Jake Gyllenhaal lived with Jamie Lee Curtis during the pandemic

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Jake Gyllenhaal is in Guy Ritchie’s new film, The Covenant. It had its premiere last Monday in Los Angeles and Jamie Lee Curtis showed up for Jake. Jamie is friends with Jake’s parents and has known him since he was a little boy, so she’s looked out for him throughout his life and career. Apparently that bond was so strong that when COVID shut the country down, Jake and his girlfriend Jeanne Cadieu sheltered in place with Jamie and husband Christopher Guest. Of course, it was a COVID Bubble, Hollywood edition, which means Jake and Jeanne lived in the house next door that Jamie owns. But Jake and Jeanne still had full Jamie and Christopher access, so it sounds like a groovy way to ride out the pandemic.

Jake Gyllenhaal and Jamie Lee Curtis are opening up about living together during the COVID-19 lockdown.

Speaking with PEOPLE at the Los Angeles premiere of Gyllenhaal’s new thriller Guy Ritchie’s The Covenant on Monday, Curtis, 64, revealed that Gyllenhaal — who is her godson — lived next door to her during lockdown with his girlfriend Jeanne Cadieu.

“We’ve just gotten to know each other,” the Oscar winner told PEOPLE of her relationship with Gyllenhaal, 42, who she kissed on the cheek while walking the red carpet. “He also lived with me during COVID for almost a year. He and Jeanne lived in the house next door that I have. And so there was also that. For a minute.”

As for how the actor filled his time whilst stuck at home, Curtis revealed that like many others, Gyllenhaal made a hobby out of baking bread.

“He made a lot of sourdough bread, a lot,” she continued, adding that it was “very good.”

“So singing, acting, sourdough,” added Curtis. “And he did that test where you do a handstand against the wall and take your shirt off and put it back on.”

Speaking to PEOPLE, Gyllenhaal revealed that he has continued with his hobby even though the lockdown is now over.

“I am still eating sourdough,” he said. “Yes. I haven’t stopped. Even though we’re out of the pandemic, I am still making sourdough.”

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There are two things I took from this. The first is I’m not surprise Jake sheltered with a mother-figure for a year of the pandemic. Jamie and Christopher live in California, and we were one of the first states to shut down initially. Not that Jake would have been trapped here, maybe he was responsible enough not to travel once the state locked down and needed a place to stay. But he also seems like someone who needs a parental figure looking out for him, even if it’s just knowing they are nearby. Which is why he would gravitate to someone like Jamie instead of his own situation. While I’m not a huge Jake fan, I’m not banging on him for this. I think he just needs people around him. It was probably nice for Jeanne to have someone watching over Jake in a locked-down situation as well.

The other thing I took from this is: bread. Look, I never want to go back to lockdown. I think we are only just now starting to see the trauma it put on our kids. But my gawd do I miss everyone’s bread obsession – making it, talking about it, researching it, posting it, eating it. Just reading about Jake and his sourdough sent me to a happy place when I would plan what bread to try next. My family reflected on the fresh bagels we made during quarantine just the other morning. If we have to find a silver lining for those lost years, it will be the bread.

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  1. JanetDR says:

    That’s such a lovely post!

  2. Jo says:

    I just watched Gyllenhall’s interview on hot ones and boy what a manipulative person he seems to be. Super self-conscious, love-bombing Sean Evans, then looking super serious at him, talking “deep”. Wow what a creep.
    I understand taking him in NEXT DOOR. Well maybe he can be himself with Curtis. I hope so for him.
    And I agree, he cannot be alone. He seems to have taken a following with him to the set, and they were laughing at his jokes all the time. Usually celebs have one producer/ agent and he had a whole cohort. He would look in their direction like a kid looks at his family and friends when showing off. Off putting.

    • Jen says:

      Oh my gosh! I thought the same thing when I watched it. I was so confused when reading the comments that the majority of people loved him!

      It just seemed so performative to me. He 100% had an entourage that he brought to laugh at his jokes.

      Totally tracks with that one article that was written about him and T Swift’s song!

      • Jo says:

        The comments are always positive. I suspect Hot Ones heavily moderates them. I stopped reading because it is always about how great the interviewee and interviewer are. Which is mostly true but not always.

    • Nellie says:

      The laughing in the background was annoying af. I don’t watch hot ones often but I was watching trying to recall if the laughing in the background was a normal thing. Makes total sense that he brought them along because they would often laugh only when he peeked over in that direction. And yes all of his interviews seem performative because he does been doing the same schtick for years now. In real life he’s a snobbish ahole and his Girlfriend is racist (mocked Indians, called black people ashy). His whole fam are very pretentious tbh. His dad seems cool but he divorced, remarried and lives away from the fam so that makes sense.

