Renowned actor Jake Gyllenhaal has opened up about the invaluable lessons he's gained as a devoted uncle to his two nieces through his latest children's fantasy novel, "The Secret Society of Aunts and Uncles." In an exclusive interview with PEOPLE, the 42-year-old shared, "Within the film industry, precision and regulations govern the workflow.
I find solace in that structure, and I'd like to think of myself as quite organized." However, Gyllenhaal went on to emphasize, "Yet, adhering to specific bedtime routines for the kids, ensuring their morning happiness—these principles are detached from all that, and these revelations came from my nieces." The accomplished actor articulated, "The core essence lies in attentive listening, identifying their desires, and, remarkably, having the liberty to fulfill those wishes.
Be it staying up a bit later or indulging in ice cream prior to dinner, that's the essence of the role, and it's the most gratifying facet."
Culinary Mastery: Nurturing Nieces' Palates
Disclosing his culinary prowess, Jake humorously shared, "Cooking is an art I've mastered, and my nieces perceive me as a top-tier chef, so I exploit that talent to the fullest." He playfully continued, "Whenever I give them a call, I inquire, 'I'm on my way.
What culinary masterpiece shall I craft for dinner tonight? Consider me your personal gourmet chef.' " Elaborating on his culinary endeavors, Jake elucidated, "Their preferences dictate the menu. They particularly relish the way I prepare steak.
Essentially, it boils down to catering to their desires, and that's an immensely enjoyable aspect for me." As the conversation shifted to his book, the actor expressed his initial apprehension, considering the paramount importance he attributes to his family's privacy.
He revealed, "I harbored a degree of nervousness due to the significance of their privacy to me." Yet, he added, "Their elation upon learning about the book was truly heartwarming and touching." Scheduled for release on September 5, "The Secret Society of Aunts and Uncles" by Jake Gyllenhaal has generated anticipation among readers, eager to explore the imaginative narrative he has crafted, inspired by his role as an uncle and his cherished connections with his nieces.