Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal are both staples of modern drama. Each have carved out such a name for themselves in Hollywood, that you may not have noticed that you’ve heard that name before!
Maggie and Jake are the children of director and poet, Stephen Gyllenhaal, and screenwriter, Naomi Gyllenhaal. Stephen’s recent work has been mostly directing television episodes, though he won a primetime Emmy in 1990, for “Killing in a Small Town”. Naomi wrote the screenplay for their joint efforts, “A Dangerous Woman” and “Losing Isaiah”; the former, their son Jake played a part in.
With two parents steeped in industry connections, it no surprise that Maggie and Jake both found their palace in the Hollywood ledger. But, what is surprising, is the massive inheritance the pair were born into.
Jake Gyllenhaal has a net worth of approximately $65-80 million dollars. Maggie sits around $15 million. While both have certainly put in the work to earn their own money, their totals are in no small part to their parents, who are worth $10 million and $800 thousand, respectively.
However, their pairs’ successes do not mean they were eager for their children to enter the industry.
“I definitely remember crying on the kitchen counter,” Jake Gyllenhaal told Howard Stern, regarding his parents making him pass on the movie, “The Mighty Ducks”. “I was like, ‘You guys are crazy.’ My parents were like, ‘Look, you’re about to enter junior high school, you gotta get your education, that’s the most important thing. I promise you, you hate us now, but you’ll thank us later.’ And I do.”
Despite Jake and Maggie’s success and likeminded careers, the siblings wouldn’t consider each other rivals.
“We somehow found ourselves in the same business having grown up with two parents who were incredible teachers in storytelling [who] were also, admittedly, competitive with each other,” Jake said. “So that behavior was part of the model we were shown. And I’m her little brother. It’s within my nature to always want to support her, I would walk through fire for her, but it’s also my nature to want to win. But we have moved passed that competition. I can honestly say that all I want is for her to win, and it fills my heart to watch her killing it.”
Good to know that the siblings have both found their own success!