Find someone who writes lovely essays about you like Jake Gyllenhaal just did for Ryan Reynolds
We at HelloGiggles are big Ryan Reynolds stans. We like it when he and Blake Lively leave snarky comments to each other on Instagram. We like his bizarro tweets about parenting. We like Deadpool. You know who else is a big Reynolds stan? Jake Gyllenhaal.
Variety just announced the “New Power of New York List” for 2018, and each person on it received a profile written by one of their IRL friends. Gyllenhaal penned the essay for Reynolds, which read a bit like a platonic love poem, and honestly, we’re obsessed.
The essay mainly focused on Reynolds’ tireless work to bring Deadpool to the screen (Reynolds told E! News that it took 11 years to convince studio execs to make the film), and we want a friend who writes this lovingly about us.
“Audiences got to know Ryan a bit through his work in a string of romantic comedies. He was undoubtedly charming and handsome (annoying), but he never quite had the space to fire on all cylinders,” Gyllenhaal began.
"Ryan built the house of Deadpool brick by brick, constructing a space that inspired him and let him stretch to every corner of the room," he continued. "The remarkable success of Deadpool may have shocked the suits who took a chance on financing that ragtag superhero movie, but for the people who know and love Ryan, it was no surprise that the whole damn world rallied as soon as it had the chance to really see him: all of the edges and darkness, the crackerjack wit borne from a lifetime of sensitivity and sadness, and against all odds, the openness."
Gyllenhaal then went on to laud his friend’s work ethic and his role as a husband and a father, and wow, this friendship is literally the sweetest thing.
"He writes all night so he can be present for his kids and wife all day," Gyllenhaal wrote. "So often—too often—the wildly talented people of our world funnel the lion’s share of their energy into their work, but as good a writer and comedian as Ryan is, he is a better friend and father and husband. And that, for me, is the true mark of power."
Read Gyllenhaal’s full essay at Variety.