Stern had asked Gyllenhaal if his successful career would ever allow him to be a successful husband and father.
“All I want is to be a good husband and a father,” Gyllenhaal replied. “That’s really what I want and now that I’ve accomplished so many things in my career that I feel comfortable with, I can safely say that. I don’t know if I could have said that earlier. “
If anything, having a family could make him an even better actor, he said, adding that the same thing happened to his sister Maggie Gyllenhaal.
“Her life, her family and her marriage have made her work deeper,” he said, “I think there comes a point where you either start being more shallow or you start getting deeper into your work.” And I think you have to incorporate those things into your life for that to happen.”
Gyllenhaal has been dating French model Jeanne Cadieu since 2018. The two recently debuted on the red carpet together at the New York Film Festival for “The Lost Daughter” premiere, which they attended with Gyllenhaal’s sister and her husband Peter Sarsgaard.
“I love her so much and she’s such a nice person,” Gyllenhaal told Stern. “My sister grabbed her and dragged her onto that red carpet… and I was like, ‘Oh yeah, it’s family.'”