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Actors Jennifer Aniston and Jake Gyllenhaal with his Hollywood Breakthrough Acting Award backstage during the 9th Annual Hollywood Film Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on October 24, 2005 in Beverly Hills, California.

Jake Gyllenhaal revealed he had a major crush on co-star Jennifer Aniston on the set of 2002’s romantic drama The Good Girl.

Per Fox News, the Nightcrawler star opened up about his former screen partner during a recent interview and admitted it was tough to film love scenes with Aniston, 52, because he was infatuated with her.

“[Filming the sex scenes] was torture, yes it was,” Gyllenhaal, 40, said laughing. “But it was also not torture. I mean, come on, it was like a mix of both.”

“Weirdly, love scenes are awkward, because there are maybe 30, 50 people watching it? That doesn’t turn me on,” he continued. “It’s oddly mechanical. And also it’s a dance, you’re choreographing for a camera. You can get in it, but it’s like a fight scene, you have to choreograph those scenes.”

The Brokeback Mountain actor also explained the use of a pillow as a barrier between the two. “The pillow technique was used,” he said. “That was just preemptive and used generally always when actually in a horizontal place in that movie. I think that was actually a Jennifer suggestion. She was very kind to suggest it before we began. She was like, ‘I’m putting a pillow here.’”

In 2016, Gyllenhaal first revealed his crush on The Morning Show star. “She’s a rough one, you know, not likable. So hard to compliment,” he told People. “I will say, I had a crush on her for years. And working with her was not easy… I was – um, yeah. That’s all I’m going to say. It was lovely. It wasn’t hard, that’s what I would say.”

Gyllenhaal admitted at the time that he wasn’t a fan of her breakout Friends role, but was stunned by her “personality from afar, and movies she was in. And some of Friends – I’m not a huge Friends fan – but who she is.”

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