Go to content

Jake Gyllenhaal insists he was 'being sarcastic' about bathing comments

Jake Gyllenhaal insists he was 'being sarcastic' about bathing comments
/ Cover Media

Jake Gyllenhaal has insisted he was “being sarcastic” about his controversial bathing comments.

The Nightcrawler actor made waves in August when he stated during an interview with Vanity Fair that he didn’t believe regular showering was “necessary” and that humans “naturally clean ourselves”.

However, Jake has since clarified that he was joking about his bathing habits, and does in fact take showers.

"I don’t know what it was. I answered a question where I was being sarcastic and ironic, and it’s followed me around,” he stated at a recent screening of his new thriller film The Guilty, according to Buzzfeed, before adding jokingly: “Unfortunately, I showered before I came here…I’m sorry.”

In the original interview, which was conducted to promote his gig as the face of Prada’s Luna Rossa Ocean fragrance, Jake seemed to indicate that he didn't bathe everyday.

“More and more I find bathing to be less necessary, at times,” the 40-year-old commented during the chat. “I do believe, because Elvis Costello is wonderful, that good manners and bad breath get you nowhere. So I do that. But I do also think that there’s a whole world of not bathing that is also really helpful for skin maintenance, and we naturally clean ourselves.”


Subscribe to our newletter!Subscribe to our newletter!
By subscribing, I agree to receive communications by email from Cogeco Média and its affiliates, including news, updates, activities and contests. You can unsubscribe at any time by using the link at the bottom of our emails or contacting us via our Privacy Policy. Please note, however, that we may still continue to send you service-related and other non-commercial communications. This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.
Streaming will resume following advertisement.
The Beat of your Workday with Meghan Kelly