Jake Gyllenhaal is joining a growing number of celebrities who are opening up about their less-than-conventional hygiene habits.
In a new interview with Vanity Fair, the actor jumped into the bathing debate, saying, “More and more, I find bathing to be less necessary, at times. I do also think that there’s a whole world of not bathing that is also really helpful for skin maintenance, and we naturally clean ourselves.”
While Jake may feel some shower apathy, he made a point of noting that there are other hygiene habits that he still very much finds necessary.
“I do believe, because Elvis Costello is wonderful, that good manners and bad breath get you nowhere. So I do [brush my teeth],” he said.
Jake is not the first celebrity to share some unconventional views when it comes to washing up. Earlier this month, Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis made headlines when they appeared on Dax Shepard’s Armchair Expert podcast and revealed their hygiene routines.
“I don’t wash my body with soap every day,” Mila explained (via E! Online). “But I wash pits and tits and holes and soles.”
Ashton’s routine is similar. “I wash my armpits and my crotch daily and nothing else ever,” he said. “I got a bar of Lever 2000 that just delivers every time. Nothing else.”
So how does the world (and by “the world,” we mean people passionate enough about the topic to weigh in on Twitter) feel about this trend toward opening up about shower apathy? In general, the responses break down into a few key categories.
The tweets in defense of Jake and co:
YOU HEARD IT HERE FIRST JAKE GYLLENHAAL SMELLS NICE!! LIKE HAND CREAM AND SHAMPOO pic.twitter.com/Wv2jfNu1F0
— nika ♡ ྀ (@scottlangfilm) August 6, 2021
Jake Gyllenhaal is right. Not showering all the time (and by that I mean not shampooing your hair and using soap on your skin everyday) is extremely good for your hair and skin. Also people freaking out over other people's bathing habits is fucking weird af.
— EvolvingWild (@EvolvingWild) August 7, 2021
not now baby. mommy has to defend jake gyllenhaal on the internet. pic.twitter.com/BELEbt1uGs
— liv ♡ (@DUNNESLEDGER) August 6, 2021
me if i see ashton kutcher, mila kunis, & jake gyllenhaal on the street
— j. ❦ (@bvffysfilms) August 6, 2021
me sneaking into jake gyllenhaal’s toilet when he takes his biannual shower pic.twitter.com/Qv77HTBvRY
— jyoti (@alewifebycIairo) August 7, 2021
Retweet to scare Jake Gyllenhaal pic.twitter.com/PVllOjmPS4
— 🌸Wing Wolf🌸 (Commissions Open) 🆖 🏳️⚧️ (@GirlyWolfPup) August 7, 2021
tom holland after inhaling jake gyllenhaal’s odour on the spiderman set pic.twitter.com/Rbu247cVdM
— tabitha (@filmmaddens) August 6, 2021
this wasn't added with cgi, it was just jake gyllenhaal's natural odors pic.twitter.com/P7bVgEbvpd
— via🍄 (@pixiedarko) August 6, 2021
Jake Gyllenhaal: "We naturally clean ourselves."
Me, a physician: pic.twitter.com/l7KuhoEN0y
— Sam J Cohn, MD (@samjcohn) August 6, 2021
And Swifties contemplating the implications of this revelation on Red (Taylor’s Version)/a slew of “All Too Well” and “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” jokes:
Jake Gyllenhaal revealing he smells real bad just in time for the "we are never getting back together" era coming back.... taylor's mind
— Dana Schwartz (@DanaSchwartzzz) August 6, 2021
oh to be jake gyllenhaal’s publicist dealing with the oncoming ten minute all too well in addition to the not bathing pic.twitter.com/zq45B4XtW5
— this is a cow farm🐄youre gonna have cows outside (@hurricanereanna) August 6, 2021
never thought i’d see jake gyllenhaal and all too well trending for unrelated reasons pic.twitter.com/BvsVkt9R9i
— Atėnė (@atenekec) August 6, 2021
Me thinks taylor asked jake gyllenhaal to take a shower and thats why he didn't show up on her birthday and stole her scarf, bet he regrets it now 🤡🤡 pic.twitter.com/ACXOX6lM8u
— 🍂rupsha🧣 (@gotnotea) August 6, 2021
taylor swift: i am releasing a 10-minute version of my song about jake gyllennhaal
jake gyllenhaal: I'm not really into bathing
— kelsey weekman (@kelsaywhat) August 6, 2021
It’ll be fun…seeing taylor release all too well after jake gyllenhaal said he doesn’t shower pic.twitter.com/8ZmxUonvcv
— marie (taylor's version) 🧣♥️ (@msjemmxswift) August 6, 2021
when jake gyllenhaal finally gives taylor swift the old scarf from that very first week back but it smells like him pic.twitter.com/M6S1fCjkyR
— kathleen (@kathleen_hanley) August 6, 2021
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