Sing, Jake! Jake Gyllenhaal returned to the saturday night live stage with a musical trick up his sleeve.
the Ambulance star, 41, belt Celine Dion‘s “It’s all coming back to me now” during the Saturday, April 9 episode after noting that he thought his variety series’ return would be difficult the second time around.
“I never thought SNL would come back to call,” Gyllenhaal began his monologue. “I mean, it’s been 15 years and I wasn’t sure how to remember how to host, but being here tonight, I feel like it’s all suddenly coming back.”
During the Brokeback Mountain star’s musical performance, he was joined by cast members Chloe Fineman, Ego Nwodim and Cecile Forte on background vocals. The women’s burgundy dresses paid homage to her debut in January 2007. (Maya Rudolph, Amy Poehler and Kristen Wiigfor their part, wore similar dresses when singing for Gyllenhaal.)
“I’m so excited to be back at SNL. The last time I animated was in 2007. You know, how long ago was that? It was like 400 Marvel movies ago,” the California native joked about returning to NBC. “To give you an idea of what it was like in 2007, on the show I was hosting, there was a [President] George W. Bush sketches, there were jokes about the first iPhone, and here’s a photo of me from my monologue… Here I am in the middle of a flirt, singing a song of dream girls, to promote a movie in which I played a gay cowboy. It was actually probably the least problematic thing about this episode, but looking back, I feel like a totally different person.
He continued, “You know, it’s funny. I had a reputation for being this serious, intense actor, but honestly, I wasn’t even that good at methodical acting. … The truth is, I was just doing method stuff because I thought that was what it took to be a serious actor – and I kind of forgot how to have fun.
Gyllenhaal – who was joined by a musical guest Camila Cabello during Saturday’s episode – explained that he was ready to embrace the joy of acting again during the show.
“It’s pretend and it’s fun, and it should be filled with joy. Well, I’m finally getting that joy back, and that’s why I’m back on that stage,” said the Spider-Man: Far From Home the actor concluded his monologue.
Social media viewers were quickly blown away by his musical chops – and his courage – to sing a number from the 54-year-old Canadian native’s repertoire.
“You know, I didn’t think Jake Gyllenhaal could make amends to me personally, but the fact that he sings Celine Dion on #snl might just convince me,” one fan said. tweeted the Saturday. “If you’re willing to try and hit *those notes* on live TV knowing full well you can’t, you’ve got balls of steel.”
Another joked: “Uh. Idk if I can handle the magical perfection that is Jake Gyllenhaal singing Celine Dion’s most beautiful song. Swoon.”
While SNL viewers may have been stunned by Gyllenhaal’s musical talents, Saturday’s show isn’t the first time he’s sung in public. He previously played George Seurat in the 2017 Broadway revival of Sunday in the park with George opposite Annaleigh Ashford.
“We only had 10 weeks on Broadway and it was so unfinished,” he said. AND Canada about working on the Tony Award-nominated production in December 2019 ahead of its UK revival. “To come to London and kind of finish what we haven’t done yet and do it all over again together here, I don’t think we ever believed we would do it, so it feels like a dream.”
saturday night live airs on NBC Saturdays at 11:30 p.m. ET.
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