Jake Gyllenhaal: My crush on Jennifer Aniston made filming love scenes torture

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Jake Gyllenhaal has confessed filming love scenes with Jennifer Aniston was "torture" and she "kindly" placed a pillow between them.

The 40-year-old Brokeback Mountain actor appeared opposite the 52-year-old Friends star in indie movie The Good Girl in 2004, about a depressed housewife who has a love affair with a younger colleague at the supermarket where she works.

Gyllenhaal - who has previously admitted he had a crush on Aniston - told The Howard Stern Show: "Oh yeah, it was torture, yes it was. But it was also not torture. I mean, come on, it was like a mix of both.

Jake Gyllenhaal and Jennifer Aniston starred in 'The Good Girl' in 2004. (Getty Images)
Jake Gyllenhaal and Jennifer Aniston starred in 'The Good Girl' in 2004. (Getty Images)

"Weirdly, love scenes are awkward, because there are maybe 30, 50 people watching it? That doesn't turn me on. It's oddly mechanical. And also it's a dance, you're choreographing for a camera. You can get in it but it's like a fight scene, you have to choreograph those scenes.

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"The pillow technique was used. That was just pre-emptive and used generally always when actually in a horizontal place in that movie."

He added: "I think that was actually a Jennifer suggestion, she was very kind to suggest it before we began. She was like, 'I'm putting a pillow here.'"

Jennifer Aniston and Jake Gyllenhaal during 18th Annual GLAAD Media Awards - Los Angeles - Show at Kodak Theater in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by John Shearer/WireImage)
Jennifer Aniston and Jake Gyllenhaal share an embrace at the GLAAD Awards in 2007. (Getty Images)

Gyllenhaal admitted to People in 2016 that he had a crush on the Friends star when they worked together.

He said: "I will say, I had a crush on her for years. And working with her was not easy. 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."

Jake Gyllenhaal and Jennifer Aniston during 18th Annual GLAAD Media Awards - Los Angeles - Backstage at Kodak Theater in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Jeff Vespa/WireImage)
Jake Gyllenhaal said Jennifer Aniston kindly suggested placing a pillow between them for the love scene. (Getty Images)

Asked if he had been a big fan of her as Rachel Geller in Friends he said: "Not so much Friends, but kind of her personality from afar, and movies she was in. And some of Friends – I'm not a huge Friends fan – but who she is."

Gyllenhaal is currently in a relationship with 25-year-old French model Jeanne Cadieu.

The Donnie Darko star told Stern he is keen to start a family.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 29: Peter Sarsgaard, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Jeanne Cadieu attend the premiere of
Jake Gyllenhaal, and Jeanne Cadieu [r] with his sister Maggie Gyllenhaal and her husband Peter Sarsgaard. (Getty Images)

He said: "That's all I want - is to be a good husband and a father, that really is what I want.

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"Now that I have fulfilled a lot of things in my career that I feel comfortable with, I can safely say that. I don't know if I could have said that before."

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