Jake Gyllenhaal’s acting career inspired by sister Maggie

NIGHTCRAWLER star Jake Gyllenhaal’s sister Maggie inspired his childhood dreams of acting, and both siblings have gone on to enjoy successful film careers.

The 38-year-old star has revealed how seeing the actress, now 41, on stage as a child pushed him to try it himself, and “it felt really right”.

He told Entertainment Tonight, “Ever since I saw my sister act… I saw her on stage and thought, ‘That looks like a whole lot of fun.

“Then I tried my hand at it and it felt really natural. It felt really right and I enjoyed it so much…

“I think I was about six or seven years old. And then it’s just been like that forever.”

The siblings both starred in Donnie Darko in 2001, and he has since appeared in the likes of Zodiac, Love & Other Drugs and Nightcrawler.

Sister Maggie has also enjoyed a very successful career with performances on the big screen in films like The Dark Knight, Mona Lisa Smile, Hysteria and Frank as well as TV and stage roles. – BANG!