Skip To Content
JEWISH. INDEPENDENT. NONPROFIT.
The Schmooze

Want to Date Jake Gyllenhaal? Gotta Go Through Mom.

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.”

Really?

“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.

A message from our editor-in-chief Jodi Rudoren

We're building on 127 years of independent journalism to help you develop deeper connections to what it means to be Jewish today.

With so much at stake for the Jewish people right now — war, rising antisemitism, a high-stakes U.S. presidential election — American Jews depend on the Forward's perspective, integrity and courage.

—  Jodi Rudoren, Editor-in-Chief 

Join our mission to tell the Jewish story fully and fairly.

Republish This Story

Please read before republishing

We’re happy to make this story available to republish for free, unless it originated with JTA, Haaretz or another publication (as indicated on the article) and as long as you follow our guidelines. You must credit the Forward, retain our pixel and preserve our canonical link in Google search.  See our full guidelines for more information, and this guide for detail about canonical URLs.

To republish, copy the HTML by clicking on the yellow button to the right; it includes our tracking pixel, all paragraph styles and hyperlinks, the author byline and credit to the Forward. It does not include images; to avoid copyright violations, you must add them manually, following our guidelines. Please email us at [email protected], subject line “republish,” with any questions or to let us know what stories you’re picking up.

We don't support Internet Explorer

Please use Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Edge to view this site.