Jake Gyllenhaal Remembers Jill Clayburgh’s Spirit

Jake Gyllenhaal told the Huffington Post this weekend that he was unaware co-star Jill Clayburgh, who passed away Friday after battling leukemia, was ill.

“She left an indelible impression on me. You don’t really need much time to work or meet somebody and know that they’re really alive,” the Love and Other Drugs star said. “I think part of her sickness is what made her live her life … and really cherish the moments she had and cherish the people she was with,” he added.

Gyllenhaal and co-star Anne Hathaway arrived in London this morning to begin promoting their film abroad…

Clayburgh played Gyllenhaal’s mother in the film both he and director Edward Zwick only learned of Clayburgh’s sickness after working together on the film in fall of 2009.

“Her legacy is an extraordinary kind of acting which is of the highest level of authenticity but also of comedy. She managed to do both those things at once,” Zwick said.

Clayburgh, nominated for an Oscar for her performance in 1978’s An Unmarried Woman and Starting Over the following year, died at her home in Connecticut at 66. She was diagnosed with leukemia at 45.