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Jake Gyllenhaal Opens Up On The Traumatic Loss Of Best Friend Heath Ledger

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Jake Gyllenhaal is still grieving over Heath Ledger.

Eight years after Heath's untimely death, his Broke Back Mountain costar Jake spoke to People Magazine about the terrible tragedy. In addition to being costars, the two were also best friends and Gyllenhaal is even the godfather to Heath's daughter Matilda.

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While J.G. admitted that he's still not able to speak about the loss "publicly" on a personal level, he did reveal how the horrible incident shaped his views of fame, celebrity, and his professional priorities.

Opening up on the experience just a few days after what would have been Ledger's 37th birthday, the actor explained:

"… I think I was at an age where mortality was not always clear to me. I think you live in this bubble, too, of making films … There are real friends, and there is a real community. There is also that Macklemore song where he says, 'The curtain closes and nobody notices' … I think that's true, and I think that's okay.
But I think at the time, I assumed everyone would notice – and they did with Heath dying, but I think it gave me the experience of, 'This is fleeting.' And none of the attention or synthesized love that comes from the success of a film really matters at all. What matters is the relationships you make when you make a film, and the people you learn from when you're preparing for a film. That changed a lot for me."

Considering Jake was only 27-years-old at the time of H.L.'s death, we can understand why "mortality" was hard for him to grasp. We're just glad to hear the Southpaw star was able to reshape his world view in effort to focus on what's really important in life — loved ones.

It will be interesting to see the 35-year-old play a grieving husband in his upcoming film Demolition. Hopefully the experience was cathartic for Jake.

[Image via WENN.]

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