Hollywood star Jake Gyllenhaal has said he thinks the film industry is becoming increasingly gay-friendly.
The Brokeback Mountain star opened up in a round-table discussion with the Hollywood Reporter.
The 34-year-old spoke 10-years-on from starring as Jack Twist in the iconic gay film, to reflect on the LGBT community’s advances in general, and said he hopes it will have a positive affect on Hollywood.
“I think it is changing… and it’s pretty amazing how it’s changing. And one of the things that I’m so proud of that movie, was to see, within the past basically 10 years, how much has changed.
“When the Supreme Court [issued a ruling] just a little while ago, I felt like we had been part, a little part and parcel of that movement. I was proud, you know? To me that’s really a pretty incredible moment. We had to wait a little while for it. But when will it be OK for an actor to be gay? I mean, it’s OK now.”
Going on, he reflected on working with the late actor Ledger, who died two years after Ang Lee drama Brokeback was released.
He said they were friends before filming began, but got closer as the film was produced.
“Heath was always somebody who I admired,” he continued.
“He was way beyond his years as a human, in a way. I wasn’t quite sure where he came from. I mean, I know he’s from Perth, but I wasn’t really quite sure where he came from, and I think that’s the feeling most people got when they were around him and why he was so extraordinary.”
Gyllenhaal earlier this year paid an emotional tribute to late co-star Heath Ledger.
The star opened up about his “best friend” Ledger, who died of an accidental drug overdose at age 28.
He previously reflected on the Supreme Court ruling in favour of same-sex marriage, saying it is “all about love.”