During an interview with People magazine, Jake Gyllenhaal shared memories of filming Brokeback Mountain with the late Heath Ledger. Both actors were nominated for an Academy Award for their performance as two cowboys struggling with their mutual love.
Asked about his experience with Ledger, Gyllenhall opened up about the death of his co-star. Gyllenhaal talked about their friendship while shooting the film in 2005:
“Personally, it affected me in ways I can’t necessarily put in words or even would want to talk about publicly,” Gyllenhaal said. “I think you live in this bubble, too, of making films. There are real friends, and there is a real community.”
Ledger’s death also caused Gyllenhaal to realize that the experience of life “is fleeting.”
“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,” Gyllenhaal said.
Watch the interview with People magazine down below: