columbia
Degree 3:Eric Foner is a Professor of History at Columbia University
Degree 4:Eric is Nomi's ex husband
Degree 5:Naomi is Jake's mom
Degree 6: we are damn connected:D

Sasha,  September 2, 2010 at 7:51 AM  

I love this thing - and you can really do this with quite anyone and you'll find it will be something around 6 degrees ... you just gotta know the ppl around you good enough to find the connections :D

Becky Heineke September 2, 2010 at 9:57 AM  

^^^ I know, it's so fun, isn't it?! Half of the battle with Jake is just finding a connection to someone in Hollywood...but technically we should all be able to do it between ourselves, too, which is just crazy if you think about it...

MAN, why does Stephen follow everyone on Twitter except for me?! HA, no, I'm actually okay with that... :D And Sherry, MAJOR creativity points for pulling the Prophet Abraham into it!!

Vanessa September 2, 2010 at 10:04 AM  

Oh, I am such a dork, PG! I just read what you wrote about the BBM reference on House. Duh. I really should have caught that. But in my defense I don't watch House & don't know his wit, so I think I should start watching it now. Sounds like I would enjoy that show. I do like Hugh Laurie, after all. >;-)

Call Me Mo September 2, 2010 at 10:13 AM  

Wait, I found a wild card!

Robert Schwartman!

I met Robert a couple of years back...

1: He was in The Virgin Suicides with Kirsten. It's like I've dated Jake, what!

2:He was in The Princess Diaries with Anne Hatahaway. Anne. Love and Other Drugs. OMG.

3: He is related to Jason Schwartzman. Jason was in Marie Antoinette with Kirsten. Yadda yadda.

4: He had a guest appearance on The OC which Adam Brody was a main character on. Adam was in In the Land of Women with Kristen Stewart. Kristen was in Into the Wild with Vince Vaughn. Vince was in The Breakup with Jennifer Aniston. Jennifer co-starred with Jake in The Good Girl.

Ta da! ;D

gyllenhaalisgr8 September 2, 2010 at 11:06 AM  

Again...I email(ed) with Jake's dad, so that makes Jake and me penpals (hot, steamy emails -- that Jake is such a tease!).

sumi September 2, 2010 at 12:12 PM  

my boyfriend ran into jake at a whole foods, and they had a conversation about nut butter (please insert all the jokes you can, because i already have!). that same day, i was in whole foods in chicago and purchased some homemade almond butter-2 hours before that meeting occurred. You know what this means? this means that not only is there some time travel involved, but jake and my boyfriend had an obvious homoerotic conversation about a delicious treat.

thusly, not only am I in a relationship with my boyfriend, but jake gylls is also in a relationship with my boyfriend. and this all goes full circle, indeed. total WIN.

sherry,  September 2, 2010 at 1:10 PM  

one of my childhood friends(Maheen)is living in USA...she was a brilliant student..during her high school years she earned distinctions and got a huge scholarship...President Bill Clinton awarded her certificate..she had her picture taken with him ...and Clinton is father of Chelsea...i still don't believe that Jake dated former first daughter but lets say they were friends ....Jake went to her 16th birthday party(i read it somewhere)see the weird connection...*wink*
@PG...yeah Prophets are really helpful :)

CigarattesAndCoffee September 2, 2010 at 2:12 PM  

I swear I'm the only one who can't think of a connection! I'll keep working on it though ;)

Becky Heineke September 2, 2010 at 3:34 PM  

C&C, I have full confidence you'll think of one! :)

Every time I check this thread I learn the craziest things about you guys. Goddamn we are so well connected... ;D

justin W.,  September 2, 2010 at 4:10 PM  

I did a movie with him, I played his page. BAM, I win!

Becky Heineke September 2, 2010 at 4:16 PM  

Justin, you need to be hooking us up with stories, man! And I concede that out of all of us, you definitely win the award for "Actually Knowing Jake." :D HEY WAIT, I think this means we're all just two steps removed now!!

coffeecat September 2, 2010 at 5:33 PM  

I used to work with someone who was friends with the mother of Jon Stewart; Jon Stewart has interviewed Jake - more than once! He wants to BE Jake. Also, Jon's wife confused Jake with Jon and I think they made out or something 'cause they look so alike.

This is a DOUBLE win because! . . . PG is a total Jon Stewart Junkie Fangirl!

Sam September 2, 2010 at 7:49 PM  

Sumi i think yours is the funniest, Did that really happen? I think i would DIE if my fiance met Jake and i didnt!

Sam September 2, 2010 at 7:50 PM  

JUSTIN W !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Vanessa September 2, 2010 at 8:04 PM  

Hey, I agree with Sam, Justin W. please come back & tell us more!!! Wow, how cool is that, you actually worked with Jake in a movie. Which movie??? Hmmm, let's see, you played his page, was it Rendition, Zodiac? I can see a page in those 2 movies. If it wasn't either of those, please tell us! Yeah, I guess you do win!

