Jake Gyllenhaal has been in the business of entertaining for over 20 years and has one of the most eclectic acting careers in the industry. From playing a deranged journalist, a troubled adolescent, and an unflinching police officer, Gyllenhaal has not only made a mark on Hollywood but has proven to offer foresight on social change. It’s been ten years since the actor starred as a gay cowboy in the iconic yet controversial Brokeback Mountain, and he recently sat down with Fusion’s Jorge Ramos to discuss his thoughts on the recent historic same-sex marriage ruling.
“I’m moved by how much things have changed,” Gyllenhaal told Ramos. “I’m moved that the law at least has moved in a way that love can be honored in that way.”
Marriage equality, though a significant stride in the direction of equality, is only the tip of the iceberg of the many injustices facing LGBTQ Americans today, and Gyllenhaal is well aware of that. He feels that opinions regarding gay marriage will take time to change, but that’s okay.
“[Shifting opinions and feelings] are important, but it’s also important to have marriage equality,” Gyllenhaal said.
Actors often find that they’re able to instigate cultural impact through their roles, in addition to their off-screen actions. And Gyllenhaal is no stranger to the integration between politics and performance.
He’s been making appearances to promote the film Southpaw — out today — in which he plays a reigning heavyweight boxer who grapples with balancing success with integrity. But it’s clear that he always considers the bigger picture.
“I think there’s a performance aspect to being a politician and I think that there’s a political aspect to being a performer,” he said. “What I’ve noticed is that you have choice… in your career, in the movies you’re going to make, that they are inherently political whether they’re just pure fun.”
Ramos’s interview with Jake Gyllenhaal airs Tuesday, July 28 at 10pm ET on Fusion.