Jake And Meryl Make Nice At Berlin Film Festival

When you think of the many illustrious co-stars who could have been asked to toast legendary actress Meryl Streep, the name Jake Gyllenhaal does not come immediately to mind. However, there was Jake, who is serving on the International Jury, leading the tribute to Meryl who received an Honorary Golden Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival earlier this week. However, their connection was explained when Gyllenhaal shared that he and Streep’s eldest son Hank Gummer were teenage pals. “To be frank, Meryl Streep was not too fond of the 13-year-old version of me”, Gyllenhaal quipped from the stage of the Berlinale Palast. “Back in the early 1990s, Hank and I were going around in our baggy pants and listening to the rap artists of the day — like Warren G and Dr. Dre and Snoop Doggy Dogg — pretending to be gangsters. For some reason, Meryl didn’t take a liking to me and didn’t really trust me with her son. As we all know from her work, Meryl Streep has a real capacity to be terrifying. We’ve all seen THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA.” When Streep joined Gyllenhaal on stage, with a thunderous standing ovation from the crowd, she countered that “he was a bad influence on my son. I remember the first time I met him and he and my son were pretending to be bartenders at his big sister Maggie’s birthday party. They had little red suits on and fake mustaches, and I’m so glad to see that Jake can grow his own now. But Jake Gyllenhaal is the son of the splendid screenwriter Naomi Fomer and director Stephen Gyllenhaal, so he comes by his show business pedigree honestly. He has also inherited his parents’ grace and I thank him so much doing this for me.”

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