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In his new film Southpaw, Jake Gyllenhaal plays a star fighter Billy Hope. Jake underwent months of incredibly intense training to transform himself for the role.

However, there’s another transformation he underwent which didn’t appear to require as much effort on Jake’s part.

The 34-year old plays a character who is fighting to redeem himself not just in the sporting world, but in the eyes of his young daughter.

Oona Laurence, who plays his daughter in the film, has been credited by Jake as one of the reasons he is very excited to become a dad.

Speaking with Entertainment Tonight, Jake said: “when I meet Oona for the first time, I just fell for her.” He added that "your heart opens up to her." Sounds like someone’s biological clock might be ticking.

Jake admitted that he “deeply” loves children, including his nieces and he thinks becoming a dad is something he would be “lucky” to experience.

"I am not a father yet, but it is definitely a dream of mine.”

While he can add fictional dad to his CV, Jake said he “would love for it to not be fictional.”

He added that he does find some of the ladies he works opposite to be “hugely intoxicating”. Despite that, he has denied rumours that he and his Southpaw co-star Rachel McAdams are an item.

Meaning, he is currently single, and apparently looking for someone he can start a family with.

We imagine he won’t be short of any number of offers once people get a look at his new physique in Southpaw which will be in cinemas on July 24. 



Jake Gyllenhaal plays Billy Hope in boxing movie Southpaw, which will be released later this year.

The film is about a successful boxer who gradually begins to lose many of the important things in his life. His wife is played by the gorgeous Rachel McAdams. 

His role as the boxer didn't come easily, Jake's trainer Terry Claybon has revealed. 

The trainer told Yahoo Movies: “I wanted Jake to learn how to box so he wouldn’t be out there on the set trying to act like a boxer.”

He has also admitted: “I pushed Jake to the limit.”

He started training six months before filming even started. He started training for three hours a day, which moved up to six hours. Then after a few months he was doing 2,000 sit-ups a day. Eventually, Jake gained 15 pounds of muscle. This was a massive step-up for the actor considering he had dropped 30 pounds last year for his role in Nightcrawler

His physique wasn't the only thing that needed to be worked on for the movie, the actor knew very little about boxing. Luckily though, his trainer has said that: "Everyday, he was eager to learn more and more about the sport."

Jake was put on a strict diet and exercise routine, he also spent time in the ring with professional boxers and watched real fights. 

We cannot wait to see this movie.