    • Emmi says:

      There was something very off about him and I was initially excited when I saw the video pop up. I watch Hot Ones a lot, it’s a fun format and generally, the guests have a great time and you can tell as much. Jake … first of all made a point of telling us that Sean et al. hounded him for years. Like he’s the biggest star to ever eat those wings. Come on. They had Charlize, they had Viola, they had Queen Latifah. And so many others. It felt like he didn’t want to be there and honestly, he wasn’t even that interesting? It was extremely weird and uncomfortable.

    • SH says:

      I remember watching back some old interviews of Tom Holland when the last Spider-Man came out and Tom was talking about how Jake was so overly nice to him that he thought Jake was doing some method acting type thing and got paranoid about if Jake was being sincere. Tom hero worships Jake as an actor so Tom tells it in a funny way where he is appreciative that Jake really was just that nice to him, but looking back as an outsider though it reads more like Jake being performative in his personality.

    • SarahCS says:

      I haven’t watched it but now any time I see his name I just think about that poor young woman who was basically offered up to be the object of his affections in a play (?) he was on years ago.

      • La Dolce Vita says:

        I know!
        I don’t know how anyone can forget that article by Domenica Feraud.
        It doesn’t surprise me that Jake G quarantined with a mother-figure because he sounds like he was always coddled by his mother and sister – protected from any consequences of his actions. I remember Domenica saying he had to be put down for his nap every afternoon or something? He was in his 30s!

    • EastVillager says:

      One of my friends had the misfortune of working for his parents when he was a teenager, when he was first getting famous, during the Dunst years, and he was a total entitled little asshole. Like, epic level. Another friend was college roommates with Maggie and she was nice but moved out before the other roommates and left behind graffiti from her boyfriend on her wall that the other roommates had to pay for. She’s also given me the “don’t look at me, don’t talk to me” thing on the street in NYC which is just laughable because I hung out with her at Barnard, not that she’d remember. It made me angry that The Lost Daughter was actually decent.
      That said, I have never heard a single bad thing about Jamie Lee among my industry friends. Smart, funny, approachable, inclusive, responsible.

    • La Dolce Vita says:

      He is a sociopath, for sure.

  3. Katie Beanstalk says:

    Jamie Lee was interviewed live on Australian TV. She was really funny. I do not get why women swoon over Jake Gyllenhaal.

    • Dee Kay says:

      Remember that 30 Rock episode where Liz Lemon dated a character played by Jon Hamm briefly? She accused him of “pretty privilege” or being in the “good-looking bubble” or something — basically she was saying he didn’t understand what it was like to be treated as a regular person b/c people always were super extra nice to him and admiring of him *just* because of his looks. I think that’s Jake Gyllenhaal. He’s handsome, so people fawn over him, even though his personality doesn’t warrant it.

  4. FHMom says:

    Bagels are super difficult to make. Just reading about it was it enough to discourage me. Every once in a while I will admit to missing the lockdown. These days it would be a treat to stay inside my house, avoid the world and hunker down with my family.

    • Celebitchy says:

      You can make bagels! It’s not that bad I learned how to do it. Here is the recipe I follow: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W8j-ZUp7KD0

      • FHMom says:

        Thanks! When I’m feeling brave I will give it a try.

      • Typical Virgo says:

        I love making bagels! Soft pretzels, too!
        I love love making anything yeasted, at least when it comes to food lol
        Japanese milk bread is another, surprisingly easy favorite to make!
        But my latest challenges have been making low carb bread that doesn’t taste like doggy doodoo. I have been fairly successful but it requires a BUNCH of obscure ingredients…..

  5. Abbie says:

    I’ve gone totally off him after that expose by the theater assistant.

    Also, did Americans only discover bread in 2020??

    • CL says:

      Same. I was wondering if anyone was going to mention that article!

    • SAS says:

      Yes! That piece was so chilling, and all the comments in the first thread here are so reminiscent of the exact behaviour pattern she described. Ugh.

    • Normades says:


      It’s called The Movie Star and me at medium.com

      Basically proves Taylor Swift right about everything.

      • Dee Kay says:

        The Movie Star and Me essay and Taylor Swift’s account of Jake Gylenhaal’s love-bombing-followed-by-cold-shouldering-and-gaslighting paint a picture of a truly toxic, immature, insecure, emotionally abusive man.

    • Typical Virgo says:

      I think a lot of Americans didn’t discover MAKING bread until the pandemic. I definitely know several people whose “cooking” skills were limited to microwavable food, until lockdown, at which point they learned the wonders of cooking & baking with an oven. This included baking bread. What their bread any good? Absolutely NOT it was terrible. There was one particular loaf that practically would have gotten a person drunk due to over-proofing.

