Peter Sarsgaard has no siblings but shares a close bond with his Brother-in-law, Jake Gyllenhaal!

Peter Sarsgaard's relationship with Jake Gyllenhaal has never made him feel like he lacks a sibling.


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Although the American actor Peter Sarsgaard has no siblings, as he is the only child of his parents, he has a brother from a different mother—Jake Gyllenhaal.

He married Jake Gyllenhaal’s sister, Maggie Gyllenhaal, in 2009, so Peter is Jake’s brother-in-law.

As they consider each other good friends, many people often wonder if they are actually siblings.

Further, Peter Sarsgaard, who never had any biological siblings, expresses how his relationship with Jake Gyllenhaal fills a significant void. He said, “Jake and I have built a bond that feels very much like that of brothers.”

Their bond, which is built on mutual respect and shared experiences, is also visible in their recent collaboration on the television drama Presumed Innocent.

Presumed Innocent

IMDb Crime Drama Mystery

It tells the story of a horrific murder that upends the Chicago Prosecuting Attorney’s office when one of its own is suspected of the crime.

DirectorDavid E. Kelley
Release DateJune 12, 2024
StudioNine Stories Productions, Warner Bros. Television Studios
CastJake Gyllenhaal, Ruth Negga, Bill Camp
WritersJeff Loveness, Stan Lee, Larry Lieber

Peter and Jake’s connection seamlessly enhances their professional collaboration

Peter Sarsgaard and Jake Gyllenhaal starred together in Apple TV+’s Presumed Innocent, which premiered in June 2024. Their years of friendship and familial ties were pretty obvious on the set.

In an interview, Peter said, “When you know someone as well as I know Jake, it brings a different layer to your performances together.” He went on to say, “A level of trust and honesty enhances every scene.”

Meanwhile, Jake added, “Working with Peter is always a joy. Our bond definitely influences our on-screen dynamic. We push each other to be better, to be more honest in our performances.

In the TODAY interview, Peter also jokingly recalled the time that they both shared a room during the shooting of Presumed Innocent.

He highlighted Jake’s precise organization habits, saying, “Jake is very well-organized, down to the yogurts in the fridge.

Such a friendship as Peter’s with Jake stands out in a world where genuine connections can be rare. Even though Peter has no actual siblings, he views and appreciates Jake as a brother.

Their bond proves that family includes not only those who share blood but also those who live with us, with whom we share our lives and dreams.

Additional Information

  • John Peter Sarsgaard, aka Peter Sarsgaard, 53, was born on March 7, 1971, to Judy Lea and John Dale Sarsgaard.
  • He gained recognition for his roles in ‘The Man in the Iron Mask,’ ‘Boys Don’t Cry,’ and ‘The Center of the World.’
  • Together with Maggie, Peter Sarsgaard has two daughters, Gloria Ray and Romano.
  • Jacob Benjamin Gyllenhaal, aka Jake Gyllenhaal, 53, was born on December 19, 1980, to Naomi Foner and Stephen Gyllenhaal.
Janavi Rajbhandari
Janavi Rajbhandari
Currently studying computer science, I am diving into the complex world of technology. I also have a deep passion for writing and storytelling which is how I found my true calling as a content writer. I have combined the logical thinking that I learned from computer science with my creative side to offer a unique perspective.


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