Jake Gyllenhaal’s ‘crush’ on Jennifer Aniston made sex scenes ‘torture’

Sparks flew across the set of “The Good Girl,” according to Jake Gyllenhaal, who admitted he had a “crush” with co-star Jennifer Aniston.

“The Guilty” star, 40, talked about his former screen partner during an appearance on “The Howard Stern Show” and admitted it was difficult to film love scenes with Aniston, 52, while working on the 2002 romantic drama because of his infatuation.

“[Filming the sex scenes] was torture, yes it was,” Gyllenhaal said, laughing during the show. “But it wasn’t torture either. I mean, come on, it was like a mix of both.

“Oddly, love scenes are awkward, because maybe 30, 50 people are watching? That doesn’t excite me,” he continued. “It’s strangely mechanical. And it’s also a dance, you choreograph in front of a camera. You can get into it.” , but it’s like a fight scene, you have to choreograph those scenes.”

The “Brokeback Mountain” actor also explained that there was a certain method that involved a pillow. “The pillow technique was used,” he said. “That was just preemptive and was generally always used when it was actually in a horizontal position in that movie.”

He said, “I think that was actually a suggestion from Jennifer. She was very nice to suggest before we started. She said, “I’ll put a pillow here.” “

In 2016, Gyllenhaal first revealed his crush on the “Friends” star. “She’s rough, you know, not nice. It’s so hard to give compliments,” he told People. “I will say, I was in love with her for years. And it was not easy to work with her. . . I was – er, yes. That’s all I’m going to say. It was pleasant. It wasn’t hard, I’d say.”

Gyllenhaal admitted at the time that he wasn’t a fan of the hit NBC sitcom, but was stunned by her “distant personality and movies she starred in.”

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Jennifer Aniston and Jake Gyllenhaal share an intimate moment in ‘The Good Girl’.
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While Gyllenhaal just made his first red carpet appearance with model girlfriend Jeanne Cadieu, Aniston recently said she’s ready to start dating again.

“No one of interest is on my radar yet, but I think it’s time. I think I’m ready to share myself with someone else,” the former “Friends” star told Bruce Bozzi on SiriusXM’s “Radio Andy.”

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Jake Gyllenhaal explained how difficult it was to film love scenes during the making of their 2002 movie ‘The Good Girl’.Getty Images

“The Morning Show” actress said she’s been in a relationship for nearly 30 years — Aniston was married to Brad Pitt from 2000 to 2005 and Justin Theroux from 2015 to 2017 — but has really enjoyed her time alone in recent years.

“I did not want to [date] for a long time, and I loved being my own wife without being part of a couple,” she said. “I’ve been part of a couple since I was 20, so there was something really nice about taking the time.”

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