Jake Gyllenhaal on His Musical Debut and That Viral Singing Video: ‘My Heart Has Always Been in Singing’
Jake Gyllenhaal has always had a song in his heart, we're just barely now getting an opportunity to hear it.
Thursday denoted the premiere night of Gyllenhaal's Broadway musical debut in another recovery of Stephen Sondheim's hit 1984 show Sunday in the Park with George.
“It’s so nice to get to express myself through music, I always have in my family and I did growing up as a child throughout school,” Gyllenhaal said. “I had so much wonderful luck as an actor in films that how can you not move in that direction when the opportunities are there? But truly my love, my heart has always been in singing, particularly in the musical space.” - said Gyllenhaal for People
Gyllenhaal says the thought for the one-shot video — which tails him down a couple flights of theater stairs until he winds up in front of an audience, singing the melody “Finishing the Hat” as he goes — came to fruition naturally and rapidly.
He explains, “I called Cary [Fukunaga, Beasts of No Nation director and cinematographer] and I was like, ‘Yo, wanna do a video maybe for this thing?’ And he was like, ‘I’m in, yeah.’ It was totally organic. Literally a day and a half later we were in the theater and he said, ‘Oh it’d be really cool if you walked down the stairs.'”