Jake Gyllenhaal Spoke About Being Legally Blind

Jake Gyllenhaal spoke about being legally blind in a new interview with the Hollywood Reporter.

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According to the publication, Jake has 20/1250 vision and was born with a lazy eye that naturally resolved itself. He wears intensive corrective lenses or thick, Coke bottle-style glasses to see more clearly.

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"I like to think it’s advantageous," he told the publication. "I’ve never known anything else. When I can’t see in the morning, before I put on my glasses, it’s a place where I can be with myself."

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Indeed, he has occasionally opted to use his blindness when acting — such as in the 2015 movie Southpaw, when he removed his contacts in order to listen more closely to the dramatic scene happening.

Jake Gyllenhaal on the red carpet at a "Southpaw" premiere, wearing a light suit with a patterned tie
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The actor seldom talks about his blindness, telling the Telegraph in 2017 of the thick glasses he had to wear as a kid, "I was an easy target, and I was always a sensitive kid."

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You can read the full interview with the Hollywood Reporter here.