Becky Heineke September 2, 2010 at 9:49 PM  

Justin W. was Jake's page in NAILED, but Justin W. needs to come back and let us know all about that. ;)

And coffeecat needs to hook me up with Jon Stewart, yo! :D

Vanessa September 2, 2010 at 10:01 PM  

Geez, of course, it would be "Nailed", never even thought about his new movies that we may NEVER see. Well, I do hope Justin comes back & does a "tell all". How fun would that be??? ^_^

Emma,  September 3, 2010 at 5:39 PM  

I have had a few lunches Adam Beach who starred in a film with Ryan Phillipe who was married to Reese who dated Jake... That is a lot of degree's I probably lose... :(

Vanessa September 3, 2010 at 5:47 PM  

OMG, Emma, you had a few lunches with Adam Beach??? I am so jealous, I love him! Wow, that is an EPIC WIN in my book!

Besides your degrees connection is perfect anyway! >;-)

Emma,  September 3, 2010 at 5:59 PM  

Vanessa, believe me, its not hard to get time with him, he LOVES women. He will chase you, literally chase you down to get your number. Just walk near him in a crowd...

Becky Heineke September 3, 2010 at 6:33 PM  

Emma, it's under six degrees, so TOTAL WIN. I also echo Vanessa's enthusiasm for your lunches, because that is awesome. I think I now have a new goal in life to have someone famous buy me a meal... :D

Emma,  September 4, 2010 at 4:09 AM  

Prophecy Girl, it's not too hard, I mean i'm not Jennifer Aniston or anything and my pen doesn't shoot fruit loops so I think you have just set a very reasonable goal ;) and I wish you the best of luck!

Becky Heineke September 4, 2010 at 12:22 PM  

HA! And thank you! Here's hoping... :D

Miss_Kris,  September 4, 2010 at 9:57 PM  

I live just outside Calgary, Alberta, and have been to the bar they filmed Brokeback Mountain at. I even sat in the same spot as Jake!

Does that count? lol

justin W.,  September 4, 2010 at 10:51 PM  

whoaaaa, sorry, totally wasn't even paying attention to this comment board for a while. didn't know my presence was requested. it was in fact "Nailed" and I had the honor of playing his page for over a month. It was awesome, I only took the role cause Jake was my "boss". There are definitely some stories, we had a lot of off time b/c of all the shutdowns with the production crew, when Reese wasn't with him, during the funeral scenes, he was palling around with me and the other "page".

More stories to come, im in Mississippi right now working on another project, sadly Jake isn't in this one...


Mandi September 5, 2010 at 4:59 AM  

Discussed my non Catholicism with Siobhan Fallon Hogan who did Baby Mama with Amy Poehler who did SNL with Jake. Thats 3 for me.

Miss_Kris,  September 5, 2010 at 9:34 AM  

Okay, so after posting my other comment, I found out this interesting little thing:

A friend that I used to work with is friends with Ellen Page's best friend.

I've found quite a few routes from there, but this is my favorite...

Ellen was in Inception, directed by Christopher Nolan, who also directed The Dark Knight, which starred Heath Ledger, who (as we all know) made out with Jake in Brokeback Mountain.

So, Jake and I are great friends, and made out once. lol

Sasha,  September 5, 2010 at 11:39 AM  

wooow so many cool connections ... bottom line we are all hollywoodians :D lol

btw I have 2 to Jared Leto which makes it 3 to Jake bc they starred in Highway

sherry September 5, 2010 at 1:02 PM  

OK i guess the time has come for another six degree revelation...i met Elizabeth on face book...we became friends...i left face book because of blasphemous sketches controversy...she made my account on twitter...she told me to follow "imstalikingjake"..i said "my pleasure" there i met PG...we EXCHANGED some tweets retweets...a little chit chat on her blog and BAM cause PG HEY PG you have met jake...and I KNOW YOU ;)
Life is good :)

Becky Heineke September 5, 2010 at 1:55 PM  

^^^ I LOVE THIS. Bringing people closer to Jake Gyllenhaal merely by existing. This is my mission in life! :D

It doesn't matter how many of these are posted, every single one continues to be fantastic. :)

Sophie,  September 5, 2010 at 3:28 PM  

okay see... my uncle has met felipe calderon (mexicos president) and he has met barack obama he has met a lot of famous people and one of them probably know jake :)
ps: let me know if you can think of a famous that has met obama and jake :) i thought of the jonas brothers (cause he has met them)but idk if they met jake they sure have been in some awards show but still dont know if they met them

Sophie,  September 5, 2010 at 6:26 PM  

YEY!! thanks PG i finnaly got my degrees :D i had no idea he had met him

Clarabel,  September 5, 2010 at 7:08 PM  

Step 1: I was at Uni with Jamie Dornan ....

Step 2: who dated Keira Knightley...

Step 3: who way back in 2006 was rumoured to be dating Jake...

meaning Jake is practically my classmate!

Sasha,  September 6, 2010 at 4:47 AM  

Oh I'm actualy wrong (and felt the urge to express that) - I have one degree to Jared Leto which is 2 to Jake ... getting closer and closer ;)

(by not taking into account our lovely PG)

joelliea September 6, 2010 at 12:04 PM  

House: I quit.

Foreman: You...can't quit.

House: I think your confusing me with Jake Gyllenhaal.


(Rolling On The Floor Laughing My A** Out And Will Not Stop Till Jake Finds Me and Picks Me Up From The Floor) ..

.. and then we'll be connected.

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