    • Typical Virgo says:

      Also I didn’t know about the Movie Star & Me incident(s) until today, I just finished reading the piece. And JG sounds CREEPY as fuck, totally using his fame to exploit the uncertain boundaries and of a young, inexperienced, slightly starstruck woman.

      I used to really like that movie Nightcrawler, but now I think it’s just JG being himself.

  6. Peachy says:

    We gardened during the pandemic as I’m the worst baker in the world. I’m medical so had at least a small inkling where it was going (no one knew how bad it would be!) so convinced my asthmatic son working the throwaway job before college started that he should move home. He’s not triggered by anything outdoors soooooo…we masked up and did outdoor shopping at gardening centers and spent our time repotting, pruning and picking all the lovely flowers and vegetables! Now we’re back to just planting the boxes nearest the kitchen/dining area that we can see lol

  7. Missy says:

    I’m so far from Hollywood star life that at first I literally pictured them all crammed onto the same sofa every night lol! Of course it was the house next door, this is so sweet 🙂

  8. Telly says:

    Jamie is Jake’s godmother so I think she regards him as family more than just the son of her good friend. No sure if she is also godmother to Maggie.

  9. Frippery says:

    It’s a very cute story and JLC is just a wonderful human, a classy and supportive and beautiful person.

  10. NMB says:

    Love the comment about sourdough. I got into baking bread like the rest of America. I was telling my students at school about it and one said, “….but the pandemic is over. Why are you still making sourdough bread?” hahaha. Oh, children.

  11. MaryContrary says:

    I’ve always been a reluctant baker and a pretty good cook-because I am a “pinch of this, little more of that” as I go along. Baking is all about precision. During the shutdown I discovered the website, Sally’s Baking Addiction and made SO MANY cakes that were delicious. And every kind of banana bread. Also-I know he’s problematic, but I have a soft spot for Jake because my brother looks just like him.

    • Joanne says:

      Sally’s Baking Addiction is the best cooking blog ever. Her recipes never fail. I subscribe to her blog and get regular E-Mails with the best recipes.

    • Emmi says:

      Sally is amazing, I have two of her books. Her recipes failed me many times in the beginning because ingredients sometimes differ wildly between the US and Germany. LOL But that’s entirely on me.

  12. Lizzie Bathory says:

    I like Jamie, but Jake Gyllenhaal seems to require an unusual amount of shepherding through the world. I feel like if you took the man bowling, someone would have already set up bumpers for all the lanes.

  13. Jane Wilson says:

    Consider a Caraway Rye.
    So much taste!
    So fantastic toasted!

  14. Aly says:

    I like Jamie Lee Curtis’ vibe idk why I just do, her recent interview where she talked about skipping Oscar nominee dinner party to stick with her bed time of 9 pm is stuck in my head. As an insomniac, that’s the kind of lifestyle I dream of.

  15. Linda says:

    Just saw the Covenant and say what you want about Jake but he’s a phenomenal actor. Really good movie, exciting, intense and great performances all around!

  16. Jessica says:

    I just read the article mentioned above on Medium..WOW, I feel truly sick. The most disturbing parts of it are how his mom, sister, female mentor react to it all. Isn’t jake’s girlfriend now in her 20s???

    It reminds me of an interview I read about Megan Fox (I know, I know)..this was pre MGK. She was talking about how she always made fun of the girls Will Arnett brought around whatever movie they were working on and would be like can this one even drive, sorry honey..you have to be able to drink alcohol to eat here, etc. and then she said she took a step back and realized they were girls and he was in his 40s (50s now) and became really disturbed by it and saw it completely differently. Shortly after they stopped coming by the set. I doubt he stopped doing it but at least someone called him out on it.

  17. MY3CENTS says:

    I love JLC and I love how proud and supportive she is of her trans daughter.

  18. Kath says:

    I was always fairly indifferent on Jake Gyllenhaal and assumed that Taylor Swift’s account in “All Too Well” was filtered through the lens of youth and inexperience – that the drama and gaslighting she describes was at least a little bit exaggerated by her own perceptions. I even thought calling him out on the 10 minute version was perhaps a bit petty.

    But, my god! After reading that “Movie Star and Me” article, TS got him nailed. What a manipulative, game-playing POS. He clearly singles out young, vulnerable girls and plays on their naivete – pursuing them BECAUSE they’re young and inexperied, twisting them in knots, and then dumping them because they’re – duh – young and inexperienced.

    “He said ‘if we had been closer in age it would have been fine’, and that made me want to die”.

    The events the author describes in the article happened nearly 10 years after his relationship with Swift – and he’s still love bombing young girls.

    “But the punchline goes, I’ll get older but your lovers stay my age”.