Want to Date Jake Gyllenhaal? Gotta Go Through Mom. by the Forward

Want to Date Jake Gyllenhaal? Gotta Go Through Mom.

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Jake Gyllenhaal is a good Jewish boy.

Exhibit A: to meet his mom, producer and screenwriter Naomi Foner.

“I always bring my dates to my mother’s house for the first date,” your former fantasy boyfriend told Ellen DeGeneres on Monday. “I think that’s a good move.”


“My mother thinks arranged marriages actually might be able to work … in a good way. She thinks that if she picked for me that I’d do a lot better.”

Taylor Swift, whom Gyllenhaal dated in 2010, alluded to the actor’s mama’s boy complex in her song, “All Too Well”: “You used to be a little kid with glasses in a twin sized bed. And your mother’s telling stories about you on a tee ball team…”

I guess she didn’t pass the Jewish mom test. Don’t feel bad T — it’s a tough one.


Anne Cohen

Anne Cohen

Anne Cohen was the Forward’s deputy digital media editor. When she’s not looking for the secret Jewish history of Voodoo in New Orleans, or making lists about Ruth Bader Ginsburg , she writes for The Assimilator. She graduated from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism with an M.S. magazine concentration in 2012.

Want to Date Jake Gyllenhaal? Gotta Go Through Mom.

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