Jake Gyllenhaal Fell "In Love" With Sourdough Bread During Quarantine

Jake Gyllenhaal has taken up baking as a new hobby during self-isolation.

Jake Gyllenhaal is "falling in love" with sourdough bread.

The 39-year-old actor has turned to baking while self-isolating amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and has joked his new passion has gotten so out of control he's ready to start a romance with the yeast product.

Speaking during an appearance on Tuesday's (Apr 28) at-home episode of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, he told the host: "Shh, I have sourdough rising. Shh. It needs to rest. It's resting."

And when Colbert asked him to explain how he became part of the "sourdough cult" during social distancing, Gyllenhaal explained it all began when he started growing out his hair.

He added: "As my hair's grown longer and as I've sort of slowly inched into the hipster world, I've found myself falling in love with sourdough. There's a very particular kind of audience who is definitely into this."

Gyllenhaal is likely to be working up a sweat when he makes his doughy delights, as he previously claimed the "best form of self-care" involves sweating while getting "intimate" with a partner.

He explained: "I think it's all bulls**t if you want it to be bulls**t, and it's not if you don't. I feel that way about pretty much everything as long as you're not hurting anyone. I believe in sweat, in whatever form.

"For me, my best form of self-care is intimacy; that makes me sweat. And then I believe in the balance of rest and exercise. It's really that simple for me."

Meanwhile, Gyllenhaal recently said he's desperate to be a father one day. He said: "I do hope to be a father one day."

But, for now, he is focusing on his relationship with his two nieces — Ramona, 13, and Gloria, eight — whom his sister Maggie Gyllenhaal has with her husband Peter Sarsgaard.

In 2017, Gyllenhaal said: "My sister has raised two extraordinary daughters. They are so well-behaved and they are so thoughtful and so observant of the world around them. I'm so proud of not only them but my sister as a mother.

"When they come to me, I get two great girls, [but] at the end of the day there are times where it's not bad to hand them back."

Watch the full interview here. 

— BANG


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