Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux had been married for approximately eight months and they have remained solid as a couple despite the breakup and cheating rumors coming out. Just recently, the 47-year-old actress discovered that one of the hottest actors in Hollywood today had a crush on her. So who is this secret admirer?
During an interview with People, Jake Gyllenhaal revealed to Jess Cagle that he used to have a big crush on Jen Aniston. The 35-year-old actor played her onscreen love interest in The Good Girl, which was released in 2002. He was only 22-years-old at the time, while she was still married to Brad Pitt.
“I will say, I had a crush on her for years. And working with her was not easy,” Gyllenhaal confessed. “I was – um, yeah. That’s all I’m going to say. It was lovely. It wasn’t hard, that’s what I would say.”
The Southpaw star also revealed what attracted him to Jen, who gained fame for her role as Rachel Green in the award-winning American sitcom Friends.
“Not so much Friends, but kind of her personality from afar, and movies she was in,” he said. “And some of Friends – I’m not a huge Friends fan – but who she is.”
During an interview with Access Hollywood, Jennifer Aniston was asked what her thoughts were about her secret admirer. It took 14 years before Jake Gyllenhaal admitted that he had a crush on his former co-star.
“I just don’t know why we’re finding this out now!” she exclaimed.
The blonde beauty was also asked if things would have been different if she would have found out earlier that Jake had a crush on her. Maybe her marriage with Justin Theroux wouldn’t have pushed through if he pursued her more.
“I don’t know! He likes the older ladies,” Aniston said. “He hid it well!”
Watch Jennifer’s reaction when she found out about Jake’s crush on her below:
Despite Gyllenhaal’s revelation, Aniston seems unfazed by the news because she claimed that she is in a happy place right now. When E! News asked the actress about the actor’s crush on her she doesn’t see a big deal about it.
“What do I do with this now?” she replied. “What good is it now?”
It seems that her heart only belongs now to her husband. She revealed that Justin Theroux is one of the greatest gifts in her life right now. Jen even described The Leftovers star as sweet and kind. Her co-star in her upcoming film Mother’s Day, Jason Sudeikis, even added that Justin is talented.
“That’s literally annoying for guys — he’s good-looking and talented,” Sudeikis jokingly said. “You deserve it though.”
Jennifer Aniston doesn’t only have an effect on men, but on women too. She’s been admired by many female celebrities including Selena Gomez. The 23-year-old singer had her first encounter with the Friends star in 2009 and it was an awkward moment for her.
“I was shaking!” Selena confessed to JustJaredJR. “I ran into Jennifer in the bathroom and she goes, ‘Hi!’ My legs started to shake and I ran. I didn’t know what to do because I freaked out.”
Jennifer and Selena bumped into each other again in 2014 during the party for her movie Cake. This time, the two were able to bond and talk to each other without her freaking out again. According to ET, the “Same Old Love” hitmaker even shared a photo of her hugging Justin’s wife on social media.
“I have not only been following her career as a fan since I was eight and now get to watch her completely transform in her new movie Cake, I have gotten to have real conversations with such a real heart, made my entire year,” she wrote on Instagram.
Jennifer Aniston seems to be used to being admired by both men and women that even the most eligible bachelor in Hollywood today wouldn’t make her ditch her husband, Justin Theroux.
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