The 34-year-old actor covered Esquire UK's July issue in promotion of his upcoming film, Southpaw, but things very quickly took a turn for a higher plane of existence when discussing why he prepares so seriously for his movie roles.
"As an actor, it’s easy to become disconnected from reality," admits Jake. "But I can also spend five months in an environment that most people would never get access to. So, it’s actually a great way of engaging with the world."
That's when the guy who starred in Donnie Darko (but also Bubble Boy) decided to take our minds on a complete journey.
In case you're not quite prepared for your whole perspective to get Gyllenhaal-ed, we'll break up his following bits of wisdom a bit. You know, so you can get it.
"So, if you spend enough time in whatever environment your character would exist in – the way I spent six months with police officers [preparing for his 2012 film End of Watch] – then the molecules of that environment must transfer somehow."
"And then you put it on screen, and people go, 'I feel something that I don’t normally feel.'"
You're like... blowing our minds Jake! We are not ready for this!