Jake Gyllenhaal is a serious actor. He’s starred on screen and stage, earning Oscar and Emmy nominations, taking home a BAFTA, and giving nuanced and brilliant performances in stunning films like Brokeback Mountain, Nocturnal Animals, End of Watch and more. He also really, really loves Sean Paul. Like, LOVES Sean-ah Paul.
Gyllenhaal is currently promoting his latest film Spider-Man: Far From Home and was a guest on Greg James’ BBC Radio 1 show along with his co-star Tom Holland. Gyllenhaal and Holland were guests during a segment called “Unpopular Opinion,” where listeners call in and give their unpopular opinion, presenting James and guests with the opportunity to discuss whether the caller is correct. On this week’s episode, a tone-deaf caller named Brandon who apparently does not enjoy things like ‘joy’ and ‘having a good time’ called in and declared that Sean Paul was overrated. Lessons we learned today: you do not speak ill of Sean Paul in front of Jake Gyllenhaal. We love that the British are always educating us.
Following Brandon’s statement that Sean Paul is “massively overrated,” Gyllenhaal was swift with his declaration of fandom, yelling “No, absolutely not, just hang up on him.” Quickly getting heated and reaching a temperature to shelter you from the storm, Gyllenhaal continued, saying “Sean Paul makes every song better than he’s in. Absolutely, he’s a genius. There’s not a song he’s on or a remix that he’s on that isn’t good.”
We tried to think of an example that would prove otherwise, but we couldn’t. Sean Paul and Keyshia Cole’s “(When You Gonna) Give It Up To Me?” Slamming. Sean Paul and Dua Lipa’s “No Lie?” No lie, we love that song. Simple Plan featuring Sean Paul on “Summer Paradise” gives us Sean Paul AND CanCon. Don’t even get us started on Beyoncé and Sean Paul’s “Baby Boy.” It stays on our mind and fulfils our fantasies.
Gyllenhaal’s full-throttle stanning continued, with the actor saying “There’s not a moment when he comes on the radio that you’re not like, come on! He makes driving fun. I don’t care what you’re doing. You can be stuck in traffic and he comes on and you wanna dance.” He’s not wrong.
The best part of this interview obviously was Gyllenhaal making us feel like it was okay to proudly declare our love for Sean Paul. The next best moment was Tom Holland being as dumbfounded at this revelation as the rest of us. “Jake Gyllenhaal listens to ‘Cheap Thrills,’” said Holland. “Just wouldn’t have pegged you for a ‘Cheap Thrills’ fan.”
The segment ended with James playing Sia and Sean Paul’s hit, a favourite of Gyllenhaal’s’. “He’s in the studio and just killing every empty beat,” said Jake, who is not only a member of the Sean Paul fan club, he’s the president.
Now seems like an appropriate time to mention to Sean Paul that Jake is available for music videos. The actor has appeared in Vampire Weekend’s “Giving Up The Gun,” The Shoes’ “Time To Dance” and Jamie Foxx and T-Pain’s “Blame It On The Alcohol.” Time for that Sean Paul feat. Jake Gyllenaal collabo.