Jake Gyllenhaal doesn't think bathing regularly is necessary, trolls 'glad to give him one'

Jake Gyllenhaal joins the ranks of Kutcher and Kunis after he reveals not bathing 'helpful for skin maintenance

                            Jake Gyllenhaal doesn't think bathing regularly is necessary, trolls 'glad to give him one'
Jake Gyllenhaal arrives at the premiere of Sony Pictures' 'Spider-Man: Far From Home' at TCL Chinese Theatre on June 26, 2019, in Hollywood, California (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

The next time you see Jake Gyllenhaal, remember he might not be as 'fresh' as you are. The actor revealed to Vanity Fair on August 5, 2021, that "more and more I find bathing to be less necessary, at times." The news comes shortly after he was announced as the face of Prada's Luna Rossa Ocean fragrance, perhaps a subtle hint that he relies more on deodorants than the rest of us. 

Gyllenhaal isn't the first celeb to subscribe to this weird new ritual. On August 4, Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard drew up a storm after Bell revealed they don't bathe their kids until they stink. That came days after Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis made a similar revelation, saying they bathe their kids only when they see "the dirt on them." Not bathing regularly is quickly gaining popularity in Hollywood, with Gyllenhaal now joining the ranks. 


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The actor made the shocking revelation during an interview with Vanity Fair about his new Prada project, which features a lot of water-related promotional material. The scent is inspired by the sailing team Luna Rossa, which is owned by Prada's Patrizio Bertelli. 



How often does Gyllenhaal bathe?

Speaking about water, the interview turned to New York's aquatic life, to which Gyllenhaal called "showering" his defining water experience in the city. That led to the question about his bathing ritual, and Gyllenhaal answered, "More and more I find bathing to be less necessary, at times. I do believe because Elvis Costello is wonderful, that good manners and bad breath get you nowhere. So I do that. But I do also think that there’s a whole world of not bathing that is also really helpful for skin maintenance, and we naturally clean ourselves."

Along with that rather juicy tidbit, Gyllenhaal also revealed his confusion around loofahs. "I always am baffled that loofahs come from nature. They feel like they’ve been made in a factory but, in fact, it’s just not true. Since I was young, it’s amazed me." Of course though, it was his bathing ritual that was more important, and shocking. Shortly after the interview was published, it didn't take long for people to spread the word about Gyllenhaal's bathing routine, or the lack of it.

Social media in particular, had a lot to say. As with Bell and Shepard, and Kutcher and Kunis, Gyllenhaal quickly found himself the target of numerous trolls. 

Jake Gyllenhaal arrives at the 'Stronger' press conference during the 13th Zurich Film Festival on October 3, 2017 in Zurich, Switzerland. (Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)

'Please take a f----- bath'

"Jake Gyllenhaal is being open about not bathing because he already knows the 10 minute version of All Too Well is going to end it for him," one person said. Another joked, "I speak for Jakes around the globe when I say that bathing is very good and we do not align with Mr. Gyllenhaal's comments." One user said, "the one time i met jake gyllenhaal he smelled fine so thank you to his handlers for wrestling him into the bath that day."




One user shared a GIF from 'Spider-Man: Far From Home' and tweeted, "this wasn't added with cgi, it was just jake gyllenhaal's natural odors." Another person joked, "a difficult day for those of us with "take a bath w/ jake gyllenhaal" on our vision boards." One person sensed a rare opportunity and tweeted, "well if jake gyllenhaal just needs me to give him a bath everyday i’d more than glad to."




"three consecutive tweets on the tl talking about not bathing mr gyllenhaal please take a f------ bath," one user tweeted. Another joked, "Jake Gyllenhaal missed Taylor Swift’s bday because he was too busy taking his last ever bath :(."




While shocking and disgusting to some, it doesn't appear as if Gyllenhaal's revelation has had a major impact on his career. He's still one of the hottest properties in Hollywood, and clearly on social media as well. If you are interested, you can check out the first ad for Prada's Luna Rossa Ocean fragrance on Gyllenhaals' Instagram account. 

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