Actor Jake Gyllenhaal says he was moved
by the Supreme Court's ruling striking down gay marriage bans in all
Gyllenhaal, who is currently promoting
his latest film Southpaw, played gay opposite Heath Ledger in
the 2005 film Brokeback Mountain.
an interview with BET, Gyllenhaal was asked whether the
“perceived risk” of playing gay had changed in the last 10 years.
“Oh definitely it's changed,” he
answered. “I think playing a role and living a life are two very
different things. I think telling stories, and all different
stories, is what makes acting so great. It's why I was really proud
of Brokeback Mountain and everything it had to say. And it
was an interesting journey to go on to learn about that world.”
On the court's ruling, he said that he
was inspired to know love won out.
“When I heard about the news I
thought, 'Wow, how far we’ve come in a decade.' And how far we
have to go in so many things. But I think hopefully something like
that in terms of … the resistance of society and seeing that it's
possible to change was such an amazing thing. I remember thinking,
my mom sent me the decision, and how it was written, I thought it was
so beautiful. And she said, it's all about love. My brother-in-law
said to me a few weeks ago, all we leave behind is the wake of our
love, that's all we have. And to know that that wins out sometimes
was an inspiration to me,” Gyllenhaal said.