Jake Gyllenhaal brands working with Jennifer Aniston ‘torture’ due to real life crush

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Jake Gyllenhaal, 40, admitted working with Jennifer Aniston, 52, was “torture” because of his crush on the iconic actress at the time. The Hollywood stars met on 2002 film The Good Girl, but he confessed it “wasn’t easy” because of his real life feelings for the Friends legend.

Oh yeah, it was torture

Jake Gyllenhaal

Speaking during an interview with The Howard Stern Show on Tuesday, Jake was asked by the host if it was “torture” to film love scenes with somebody he fancied.

Laughing, he smiled: “Oh yeah, it was torture, yes it was.

“But it was also not torture.

“I mean, it was like a mix of both.”

But he revealed he managed to keep his true feelings towards Jennifer well-hidden due to the “mechanical nature” of on-screen love scenes.

He added: “Weirdly, love scenes are awkward, because there are maybe 30, 50 people watching it?

“That doesn’t turn me on.

“It’s oddly mechanical.

“And also it’s a dance, you’re choreographing for a camera.

“You can get in it but it’s like a fight scene, you have to choreograph those scenes.”

The actor also admitted that Jennifer suggested placing a pillow between them, which helped him out a lot.

Recalling her tip, he said: “The pillow technique was used.

“That was just preemptive and used generally always when actually in a horizontal place in that movie.

“I think that was actually a Jennifer suggestion, she was very kind to suggest it before we began.

“She was like, ‘I’m putting a pillow here.'”

It’s not the first time he has addressed his crush on the actress.

In April 2016, he joked to PEOPLE that working with her was “rough”.

“I will say, I had a crush on her for years,” he told the publication, “And working with her was not easy.

“I was… that’s all I’m going to say,” he smirked.

“It was lovely. It wasn’t hard, that’s what I would say.”

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