Jake Gyllenhaal is glad that his parents stopped him from becoming a child actor because he was able to realize the importance of family and cherish his childhood.
He appeared in three movies by the time he was a teenager, but his parents refused to allow him time off from school to do The Mighty Ducks.
In a new interview, he said, “That did happen a lot. Or rather, it happened a few times that I remember very clearly. Which felt like a lot when I was a little kid. But I think they knew it can be a dangerous business, particularly for a child.”
Instead, he focused on his school work and is now crediting his parents for helping him prioritize the important things in life. He said, “They really wanted me to have a life, and not just on movie sets. I think they always wanted my sister and me to have a rich life, a life full of things that are full of soul and heart and real connection. That’s all they care about.”
He added, “My family, as a result, is the most important thing to me. Tomorrow, if Hollywood stopped calling, I’d still have my family.”